Then, once in awhile, we meet a newcomer ready and eager to master all he can, knowing that the learning will require sacrifice and rejection, who brings to his craft that certain combination of emotion, sincerity and logic and isn't afraid to let it show, who writes because not to write would be worse--and we recognize him. We are us, and now he is us. Such a person is Michael T. Powers.
For the past year I have been enjoying Michael's pieces on his web site. They are warm, funny, touching and filled with the family and spiritual values that make him such a solid man. My favorite changes from week to week; sometimes I think he will never surpass When Lightning Bugs Look Like Fireworks, but then I re-read Taking Off the Mask and again, enjoy the goosebumps. How did this young person get to be so good, I wonder? Not just at writing, but at life! People who worry about the moral development of today's twenty- and thirty-somethings ought to read his parenting pieces, his stories of coaching teenage basketball players. They would be truly consoled and encouraged.
Fortunately, that's something we can all do. Michael's collection of stories Heart Touchers is finally here. I can recommend it wholeheartedly, and am looking forward to yet another read. Michael, welcome to the "lying around the house" club. May Heart Touchers be only the beginning. --Joan Wester Anderson New York Times Best-Selling Author of 15 books including Where Angels Walk and Forever Young, the authorized biography of screen legend Loretta Young.