THROUGH THE HOURGLASS Author John A. “Jack” Calhoun Encourages Fathers to Reconnect this Father’s Day

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New Book of Poetry Perfect Father’s Day Gift from Child, Wife, or Parent

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So many of the kids I see are dying for relationships, literally dying for a relationship.

THROUGH THE HOURGLASS: Poems of Life and Love (Bartleby; $16.95; ISBN 978-091015585-4) author John A. “Jack” Calhoun is urging fathers to reconnect with their children and their parents, now grandparents, this Father’s Day.

“So many of the kids I see are dying for relationships, literally dying for a relationship,” said Calhoun, the nation’s leading advisor on family policy, “They are saying see me, see me, see me. There’s a lot of pain out there.”

Calhoun chronicles the joys and wonder of parenting and grandparenting in his new book THROUGH THE HOURGLASS: Poems of Life and Love – an inspirational collection of personal poems spanning several seasons of life and the perfect Father’s Day gift for a dad, husband, or grandfather.

“I think for me it’s seeing something – seeing a daily miracle, seeing something extraordinary – and just not wanting to lose it,” said Calhoun of his approachable and relatable poetry, “I want the reader to just walk with me and say, ‘Wow, I’ve been there, too.’”

About the Book:
THROUGH THE HOURGLASS: Poems of Life and Love (Bartleby; $16.95; ISBN 978-091015585-4) is a stunning collection of moving poetry spanning four decades and several seasons of life as experienced and expressed by the author John A. “Jack” Calhoun – a pioneer and national leader in the field of youth violence prevention and community buiding. With chapters devoted to “Courting,” “Kids,” “Teens,” and “The Miracle of Grandchildren,” Calhoun is able to articulate the extraordinary experiences found in the ordinary moments of life: falling in love, tending to a sick child, a grandchild’s fascination with sidewalk cracks, and the gangling growing pains of raising a teen. In “Portraits” and “Coming and Going,” Calhoun introduces compelling characters, some of whom embrace life and others who struggle to hold onto it. Readers are moved to emotion as they discover the commonality of the human experience even in these most personal poems. Father’s Day gift givers will easily find a favorite verse to highlight in this beautiful and slim book that captures the essence of a cherished relationship.    

About the Author:
John A. “Jack” Calhoun is an internationally renowned speaker and frequent media guest and editorial contributor. He is currently a senior consultant to the National League of Cities and the U.S. Department of Justice. For more than 20 years, Calhoun was the founding president of the National Crime Prevention Council, prior to which he served under President Carter as the Commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families. His first book, Hope Matters: The Untold Story of How Faith Works in America (Bartleby; $23.50; ISBN 978-0-910155-72-4) was published in 2007. Calhoun resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife Ottilia.

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