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I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall Hardcover – June 5, 2007

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MIKE JONES is a Colorado native who has excelled at body building throughout his adult life, winning many awards for his strong, sculpted physique. From 1980 until November 2006, he worked as an escort and a massage therapist. His recent media appearances include The Today Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN, Court TV, Dr. Keith Albow, AP Television Washington, People Magazine, Newsweek, Time, and The Advocate. He is single and lives in Denver, Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (June 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583227687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583227688
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is very well written. I could not put the book down. Also Mike is to be admired for having the courage to reveal the hypocrisy of Ted Haggard. He also allows the public to see the human side of being a homosexual in America. Too many stereo types exist, he helps to understand how one man lives his life as a gay man. It was a refreshing book. Thank you Mike for being honest and sharing the story.
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When Mike Jones exposed the hypocrisy of Ted Haggard last fall, I had hoped that he would write a book about his three year "relationship" with the fallen evangelist, because the media never tells the full story, and the stuff they do tell is often inaccurate and/or incomplete. Of course, this is Mike Jones' side of the story and from what I've read, Haggard won't be writing his memoirs anytime soon, but even if he did, it would be suspect to begin with because he has every reason to lie and minimize the damage.

However, Mike Jones reveals a lot of courage in what he writes about in this book. From being bullied by his older brother, which prompts him into taking weightlifting classes in high school, to the time when he first realized he could make money from his hard physique, it's hard not to root for the guy. Though he writes a little too much about all the tears he shed over the years, it is nice to know that beneath that rock hard exterior lies a true and sensitive soul. It reveals something about our society in which married men in high positions (pro-sports, business, the clergy, and political office) are willing to part with $200 an hour to be authentic with him in ways they can't be with their wives or girlfriends.

It's a good read, heartwarming, and an inspiration, even. We should all be happy and grateful for what he has done, to expose hypocrisy of the worst type: religious piousness. Jesus would be very proud of this man!
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OK, I stole the above quote from Jackie Collins, who told me it came from a review of one of her novels.

I have to confess that I bought Mike Jones's memoir expecting a fun, tawdry read. I was surprised by his depth of insight and articulateness, although I almost drowned in the tsunami of tears he sheds in the text, which is literally, as they used to call maudlin movies, a hankie-soaker.

"I Had to Say Something" was so absorbing it deserves the cliches "I couldn't put it down" and "a real page-turner."

Shameless self-promotion: As someone who literally wrote the book on gays and methamphetamine, "Tweakers: How Crystal Meth Is Ravaging Gay America" (Alyson, 2005), I offer a possible explanation for Haggard's continuing inexplicable behavior, like reviewing Jones's book on Amazon. Crystal makes you do crazy things.

A sad postscript to Mike and Ted's Excellent Misadventure: While researching two books I wrote about substance abuse, I interviewed Dr. Thomas Newton, the former head of UCLA's Substance Abuse Inpatient Services at the university's Neuropsychiatric Institute. Professor Newton told me, "Once somebody gets into crystal, they're just going to go down the toilet," an accurate description of where Haggard and his ministry ended up.

Worse, other addictionologists told me that methamphetamine is even more addictive than heroin. Like all addictions, crystal use is a progressive disease, which means it only gets worse and doesn't improve or remit spontaneously. Only professional treatment or self-help groups, optimally both, will force the disease into remission and turn it into chronic but treatable condition.
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I'm not much of a book reviewer, but after reading this book, I had to say something. My life has been full of Arts and Teds, all married with children. Over the years I became friends with many of these men. I tried to give them an understanding of what they considered "the dark side" of their sexual life. Mr. Jones has been doing this all his life. Ted was fighting this all his life. During the day Ted preached against sexual immorality, but at night he disappeared into its shadow. This is hypocrisy. This book is truthful and wonderfully written. I enjoyed the book so much that I read it in two days.
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I live in Colorado and watched as the events described in this book transpired. It was a wonderful thing to see truth triumph over hypocrisy and I really applauded Jones' actions. Many years later a friend became acquainted with Jones through his new career, and saw how kind and compassionate a person he truly is. She asked me to order the book for her, and when it arrived I read it and was spellbound. If you love a story of courage and standing up for what's right, if you hate the kind of hypocrisy that masquerades as godliness, you'd like this book.
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This goes to show how judgmental we all can be. I bought this book thinking this guy (Mike Jones) was just a shallow, spiteful person and that anyone who would prostitute himself and knowingly accept money for sex from married men had no morals. I had never heard of Ted Haggard.

But a couple of pages into the narrative I immediately knew that Mike Jones was a kind, sensitive soul who would never intentionally hurt anyone.

As I continued to read, the depth of his personality shone through with such conviction. He never skirted around any issue and it is clearly evident to me that Mike was himself a victim of not only hypocrisy but of men who choose to use men like himself for their own pleasure without thinking of the consequences.

He makes you empathize with himself and with Pastor Haggard (who I pray has come to terms with himself for his sake as well as the sake of his family....especially his five children).

Mike Jones bares his emotions so vividly that any misconception I had about him were resolved. The narrative about his dealing with his mother's illness and death is particularly compelling and poignant. I may not agree with what he chose to do in his life to make a living but that's not for me to judge. That is between him and God. All I can say is that in recounting his experience he demonstrates that we are all hippocrites to some extent or another. We are all sinners. None of us will get out of this life unscathed. He made me appreciate the gifts that we all have to offer to one another and to make the most out of what has been given to us and never to take anything for granted.

I hope and pray that Mike Jones has found happiness and rebuilt his life and I applaud him for the courage it took to tell his story. God Bless him because there but for the grace of God go I.....
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