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Every Foreign Land: The Story of a Baha'i Pioneer Paperback – October 2, 2013
About the Author
John Warner, PhD, is a Research Scientist at the University of Florida's Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center. He has published numerous articles about his research and is the author of Every Foreign Land which tells of his Jewish upbringing and encountering of the Bahá'í Faith, his subsequent cross-county bicycle ride and travels to Ecuador as a Bahá'í Pioneer and as an agronomist in the Peace Corps. John remained in Ecuador for over 17 years then returned to the United States where he obtained MS and PhD degrees in entomology at the University of Florida and also became a black belt in Karate. John is an active teacher of the Bahá'í Faith which he has taught in Ecuador, Trinidad, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, as well as in the United States. He currently lives in Boca Raton, Florida.
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I knew John around '72-74 when he lived in Northern California and I was present when some of his stories took place.He recounted them very accurately.
John tells his stories in a way that is personal, direct, and sincere. The book has universal appeal since it deals with such themes as search for truth, altruism, personal identity, ideals, faith, hope, trials and tribulations, etc. Anyone who has immersed himself in another culture, in the Peace Corps or elsewhere, will be able to relate to John's experiences. Someone who hasn't had such experience will find himself yearning to be able to, whether bicycling across Canada or journeying to South America.
John makes no bones about the fact that he was raised Jewish and became a Baha'i. He is not preachy about it but explains his reasons and did not see it as turning his back on the faith of his ancestors but rather fufilling it.
There are no heavy themes to ponder in "Every Foreign Land." Instead, the reader will find a simple and straightforward account of one man's adventurous life's journeys and how he dealt with the challenges while never losing his sense of humour. I hope he plans to publish future volumes.
"I've kept your book, Every Foreign Land, close at hand since receiving it.
I enjoy very much rereading and rereading the underlined parts. Sharing your life with me has helped me stabilize my own. Telling the story of pioneering days in Equador conveys the value of being stouthearted and tenacious coupled with having a pure heart. I reflect on and admire those qualities. Your service to the Baha'i Faith is I believe extremely good example. I benefit from you sharing your experience. Thank you very much."