The “good man” is the father of this author, who calls the book fiction although it is almost entirely true. Knowing this, heightens the drama of the remarkable story of the protagonist, Jack MacDonald, who left the farm as a young lad and engaged in World War 2 which brought him face to face with other young men he had to kill for his own survival. As with that whole generation of young men, his “growing up” included the trauma that leaves permanent psychological scars. Recognizing and recounting the profound goodness of his father, Kehl favours the reader with a loving assessment of a great Canadian who will be recognized as one of the many whose life-long heroism might otherwise have gone unheralded.
That’s what I love about this book; the author’s open and easy way of engaging the reader in every nuance of the character’s being – innocent and adventuresome on the farm, unswervingly devoted to duty in the army, brilliant and studiously attentive to the details of turning his post-war life over to the serious work of the business world, and above all, his loving gentleness with children and total commitment to his joyful, everloving, and resourceful wife.
This delightful narrative all comes to life through Wayne Kehl’s home-spun prose and honest reporting of his father’s remarkable life and times.
Review by Rosaleen Leslie Dickson, author, editor, Director National Press Club of Canada, Media Club of Ottawa and Canadian Association of Journalists, adjudicator for Canadian Newspapers Association.
A Good Man’s Life by Wayne Kehl, – 215 pgs, Friesen Press, Victoria B.C.- 2010
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Wayne Kehl is an author, behaviourist and lecturer in British Columbia, Canada. He is a consummate story teller and loves to write about real people.
Wayne is a well known successful businessman in British Columbia and in many other areas of Canada including Toronto. He retired from the insurance industry in 2009 to focus on a career as a writer and personal development/
Other Books Published:
-“Getting Along With People Is Easy”
-“A Passion For Leadership”
-“Always Remember: If it ain’t fun, it ain’t worth doing!”
-"A Man on Women"
Wayne has been interviewed by a number radio stations all across Canada for his most recent book, and has been written about in newspapers and industry trade publications for his writing. While on the Joe Easingwood show on CFAX in Victoria, Joe asked Wayne if could stay on the air for an additonal 30 minutes because his switchboard was "lit up".