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My Saints Alive: Reflections on a Journey of Love, Loss and Life Paperback – April 26, 2011
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John Thomas is a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia where he serves as Director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. He began his professional career as a public school teacher and administrator. Following those years he continued his public sector role as director of several non-profit organizations of public officials both elected and appointed. At the national level he led an organization of county officials and a professional society for public administration. Throughout his career he has kept one foot in the academy while solidly planting the other in the practice of policy and management. John earned his doctorate at the University of Southern California and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. The Athenian Oath inspires his public work. John blends his professional responsibilities with an active religious and spiritual life. He is a life-long Presbyterian who remains actively engaged in his church. The Apostles Creed is the living foundation for his church life. He recently completed a three-year term on the Session where he served as the Stated Clerk. He is equally devoted to the care of his soul and finds meditation to be an essential technique in that aspect of his journey. John has embraced love, loss, and life. His reflection and the journey continue. He finds interaction with others who are similarly committed to exploration to be healthy and healing.
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Rebecca K. Charlottesville. I read My Saints Alive slowly, pausing and savoring many parts before continuing, and marveled at your skill and courage to reveal honest emotions. Your prose is so eloquent and powerful. I plan to share the book with my sister as she is struggling with the loss of a man who filled her last 8 years with great love.
Raymond C. Carrboro, NC. I read My Saints Alive in two sittings. Could not put it down except to run for yet another Kleenex to wipe away the effusion of tears. Your referencing Mozart and Odysseus repeatedly "had me at hello"! Beautiful! Gripping! Inspiring!
Glen S. Mechanicsville, VA. I got 40 pages into the book, stopped reading--hugged my wife and said; DO YOU KNOW HOW VERY MUCH I LOVE YOU!
Ed F. Burke, VA. Sandy and I read My Saints Alive separately and couldn't wait to discuss it together. The conversations have been continuing on a daily basis. Brave, remarkable, poignant, revelatory, courageous, warm, inspiring, honest, free-flowing, touching, candid, intimate, humbling, difficult, complex, thought-provoking... I could go on but you get the idea.
Elias A. North Garden, VA. Since I read your book I am having much more frequent and meaningful conversations with my wife--of 41 years. Even more amazing are the regular communications with my mother--who died years ago.
James M. East Sparta, OH. Your Reflections have been a Godsend for me as I embark on this unwanted journey into becoming a widower. Jolene died just two weeks ago.
Melanie G. Charlottesville. My Saints Alive validates so much of my spiritual meanderings and explorations. The book makes my heart and soul sing!
Lem T. Washington. D.C. My Saints Alive is riveting, spiritual reading! Beautifully written and so packed with emotions!
Marilyn H. Montgomery, MD. A strong and tender model for all who love and inevitably lose someone so dear.
Tyler S. Lynchburg, VA. My Saints Alive demonstrates what a rich life you can have, even in face of losing (mortally) two people whom you love very much, if you open up to
Frank S. Annapolis, MD. For those who know John Thomas as I do as a professional public administrator, colleague, and friend, My Saints Alive will reveal a side of him that I do not think any of us knew. For those who do not know him, his writing from the soul may suggest there is more to us than we commonly believe. And, if you have lost someone very dear, it may be enlightening to see how John coped.