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Dragons to Butterflies Paperback – March 29, 2016
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About the Author
Johnnie Calloway grew up in a small town in Kentucky (Population around 11,000). His mother passed when he was only five leaving him to grow up with an angry, alcoholic, sexually confused father. Johnnie was born into a reputation that he never wanted but was obligated to live up to. Still Johnnie always wanted to be the “good guy”. The conflict between his personal desire and his sense of obligation to his dad’s/family’s reputation created a great torment that was oddly accompanied with an insatiable yearning to learn. Eventually Johnnie became a seeker of truth. And has now devoted himself to sharing what his seeking has taught him with others. He has written two books, “Taming the Dragon” and “Dragons to Butterflies, The Metamorphosis of a Man”, and is currently working on, “Within the Chrysalis, It’s an Inside Job”.
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Top Customer Reviews
What an exceptionally written book and writer Author, Johnnie Calloway is! A true memoirist. As a child, what this man went through and the dysfunctional family dynamic didn't surprise me that it sent him on a long journey of seeking, affirmation, self-sabotage, and turning to addiction. We seem to forget or not taught when starting to recover; we need to begin the "inner work" of processing the horrific trauma to heal in "Wellness."
This book proves and is a testament to never giving up and having resilience into Triumph in recovery no matter how lost we are. The chapter that "touched" me the most was Chapter 17, "The Aftermath." The author starts out; "Humiliation became a way of life for me. I ran into everything head first, hoping to find the one thing, one person, or substance to make me OKAY."
What a powerful statement as I knew what he was saying. I did this myself in my aftermath of childhood trauma and abuse and had turned to addiction. This book gives an in-depth look at a person who can and has found his way to "other side."
Was it easy? NO. But with the bravery and courage, Johnnie has found along his journey some peace and serenity and let it go! Life events are just as traumatic, like the death of a parent, which affected the author deeply when his mother passed at his age of five. He spent years blaming himself that he held part of her passing. It started a cycle of self-sabotage and feeling unworthy of anything good in his life.
Reading this book is must read for all and shares no matter how deep our past pain and scars are?
We can we recover no matter the roadblocks in our way!
Johnnie is now on a quest to share what he has learned along his journey to share and give hope to others. Just an amazing true story and read!
"In Recovery Magazine" Columnist, Catherine Lyon