After years of searching, I finally found the place where I was born.
The story of a child born with an extraordinary gift and a special talent, born with the rare gift of the capacity to create, born to parents who loved each other unconditionally and who gave me an opportunity to play and learn in a way I never dreamed possible.
I know I can’t make my own life.
I am a child of God.
But I have my own plans, and I want to live them as best I can.
I love the people of this world and the people I live with.
I adore the world and want to help people.
I just need the time and space to think about how I can live up to those aspirations.
I can understand the world’s struggles, I can appreciate the beauty of our shared world, and, yes, I love my mom and dad and their beautiful families.
But my deepest wish is that this story of mine is shared, as it should be.
In the next chapter, I will explore what happens when I decide to live out my dream.
The most important thing is that it will not be about me.
The book is called The Promise: How My Father Inspired My Life.
It was published by Scribner in March 2018 and is available for pre-order.
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