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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Art Universe, Inc.; 1st edition (February 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971961778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971961777
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,121,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jon Soeder has in many ways lived many lives, all in one lifetime. A resident of Southern California since birth, except for his studies at the University of Miami in Florida, he initially intended to become a marine biologist. The story of how he arrived at a different calling is revealed in one of his stories of amazing sequential events which are described in Fingers in the Light. These events led to his decision to become a fine artist and commercial graphic designer—a profession that became lifelong. During the 1970’s Jon also participated in a 9,500 mile run marathon, called “Liberty Torch” in which he placed a foot in each of the continental United States. He also taught math and coached swimming at a private school in Florida, and worked as a missionary in his church, as well as having traveled the world. But the external biographical facts don’t necessarily reflect a person’s inner life or what is most important. Jon’s real story is about his quest to understand his true path and his place in life in relation to his amazing experiences of divine guidance and his God-given gifts and abilities. This quest and all that he has learned through his experiences is now being told for the first time in his books. Jon’s love for and advocacy of marine mammals continues, as does his sensitivity to the natural world and its creatures. These avocations are explored in True Tails, which was his first autobiographical book and centers around his gift of coherent two-way communication with animals and other many-legged creatures. He also works for the preservation of marine mammals—his gently persuasive and rational arguments for ending the killing of whales and other sentient marine creatures are expressed in his popular website blog, The Whale People (www.thewhalepeople.com). And although his first books are of a non-fiction nature, Jon has begun working on a five series, science fiction/fantasy adventure called “Element 238 - The Search for Truth.” The first volume he plans to release in the Winter of 2012 - watch for it! His author website: jhsoeder.com also has links to his short stories, both fiction and non-fiction. Jon’s graphic design company, Soeder Designs, Inc. is located in Port Hueneme, California (website: www.jonsoeder.com), and Jon lives in Ventura County. His books are widely available in softcover and e-book format. You can follow Jon on Twitter or Facebook. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Jon Soeder, who also writes under the pen name J.H. Soeder, (http://www.jhsoeder.com) has in many ways lived many lives, all in one lifetime. A resident of Southern California, except for his studies at the University of Miami in Florida, he initially intended to become a marine biologist. The story of how he arrived at a different calling is revealed in one of his stories of amazing sequential events which are described in Fingers in the Light. These events led to his decision to become a fine artist and commercial graphic designer--a profession that became lifelong.

During the 1970's Jon also participated in a 9,500 mile run marathon, called "Liberty Torch" in which he placed a foot in each of the continental United States. He also taught math and coached swimming at a private school in Florida, as well as having traveled the world extensively.

But the external biographical facts don't necessarily reflect a person's inner life or what is most important. Jon's real story is about his quest to understand his true path and his place in life in relation to his amazing experiences of divine guidance and his God-given gifts and abilities, one of which is his award winning writing. This quest and all that he has learned through his experiences is now being told for the first time in his non-fiction books and now through his science fiction books.

Jon's love for and advocacy of marine mammals continues, as does his sensitivity to the natural world and its creatures. These avocations are explored in True Tails, which was his first autobiographical book and centers around his gift of coherent two-way communication with animals and other many-legged creatures. He also works for the preservation of marine mammals--his gently persuasive and rational arguments for ending the killing of whales and other sentient marine creatures are expressed in his popular website blog, The Whale People (www.thewhalepeople.com).

And although his first books are of a non- fiction nature, Jon has began his debut as a science fiction writing with the release of his science fiction adventure called "Element 238 - The Search fo Truth." The first four volumes are now available in exclusive Kindle format. His author website: http://www.jhsoeder.com also has links to his short stories, both fiction and non-fiction.

Jon lives in Ventura County. His books are widely available in softcover and e-book format. You can follow Jon on Twitter or Facebook.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Writer on March 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
This was an amazing book! Before reading this book I couldn't have imagined what life must be like with an ability to communicate with other species, but now I can and wish I could. Funny, sad, exciting, Mr. Soder must have had an incredible life.

I recommend this to anyone with a love of animals and to anyone teenage or older. An easy, fun read.
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True Tails is wonderful, riveting and mesmerizing. It is one of those very, very rare books which gives you an intimate, first-hand view into a special world most only dream of, or relegate to fairytales - the universe of interpersonal, human-animal communication. This memoir may seem impossible, a mere stretch of the imagination to some. But to others, like myself, the book is a never-before-glimpsed affirmation of some of my oldest hopes and dreams. I couldn't put it down.

Through a gift he discovered when he was only two years old, and which has remained with him throughout his adulthood, Jon Soeder realized he could "hear" the voices - thoughts - of many of the animals he came into contact with. He could speak back to them mentally - and they would "hear" him and respond. Told first in the simple speech of a child, then that of an adolescent, and finally as an adult, Jon weaves his true stories of brief and longer encounters with birds, dogs, horses, dolphins, and other living creatures with the events and turning points of his own life, both low and high. For a very long time, understandably, Jon kept his ability a secret so as not to appear too odd, or be entirely unreal to others.

I found many of these stories profoundly moving, for I came to understand, and was amazed to find out that living creatures could think, communicate, and share so many values in common with human beings. Some of the stories, particularly toward the end, are mindblowing - the stuff of legends. I feel incredibly privileged that someone like Jon has seen to share his story with us and so beautifully heighten our understanding of the living beings with whom we inhabit our world. This book had a powerful impact on me, and made some of my own dreams come true - to know, finally, that we can communicate with animals, and they will communicate back. If you love animals, you will love this book.
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I have now completed reading this book! The author's telepathy and rapport with the animal kingdom from a very young age is incredible.

But don't think this is all the book is about. It may describe the author's life from the standpoint of animals he has known, but it is also very moving in so far as Jon did not seem have an easy start in life, and yet by good fortune and people he encoutered, he turned his life around to make an incredible success at it.

The book is very uplifting and teaches some interesting lessons - like showing what it takes to win in life, one example being with a High School Olympic coach, who conducted his swimming team like a finely tuned military machine, with each team player knowing exactly what was their part to bring off ultimate success.

I feel spiritually enriched by reading this book and look forward to further books by this author.
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By R. urban on April 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
I very much enjoyed reading this book. Little did I know what was in store for me when I first saw it. After reading a few pages, the authors easy way of communicating very simple ideas/concepts made it a fast read but also due to the story line, an exciting one as well.

It was easy to get into it and harder still to put it down...wanting to read just a few more pages to see what was coming next.

I loved the different animal stories and couldn't help think of all my own experiences with pets and animals.

This book is one of those books that young children should read, to get them started off on the right foot.

Hollywood should make a movie out of it too.
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