Journey of the Spirit Man
Michael Seymour lived a charmed life-a wealthy, good looking young man who took for granted his status as a popular star athlete, top student and beloved son. Then it all came crashing down. A champion runner, Michael is in college, preparing for a big race, when he finds himself distracted, unable to focus, and then, mid-race he passes out. Not only does Michael lose the race, but he discovers the reason for his fall-unbelievably he has a rare and incurable disease. Devastated by the news, he seeks to forget everything, at least for one night, and drags his best friend Mark out with him to drown his sorrows, only to have the evening end in tragedy when Mark is killed. But for Michael, this is just the beginning of a long and fantastic journey of self-discovery and redemption.
The first book of a series, JOURNEY OF THE SPIRIT MAN (Wise Tree Press; On Sale: May 2021) by George Mendoza will appeal to readers of The Maze Runner and The Alchemist and is inspired by events in the author’s own life. At age fifteen, Mendoza was a star runner, when he suddenly went blind due to a degenerative eye disease that caused him to lose his central vision and see things that weren’t there—eyes floating in the air, extraordinary colors, objects multiplied and reflected back. Mendoza describes this condition as having “kaleidoscope eyes.” Despite this adversity, Mendoza continued to run, training hard, and in 1980 he broke the world record for blind athletes and went on to use his new “vision” to create paintings that have been exhibited internationally via the National Smithsonian traveling art exhibit. In 2011, Mendoza had a terrible hiking accident near his home in the mountains of New Mexico. He fell thirty feet, broke his arm and teeth and suffered from cluster headaches for a long time after the fall. The headaches also caused him to have vivid visions which he painted and used to develop his first novel JOURNEY OF THE SPIRIT MAN, which is also a tale of triumph over adversity.
Following his best friend Mark’s death in the book, Michael again tries to escape, this time by running in the desert hills of New Mexico, pushing himself farther and farther. Exhausted and dehydrated, not sure if what he is experiencing is real or a hallucination, he passes through a set of magical gates and enters into an alternate reality. Michael goes on a vision quest where he passes through various and increasingly hellish journeys—a Roman slave city with Coliseum-style fights to the death, a pilgrimage with thousands of others who look up to him as a leader, a mockery of paradise, and, finally, a land that resembles Ancient Egypt, where he attains self-realization and becomes a leader known as The Spirit Man. Eventually, Michael is able to return to his own world, physically depleted but spiritually reborn, and able to see those around him and appreciate his place in the world with empathy and compassion for the first time.
Like Mendoza’s own life story, JOURNEY OF THE SPIRIT MAN will captivate, uplift and inspire.
Journey of the Spirit Man by George Mendoza
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Running Toward the Light: The George Mendoza Story
At the age of fifteen, George Mendoza lost all of his central vision and 80 percent of his peripheral vision. After months of research, Mendoza’s mother learned bright light could sometimes help those with vision problems similar to his. In 1972, hoping to help her son, she moved them both from New York to Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Mendoza was angry and bitter; he was a teenager who faced limitations he had never imagined. Enrolled in the New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped, he renewed an earlier passion for running track, but his resentment did not leave him.
Shortly after high school graduation, Mendoza heard of the curative powers of El Santuario de Chimayó in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains north of Santa Fe. He hitchhiked to the small village, skeptical of a miracle cure. His vision was not restored, but Mendoza underwent a transformation in the Chimayó chapel. He realized he was not handicapped; he was a person with a handicap. “I’ve got bad eyes, sure, but there’s nothing wrong with my heart or my lungs or my legs.” He concluded he was meant to be an inspiration to others “with a handicap.”
Thus began a new chapter in George Mendoza’s life. He joined the track team at New Mexico State University, entered marathons, and, in 1980, ran in the International Olympiad for the Physically Handicapped in the Netherlands.
Today, Mendoza has perfected another hidden talent: he is an exceptional artist and his one-man shows are continual reminders that having a handicap does not diminish the individual’s abilities in other areas. This biography of the man who refuses to “be handicapped” will be an inspiration to all who read it.
A Vision of Courage
Bobby Lucero is the fastest runner in the history of his school, but his Olympic ambitions are crushed when a rare disease destroys his vision. Bitterly he retreats in defeat into himself. Working as a VISTA on a New Mexico Indian reservation, he meets an angry young half-Indian girl and a reclusive Apache shaman who help him to confront the world and reclaim his ambition to be a champion. When the Olympic track team is denied a chance to win by the 1980 Olympic boycott, Bobby is offered a chance to fulfill his dream, and to meet the ultimate challenge of his life.
Cup of All Good Things
A bizarre mirror world of stark reality…a place where truth and delusion collide. Through a series of devastating events, Michael Seymour wonders if he will ever make it back home.
From a tangible world beyond a magical gate a path leads Michael forward on a fantastic journey where he must confront his greatest fears. He explores a city in ruin, a mountain where thousands of pilgrims wish for a better tomorrow, a chateau spawned from hell, and a dome excavated from the bowels of the Earth.
Cup of All Good Things is a brilliant display of imagination, and examines the struggles of the human spirit, taking the reader on a mind expanding journey that only a few have dared to contemplate.
The Spirit Man Trilogy
For Michael Seymour, life changed forever when he passed through a magical gate into a fast- changing “other world” far away from his home in New Mexico. Michael is cast into a bizarre mirror world of stark reality…a place where truth and delusion collide. Through a series of devastating events, Michael wonders if he will ever find his way back home.
From a tangible world through a magical gate a path leads Michael forward on a fantastic journey where he must confront his greatest fears and discover his true loves and desires. He explores a city in ruin, a mountain where thousands of pilgrims wish for a better tomorrow, a chateau spawned from downtown hell, a dome of promise and revelation carved from the bowels of the earth and guarded by the gods from ancient Egypt, the wastelands of chaos and shook, and finally a deadly encounter with Lord Striker himself.
The Spirit Man Trilogy is a brilliant display of imagination and it examines the struggles and triumphs of the human spirit, taking the reader on a mind- expanding journey that only a few have dared to contemplate.