John J. “Jack” Gargan’s Newly Released “Growing Up Fast, Poor, Cold, and Hungry” is the first of four Volumes in a Dramatic Memoir that Details his Extraordinary Life

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“Growing Up Fast, Poor, Cold, and Hungry” from Christian Faith Publishing author John J. “Jack” Gargan chronicles the early years of the authors poverty-stricken youth on the South Jersey shore. It is the first installment in a four-volume series that depict a breathtaking rags-to-riches-and-back story full of dramatic twists and turns.

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“Growing Up Fast, Poor, Cold, and Hungry”: a dynamic and powerful first installment in a four-part autobiography that tells the unlikely story of a poverty-stricken child of the Great Depression that grows up to live through the second World War, fall in love, earn a fortune, and then ultimately lose it in a dramatic run in with gangsters in Thailand. “Growing Up Fast, Poor, Cold, and Hungry” is the creation of published author, John J. “Jack” Gargan, a retired financial consultant and internationally recognized lecturer on financial planning. Jack was named Time Magazine’s “Hero of the Week”, and has been featured in multiple major media outlets, and has written several previous books on financial planning.

“For some time now, years actually, I have been meaning to write my life story,” Jack writes, candidly. “With such a long and interesting life, it looks like it will require more than one book to tell my story.

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, John J. “Jack” Gargan’s new book covers the period from his birth, until his first “real” job upon graduating from high school.

Volume I gives a firsthand account of what it was like growing up poor during the 1930’s. It is the true story of the hardships and occasional joys of a young boy living in the seashore resort city of Wildwood, New Jersey during the Great Depression. Additionally, it covers the war and post-war years of the 40’s, when Jack lived in Prospect Park, Pennsylvania.

This first installment tells the part of his life story that lead up to the rollercoaster of raising a family during the roaring ‘50s and ‘60s, the productive years of world-wide involvement in business and politics, and the drama of moving to Thailand at age 76, where he was stuck at the apex of a love triangle between a rich and powerful woman, and a poor country school teacher. The series culminates in his 86th year, in a flight for life from Thai gangsters.

View a synopsis of “Growing Up Fast, Poor, Cold, and Hungry” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “Growing Up Fast, Poor, Cold, and Hungry” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “Growing Up Fast, Poor, Cold, and Hungry”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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