Between the Devil and the Deep...: Memoir of a Maverick Priest

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Ames Swartsfager, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 282 pages
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Ames wants to escape from intercity gang life in the Mission District of San Francisco, which challenges his physical, emotional and spiritual life. Attempting to break out of the gang related activities in which he is involved; he has to rely on his inner strength. His journey takes him through dangers in gang fights, into the back streets of Hong Kong, to the city room of a newspaper where a deranged reporter wants to kill him, to missionary in Central America, to prison chaplain and to storms at sea. Shadowing his life is the feeling he will slip back to being as evil as he was in the street gang. In the church, he has a reputation as a "maverick." His path to escape his problems is the sea and sailing to far distant lands. Myasthenia Gravis, a neuromuscular disease, debilitates Ames. Suddenly he looses his ability to preach, to sail, to sing. Now what does God have in store for him? Those who are interested in real life adventures, in mission work, prison ministry, or sailing will find this book entertaining and exciting. Many will find hope in this book for making their own escape from the ghettos of their lives. They also, like the author, can escape.
 

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
9
Section 3
11
Section 4
17
Section 5
23
Section 6
29
Section 7
35
Section 8
39
Section 24
146
Section 25
155
Section 26
164
Section 27
170
Section 28
179
Section 29
186
Section 30
193
Section 31
200

Section 9
46
Section 10
52
Section 11
59
Section 12
66
Section 13
71
Section 14
76
Section 15
82
Section 16
88
Section 17
94
Section 18
102
Section 19
109
Section 20
118
Section 21
125
Section 22
130
Section 23
139
Section 32
206
Section 33
213
Section 34
220
Section 35
228
Section 36
234
Section 37
245
Section 38
248
Section 39
251
Section 40
254
Section 41
258
Section 42
264
Section 43
275
Section 44
280
Section 45
282
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