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Memoirs of a Runaway: A Story of Hope
Click Here to Buy Nowthe Latest Highly-Anticipated Autobiography Book from Author Michael Kennon. Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Memoirs of a Runaway: A Story of Hope Based on a True Story Written by Michael Kennon, which is the author’s most recent book to date. The 5.5 x 8.5 Paperback in the Autobiography category is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a suggested retail price of $10.95.
 
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Not too long ago I heard her say, "I never met a drug I didn't like." Even if she lives through everything that she's doing to herself and her loved ones, what will her consequences be in the end? I heard that this same young lady has been running away from home, having sex with multiple partners, has been into very heavy drugs and other criminal activities. Since her parents, police and court systems have done the best they could to intervene, they will now have to sit idly by and just hope for the best. She was so sweet, so young, so innocent. How did this happen? She's only thirteen. I wish I couldn't relate... but I can.
 
Michael Kennon is the CEO and President of Kennon Transport, LLC, a successful trucking business he runs with his wife, Sue.  Before owning his own company, Mike was a runaway and was virtually homeless for most of his childhood and young adulthood.  To survive on the road, Mike drove trucks, sold encyclopedias, hustled pool, was a baker, ski instructor, sous chef, drug dealer just to name a few.   Drugs and other dependencies took over Mike's life to the point that he could not accept help when it was offered, nor could he stop running away from a past that haunted him. While now blessed with what he has achieved in his life and in his personal and family relationships, things were much different at one time.  "Memoirs of a Runaway:  A Story of Hope" is a tale of survival and spirituality.  Isolation and reconnection.  Most of all, it is a hand reaching out to those who travel down the same troubled path; a story of hope.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ***UPDATE ON MOM'S BOOK !!  IT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT BUT RESEARCHING COSTS TO REPRINT !! 'The Allergy Survival Guide and Cookbook' By Carolyn Stone and Janice Beima. ***Read June 22nd blog about moms book below and  "Fond Remembrances of Janice C. Beima: 1937-2009" By Dr. Gary Oberg.

  
  
I read a staggering statistic that said one in seven children between the ages of 10 and 17 will run away. 'Memoirs of a Runaway' is a story based on the life of a young man who ran away at a very early age but overcame the odds. Memoirs is an inspiring tale about hope and survival. (I should know... I lived it !!)
 
 

"I loved it...It HELD my interest! The ending and nearing the end of the book was especially great. I think your book will inspire many kids/adults that are runaways or having rough times in their own lives." --Janice Lansel

"I'm almost done with the book. I've gotten to the last chapter now and i don't want it to end ! I just really like this book and the character so much. And I read a lot of books !" --Sandra Ruemker

"Wow! You certainly have quite a story to share. You have been through so much. Where some people might have given up you persevered and have done so much. Your work demonstrates strong writing with a nice flow; your narrative voice is fantastic. You really have done a nice job discussing this subject. Your book is nicely put together; books like yours provide insight for many. I liked the way you chose to set up your text. It hooked me right from the start...the baseball story is truly amazing." --Jennifer Rush
 
  
  
Excerpts from book...

When I reached San Diego, a bunch of bikers pulled up in front of me.  I went up to them, unafraid of any danger that might be lurking.  As I approached them, one of the bikers said, “Hey kid!  Don’t you know it is dangerous to hitchhike out here?”
            “Ah, man.  I’m glad you’re here to protect me then,” I replied.  I began to think I was going to finally die when the bikers looked at each other and started laughing.

“Where are you going?” the biker asked.

“No clue,” I answered.

“Well, jump on.  We’ve been there several times, and we’ll sure take you right to it,” he responded.

I jumped on a bike driven by the gang’s smallest biker.  If I had to end up fighting someone, I wanted him to be the one.  After driving for a while, we stopped to stretch our feet.  One of the bikers asked me if I had ridden before, and I told him that I had ridden dirt bikes and bikes on ice in Crystal Lake.  They gave me an old 67 Triumph Bonneville to ride, and we toured around for quite a bit.  After a while, they had somewhere to go which clearly did not include me, but they told me to keep the bike and drove off.  I drove around Orange County toward the beach.  It occurred to me that the bike was probably hot and not registered, and I became nervous.  I rode the bike for one last time along the beach, parked it, and walked away.

 

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

*The Memoirs of a Runaway Christmas Challenge
Something I've toyed with for some time now is offering a guarantee on my book. And this Christmas season, I want to offer that challenge. The wife doth protest. Here's my idea... first of all (and the way I usually tell a story is by starting with an explanation); I wrote this book to provide hope and inspiration to those who have ever been in despair (seems to be most of us). The truth is, an unknown author (like myself) has little chance of hitting the 'big time', but how many writings have you seen from an 'unknown author' and thought 'that was good!' I'm not saying anything about my writing skills (although I encourage you to 'Google' the book and read reviews!), I'm saying God wrote this story...seriously! Spoiler alert; I Live! and live in abundance (of His love). I believe the only reason I'm here, is because of Him. If I can plant a seed of hope in anyone, then it was worth a year of asking God to just help me remember what it took to get here and critiquing this story and my writing!  So, sure, if you don't find some entertainment, some inspiration in this book, I'll gladly refund your money, and pray for you either way. PS, I'm hoping to do a relaunch and recommitment to the Memoirs web page and Facebook site in the near future. Please stay tuned and order a book today! *There will be a no questions asked refund within 30 days of purchase. Another reason for dong this, is because eventually I'd like to complete book #2 and it helps to have feedback. One of the best pieces of advice I got, was not to preach or convince people of my belief, just tell a story. Enjoy the journey !!
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Year in Review (from 2009 til...?) 12:17 pm edt 

Monday, February 10, 2014

book #2 and health...
briefly; been dealing with some health issues but the wife and i are still vegatable juicing and it's working wonders !!  i still have not been able to do much work on book #2 but it's certainly my hope and goal to finish it.  
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Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 year in review...
went to wisc to see my daughter, grandkids and newest grandson and meet josh and family. finished strong in my 1st golden tee tournament. vacationed with friends in pompano beach. lots of exploring florida with my best friend and love of my life (which, yes, is still the wife)! mark n maria came to visit. got to give away the bride and one of the most beautiful girls i've ever seen (even if she is my daughter).
 
it's been a great year! cant believe our grandson (kaleb) is a year old today !! happy birthday kaleb !!! and granddaughter (sierra) is 9 weeks already. time's just a flyin !! work's going better then can be expected. and health is vastly improving--due to juicing. bottom line, we're blessed!
 
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Monday, February 25, 2013

2012: A Year in Review

Kaleb born Dec 20thit was another challenging year (not necessarily a bad thing). trucking slowed to a standstill around thanksgiving and because i was indulging a bit more around the holidays my health issues kicked into gear again. we also recently lost our uncle. but god has been phenomenal thru it all !! allowing us to fly up and see our new grandson, kaleb, born dec 20th. god continues to provide for us and pay all our bills, allowing us to be cheerful givers and have peace and confidence during troubling times. i may have even graduated to the 6th grade of my spiritual journey--because in the end, it's just like working out--the more challenging life becomes, the more i exercise my faith and the stronger i become !! and, sue and i still continue to have a love affair going on 17 years (another miracle) !! http://www.facebook.com/yearinreview/overeager

 

 

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Friday, August 24, 2012

10 year anniversary...with god.
i used to say that i'm in about the 4th grade of my spiritual journey (and man do i still have a long ways to go)...but i'm eternally grateful i'm no where near who/where i used to be (it's all in the book !!.
 
i'm learning that when we forgive, love and live not under law but under grace (having a relationship with him), we are truly living in the abundance of god and in his will !!
 
i've also learned that i can be a blessing, not a burden. that i can be a contributing, functional member of society.
 
if you've read 'memoirs of a runaway' you know that i believe god was and is working in this mans life. it is my vision to provide hope and encourage others when i can (hebrews 10:24--'24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.')
 
i believe our lives are living testimonies. i believe the more we know (about god) the better life becomes. again, i admit, i have a long ways to go, but at least i can say without a doubt--this man has a heart for god, and there's no changing that...period.
11:12 am edt 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Time to Reboot!

b4nafterjuicing3.jpgi hope to incorporate juicing into a healthier lifestyle and reboot my mind and body. here are some of the results from juicing in just over 60 days... have now lost 26 pounds, feeling much better and thinking much clearer. several symptoms are either gone or getting much better. prior to being diagnosed with a systemic fungal infection (mainly attacking esophagus, sinuses and brain) multiple doctors had prescribed antibiotics and prescriptions for years thinking it was bacterial. a year and a half ago i was admitted to the er twice and released with 'unknown cause'. even tho they did not find a cure they continued to prescribe medication (what my mom called 'masking the symptoms and not getting to the root cause'). now (due to juicing) besides supplements and herbs i'm down to less than a pill a day. it is my hope 'memoirs' will inspire people and i want to thank those who have recently inspired me. martha in our subdivision (who lovingly reminds me of my mom), joe cross and his documentary (watch the whole movie free off his website at www.fatsickandnearlydead.com), the movie 'super size me' (watch it on hulu... http://www.hulu.com/watch/63283 -- better than i thought it would be) and a very informative film called 'eating 3rd edition' (www.ravediet.com/whatsinfilm.html). i know that 60 days of juicing cannot cure a lifetime of abuse but i'm more encouraged than ever--in terms of a better diet and proper health.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

'Fat Sick and Nearly Dead'
as some of you may know, i've had health issues for most of my life,
well, i'm tired of being tired and may never change unless i do something about it!
the answer for me (i hope) is juicing...let me explain...my mom had cancer before she died--but did not die of cancer. mom had just discovered juicing was making the tumor shrink, but it was too late. i do not have cancer (that i know of) but like me, she had multiple ailments even though she was athletic most of her life...and looked great (even modeled til she was 39).
my wife and i just went to a juicing class where we watched 'fat sick and nearly dead' http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/. i'm hoping we can add ourselves to one of the testimonies !!
wish us luck (wife is doing this too) !!
will blog more about it later...
3:45 pm edt 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

update on florida living. writing the next book. and another blurb from 'memoirs'.
my wife (sue) turned to me and said, 'well, is this where you saw yourself when you were making that 5 year plan?' my response was emphatically 'NO!'. no offense to floridians, but florida was not even on my list of places I wanted to live. at least, not yet. our kids (we moved down here for) like theme parks and they say there's so much to do. sue and i like theme parks but really only went maybe once a year (if that). sue seems very content just hanging out and watching the grandson, but i'm going stircrazy. even when i retire, i doubt i'll retire. so, how did we end up in a retirement community? that's a whole nother story! well, when we finally did decide to make this move, we knew we could be positive influences on our grandson and wanted to spend more time with family here. we also love the beach and florida really does have a lot to offer. unfortunately, about the time we moved here (just over a year ago) my health started deteriorating. i think one of the worst 'symptoms' that recently increased was tinnitus. i described 'ringing in my ears' in a story when i was about 16 during one of my runaway experiences. here's a short excerpt from the book...

'I decided to start hitchhiking towards California. I was picked up by a guy who said he was a roadie for one of the bands that was going to be at the California Jam and that he had their drum set. We talked all the way there, and he said he could get me a backstage pass. I was thrilled and once we got there, we started doing mushrooms and smoking joint after joint. I passed out next to one of the huge speakers by the stage. I woke up and wanted to leave because it was so loud that my ears hurt. I could hardly remember watching the concert or meeting anyone because I was so stoned. All I could hear was a ringing in my ears and knew that I suffered permanent damage to my hearing. Life was becoming a constant, loud, confusing haze.'

Last year I felt a shock wave go thru my body and it felt like my eardrums were being blown out. now it's like someone turned up the (ringing in my ears) volume by 80% (i think sinus infections were the culprit). even though tinnitus has become extremely annoying, if you're read 'memoirs' you know that i've lived in the land of adversity and this is just another nuisance. the bad thing is, i think it's one of those deterrents that has kept me from writing this next book. i never seem to have a clear head anymore. but, i'm adjusting! i heard a good story from a movie we watched last night. i'm paraphrasing, but it said this guy heard a constant noise that was driving him crazy, until he knew that he was either going to have to live with it or go insane. he decided to embrace the noise and suddenly it became like music to his ears. i think it was a true miracle i was able to author that first book and i'm sure the passion of writing, traveling and enjoying life to the fullest is just around the corner. but, i know that sometimes life has other plans. so as long as i keep god first in my life and trust him, everything will be perfect (even if it's not). if you've been waiting in anticipation for that next book (or to have mike back), thank you for your patience !!
5:43 pm edt 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

trucking and next book
trucking business did well and kept me busy in the month of january !! hope that's a sign of things to come !! still getting sinus infections/headaches which makes it hard to think/write, but got a good outline written for the next book. read the first 14 pages of 'memoirs' and sue's 40th birthday story (for free) and check out the reviews page
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