Chronicles of a Blessed Man – Paul Haber
September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Paul Haber is a former career soldier- a Marine, then Special Forces (Green Beret) and Ranger. After retiring from the service, he held several jobs, including security officer, bodyguard, and martial arts instructor, before “finding his niche” with the Arizona Department of Corrections; progressing from Officer to Sergeant, to a type of counselor called Corrections Officer III, before taking an early retirement.
His personal life was not quite as successful. Ten years after a marriage to a woman he barely knew, he became divorced and hurried into another, against the advice of his parents and friends. He didn’t realize at the time that he was, in great measure, the cause of the split with his first wife. Fortunately, his second wife, Kyehwa would not give up on him, despite the usual- and some not so usual- problems in their marriage. He upbringing and her beliefs were strong enough that she persevered, and slowly taught him the meaning of love, responsibility and marriage.
Shortly after retiring from Law Enforcement, Paul was suddenly struck down with a ruptured small intestine, which brought him hours, possibly minutes, from a painful death. This is the story of that time, what he learned and beginning of a new way of life.
In addition to highly successful careers in the military and Law Enforcement, Paul Haber worked at more than four dozen jobs, ranging from warehouse worker to electronics instructor and even professional bodyguard. He says it was all research for his writing career, which really began after a near death experience, which became the subject of his first book, Chronicles of a Blessed Man.
He had been writing most of his life, with his first published work was a satiric limerick he wrote as a homework assignment in High School. His English teacher, rather than giving him the “F” Paul expected, submitted the poem to a Young Adult literary magazine and later presented Paul with a check of the princely sum of fifty dollars. That whetted his appetite for story-telling, but for many years, he wrote only for his own enjoyment and that of his children and grandchildren.
Once he began writing, it became almost a fever, and he quickly began several other projects, ranging from an autobiography to a murder novel.
Paul is married to Kyehwa, his bride of more than four decades, and is the father of seven, grandfather of twenty-seven (blood and adopted) and beginning to count the great grand-children. He lives in Vancouver, Washington.
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