A Journey: An attempt (and sometimes struggle) at being real in this world

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Timothy Gates

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The story of a person’s profoundly diverse and undeservedly blessed 60+ yrs of life on this planet. From growing up in the 60's and 70's, traveling as a young man in Europe and the Middle East (with a return trip to and 14 month stay in Israel,) military life, married and family life, work as a paramedic firefighter and as a nurse, wonderful opportunities to serve on medical teams to Kurdistan Iraq, West Darfur Sudan and Banda Aceh Indonesia and everything in between. It really has been a blast. (O’ and there was that little trip to Vietnam with Carol and our three kids when I was trying to make the case for our family living and working in South East Asia.) Through it all, good times and bad, smart decisions and some not so very clever, there has always been the undeniable realization that the Creator of the Universe, the Lord of heaven and earth, was right there with me and actually cared about the finest details of what was going on in my and my family’s lives. Through it all I have also come to believe that this same Chief Architect of the cosmos who cares about me and my family also truly cares about you and the finest most intimate details of your life. He loves you. It’s crazy but it’s true. Although the roads we have traveled are quite different, I was very motivated to write A JOURNEY after reading Blue like Jazz by Donald Miller. Hope you enjoy the trip.


Action, Adventure, Family, Comedy, Religious, Young Adult, Biographical, Romance, Memoir,

Short Summary

It was 1974, the summer after our Junior year in high school. A sunny, beautiful, perfect day for a few high school buddies to be cruising Point Defiance Park in my 64 Jeep Willys mail truck; with mind you the steering wheel on the right side. (What an undeniably awesome truck. Cream yellow, a black


U.S, British Isles, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indonesia

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Happy Ending, Philosophical Questions, Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Tim

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring, Funny, Strong Moral Code, Visionary, Confident, Gracious, Honorable, Complex, Empathetic, Engaging, Leader, Modest, Romantic, Faithful, Flexible

Additional Character Details

Name: There are many, to include my wife Carol


Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Decisive, Faithful, Funny, Adventurous, Charming, Crazy, Blunt, Empathetic, Heartthrob, Gracious, Modest, Sarcastic, Sexy, Beautiful, Complex, Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: There are many character's



Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous

Additional Character Details

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Page Publishing

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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