Join Johnny-Boy as he looks back on his childhood as a “little bad boy from the Bronx”. As he recounts all his tales of trouble-making, he leaves behind a trail of Bible verses for you to follow. Part memoir, part devotional, God Verses the Bad Boy will have you munching on tidbits from this bad boy’s story along with a few crumbs of Scripture from God’s table.
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With Dad breaking his back lifting garbage cans and Mom constantly in and out of mental institutions battling alcohol-related issues, “Johnny-Boy” was allowed to run the Bronx streets freely, wreaking havoc wherever he went. He can now look back and chuckle over these events from his past.
John shares these stories with the inmates at the 33rd Street Correction Facility in Orlando Florida. He has been volunteering there for over nine years, sharing his books and stories with the mostly young inmates. He believes the truth of God gives them hope for a brighter future.
The books are reflections of his tumultuous time of life–adventurous, comical, and heart-wrenching works of Art. All his books have been inspired from time spent with his friends on the inside of those walls.
He hopes you enjoy the stories as much as the inmates do, and would love to hear your thoughts. He does not think of himself as a writer, but if others do he will gladly continue to reflect on his past within the pages of these books.
You can email the bad boy at: email@example.com
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John Murray takes his readers on a unique journey into the past through the documented accounts of his childhood as a “bad boy” from the Bronx in his book, God Verses The Bad Boy. While there might be many such stories circulating through adult conversations of past childhood exploits, the author bravely puts his to print with references of scripture that coincide with his antics or harrowing situations.
His childhood wasn’t typical for those of us growing up in the suburbs or country areas, but it was and still is a typical childhood experience not only for John, but for many inner-city children. He recounts his early years through a well-written series of stories that are sometimes shocking, heartbreaking, warm and fuzzy or hard to believe that he was able to survive the many unsupervised periods of his life as a tiny preschooler and young boy.
Many children have been forced to make life choices too soon, my father included. He recounted stories of his childhood that gave my overly sheltered life more understanding, but he never went into too much detail about his activities. John shares his childhood in detail with a colorful and upbeat tone that reveals a life without his mother for lengthy periods of time, and a father who was spread thin working hard to support eight children and simultaneously watch over them as best as one parent can.
The book reads like a television series that keeps you watching, wondering what could happen next to this tiny, precocious boy who should have been under his mother’s watch. Yet, he doesn’t complain, but instead references the closeness of his family, their love and devotion to one another and the highly organized system their father used to keep their lives going daily. This same skill was handed down to the young John who learned how to scheme, plan and organize his misdeeds upon his small community that became more ingenious as he grew older.
Yet, many of his stories soften the heart to look beyond the childhood pranks that sometimes escalated into criminal behavior to see a little boy looking for companionship and the loving care all small children deserve. His world included other young friends, who like him, learned to fend for themselves with sometimes tragic and heartbreaking results.
Among John’s many talents, he can include the ability to write a great book. He writes with truth, conviction, warmth, humor, and a love for God. God Verses The Bad Boy is a book that captures the heart and reminds us how precious children are and how much God loves them.
The Bad Boy’s adventures continue with more wild runaways, conniving, thieving, and manipulating. So does the side-aching laughter, as he tries in vain to cover-up his mischievous ways! As the antics play out, the Bad Boy is blissfully unaware of the pain and sorrow being buried deeper and deeper inside of him. How long will he wander the streets, oblivious to life’s true meaning? Join Johnny-Boy and his friends as twelve more short tales unfold directly from the Castle Hill section of the Bronx.