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A Checkered Path to Destiny

Ivan L. Flynn

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ISBN 10: 1468536451 / ISBN 13: 9781468536454
Published by AuthorHouse, 2012
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Title: A Checkered Path to Destiny

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

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A Checkered Path to Destiny is about the survival of a young man born in a rural area of Jamaica into the Lower Class of Society. It tells of his constant desire to find a place to call home and a fit for him in Jamaican society. Ivan really digs deep to open a window to the world he survived. Every child has the right to a name, a home and an education. Sadly, a lack of those basic rights plus hunger and abuse all became a normal part of Ivan's severely limited childhood. Some of the odds against him were: a broken home, being placed as a servant in the care of others, a lack of education and many of his trials were self-imposed. The Checkered Path in Jamaica took a dramatic turn that changed his life forever.

Ivan indicates in this book that he has always been inspired by people of high moral values and fortitude. These were people he held up as role models, and chose to emulate throughout his life. As a result, he learns very early in life that all good opportunities come and go and like a moving platform one must chose to either hop on or watch in bewilderment as it gets out of reach. Unfortunately as he grew older, he did not always practice what he had learned.

A Checkered Path to Destiny will horrify, intrigue and delight people of all ages - globally. Perhaps you will smile as you read this book, and even question the author's rational for being so candid about certain events, but in this writing his history shows not what he wished it could have been, but what was and what is.

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A Checkered Path To Destiny is a revealing memoir about Ivan L. Flynn as a young man who was born in Jamaica, a small Caribbean Island Country under British colonial rule. This was a time when education in Jamaica was not a priority under the reigning monarch of England. He was considered a part of the Lower Class in Jamaica and with no formal education he invariable became a product of that environment. Ivan is self taught and he possesses no letters of education, or certificate of any formal academic training. He taught himself life's skills by watching others; whether it was the driving of a motor vehicle for the first time or operating a million dollar machine at one of the jobs he had during his working career. Nevertheless, he managed to perform rather proficiently in a variety of positions often equal to and sometimes surpassing those with formal training. After immigrating to the United States, he worked for the General Motors Corporation for over 29 years as a skilled machine operator, where he operated dozens of different machines. He also read blue prints, and has done professional landscaping and designs. He has realized the shortcomings of not having formal education and has sought to help educate and encourage his children and others to be the best that they can be through formal training. Ivan is a happily married father, grandfather, great-grandfather, church worker, mentor and he volunteers at a local hospital in his hometown. During this journey, he learned some valuable, powerful, intimate, moral and inspirational lessons that have helped shape his life for many years.

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