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An Unflinching Portrait of Life on the Streets Providing a rare first-hand glimpse into the life of a homeless person, Who Lied and Said We Left the Garden of Eden is a lucid, eye-opening chronicle of author Daniel Martin's time on the mean streets of Texas and California. As a teenager, he turns to drugs for relief from his Christian fundamentalist upbringing - a tactic that plunges him into escalating burglaries to pay for his high of choice: speed. Before he's 18, Martin has become a ward of the state. Soon, he finds himself living out of a shopping cart, funding his addiction by selling his body. And that's just for starters. But there's a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel. After an array of treatment and rehabilitation programs, Martin finds the strength to escape his circumstances following a stint in Norwalk State Hospital's Cider House (made famous in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). How he did it - and the belief that his experience proves it's possible for anyone - lies at the crux of the book's powerful message of hope, faith and perseverance. Interspersed throughout his harrowing ordeal, Martin reveals the small courtesies that sustained him from various "angels" he met along the way. In the process, he uncovers the essential humanity that endures underneath even the most wretched of circumstances.
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Studio: Outskirts Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.21" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.28" Weight: 0.43 lbs.
Release Date Aug 12, 2008
Publisher OUTSKIRTS PRESS
ISBN 143272939X ISBN13 9781432729394
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Down but not out! Jan 24, 2009
This is a sad story...the true story of a young man's struggle to overcome a stifling religious background. He gets out of his harrowing situation by taking the easy way, the route too many of our young people take: drugs and booze.
Later when he's homeless and suffering, he turns to crime and other shady pursuits of which you'll have to read for yourself. Thus he learns it wasn't the easy way, after all!
Through the help of his father, Daniel Martin, the author, overcomes chemical dependency for a while, only to backslide time and time again. In his search for himself and freedom from vice, he develops his own philosophy about success which is more humanitarian than spiritual. I, personally, don't buy into his theory, but it works for him.
My heart went out to Martin as he hit the skids, but it was depressing to see him improve for a while and then get caught in the same old trap time and time again. There were times I wanted to knock some sense into him, especially when he married and let his wife down by reverting to his old ways.
His was a slow evolution to reach the point where he needed to be for himself and his family. Martin's path from homelessness to health, happiness, and prosperity is paved with good people who helped him, including his father, various rehabilitation workers, his wife, members of AA and others...an invaluable life lesson he treasures to this day. He even spent time in Norwalk State Hospital's Cider House (made famous in the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest").
Despite Martin's repeated bouts with chemicals, this is an uplifting story because he eventually overcomes his bad habits to become a dedicated businessman and a loving husband and father.
Although Who Lied and Said We Left the Garden of Eden? Memoirs of a Homeless Man was well-written, contaning life lessons of love and perseverance, Martin's writing style was too straightforward and bland. I regret to say it failed to hold my interest. The writing needs to show more passion and better pacing in order to keep his readers guessing till the very end. And he needs more precise formatting to make his message clearer to his readers.
I commend Martin for the time and patience it took to write this short book; if it helps just one person overcome drugs, his time was well spent. I feel that with a little more training this author could become a very good writer. I'll be watching with interest.
Reviewed by: Betty Dravis, January 2009
A riveting tale indeed Jan 14, 2009
What's it mean to fall so far that no one no longer have a home of any sort? "Who Lied and Said We Left the Garden of Eden?: Memoirs of a Homeless Man" are the reflections of a man who once had a residence of the streets, Daniel Martin. Forced onto the streets by his nasty addiction to speed, he did many horrible things with himself in order to feed it. Finally getting help, he tells of how he turned his life around to realize the American dream. Depressing alongside inspiring, "Who Lied and Said We Left the Garden of Eden?" is a riveting tale indeed.
Well worth the read Dec 2, 2008
Daniel Martin's memoir is filled with a powerful sense of hope - both for himself, and for the whole human race. `Who Lied and Said We Left the Garden of Eden' is more than just the memoirs of a homeless man as the sub-title proclaims. It is a passionate statement of one man's powerful, life-affirming beliefs. I found myself quite enjoying this small, intense book. The first half takes you through Daniel Martin's past, and the terrible choices he made through most of his early life. He is very honest about the numerous times he tried and failed, and the underlying beliefs he held at the time - that he was unworthy and unlovable, that he could `handle' the drugs - that made him relapse. In the end, love for himself, finally , and for the family he wanted to create seemed to give him the strength to stick with a recovery program, though not before risking losing it all. My only difficulty with this book is that in the first half, events seem somewhat glossed over and the style rendered rather jerky. There is a sense of much more depth to Mr. Martin's life that does not end up on the page, and while this may be deliberate, a little more editing might have resulted in a smoother flow of the narrative. In Part 2, Mr. Martin details some of the philosophies and beliefs which he now holds. No fad-of-the-moment mantra, but the little lessons which he has picked up over time and which speak to a life worth the living now. His hope that each person can become "another individual who will make a rational and loving difference within our human family" seems well worth striving towards, and this book well worth the read.
One Man's Quest to Find Heaven on Earth Nov 19, 2008
Daniel Martin was a man who experienced a tough upbringing. He was abused and subjected to extremist religion. He turned to drugs as a coping mechanism and took part in acts of thievery to pay for his habit. Later, he wound up wandering the streets as a homeless addict, prostituting himself for money and caring about little more than when he could get his next dose of hard drugs.
Martin's story is told in the pages of Who Lied and Said We Left The Garden of Eden and his is a story of growing, maturing, and transforming. The author was abused as a child and was raised in a strict, Protestant fundamentalist. Childhood experiences like his would have been enough to send many children over the edge and that is exactly what happened in Martin's instance. His internal battle with extreme religion and abuse led him to drugs and a stint as a homeless man at the young age of eighteen. His life had little direction and seemed completely without hope. But thanks to the help of support groups and some total strangers along the way, the author slowly began to pull out of his personal hell. Today, he lives a normal life with a loving wife and family.
How the author got where he is today and his evolving attitudes toward life, religion, planet Earth, and other topics are the main focus of this book and Martin's maturation and personal development will inspire many who have been in a situation similar to his or who known someone who has experienced life events like his. The author makes many insightful discoveries about religion and he basically rejects the extreme authoritarianism of the religion of his youth. He came to the understanding that religions have limited usefulness and no one group is completely in the right. He also becomes enlightened about the planet on which we live and realizes more fully the importance of protecting the land and its inhabitants.
This book is written in a personal way, but not in the most professional manner and some readers might be turned off by the book's simplicity in style. I got used to it after a while, but one thing I didn't like was the briefness of the chapters. The book is already very short, but it is divided into seventeen chapters, many of which contain only two or three pages. This is especially true in the book's second half and the briefness of these chapters is frustrating. Topics like humanism, spirituality, etc. are mentioned in these final chapters but just when the author starts to express his philosophical understanding of these controversial subjects, the chapter comes to a close. I would have preferred more information and even more bearing of the author's soul. He mixes in some facts and some personal opinion, which makes for a nice balance. But these chapters are too brief to enjoy them the way I would like.
Overall, however, Who Lied and Said We Left the Garden of Eden is still a pretty good book from which many can learn important life lessons. The author has been through some very rough times but he is a much stronger and more satisfied individual because of his experiences. His story is one of personal growth and triumph over circumstances and while it doesn't rank as a great book, it still has some valuable information to convey and it's a respectable effort from this first time author.
A Journey through Hell Writ Large Nov 6, 2008
There were about 744,000 homeless people in the United States in 2005, according to the first national estimate in ten years. Chances are that number will increase dramatically as our economy slowly spirals into decline. Like it or not, homeless people are an integral part of the urban fabric; a ubiquitous legion of faceless persons who pass through our daily lives scarcely seen and mostly unnoticed. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a homeless person; to live a life of abject misery with no hope or respite in sight? If so, Who Lied and Said We Left The Garden of Eden? is a must read for you.
Daniel Martin is eminently qualified to chronicle the homeless condition. His own personal journey through the mean streets of Texas and California began as a teenager when he turned to drugs as a way of escaping his Christian fundamental upbringing. Soon he was routinely committing burglaries to pay for his drug of choice: speed. It was just the beginning. Before he reached his 18th birthday he was a ward of the state and soon thereafter, he found himself living out of a shopping cart, selling his body to buy drugs.
Literary purists can find much to criticize about Martin's writing style which tends to ramble and be disjointed in places. On the other hand, I found his writing both effective and disarming; and at times, I could almost feel his hands tugging on my lapels, his eyes plaintively beseeching me to listen carefully to what he had to say.
Who Lied and Said We Left The Garden of Eden contains a powerful message of hope, faith and perseverance. It also chronicles one man's struggle with the most dangerous enemy in his life--himself. Read this book and you will never look at a homeless person the same way again. I guarantee it.