Someone call some movie producers because this should be made into a cinematic experience! This memoir is written with heart, strength and honesty. The reader easily gets brought into the writer’s life journey. We meet the family of J.V. Whittenburg and “travel” with the author thru many years of his familial relationships. We “see” some of the landscapes of America. We “hear” the sounds of a busy house. We can “touch” the cotton plants. There are times to rejoice, times of suspense and times of deep hurt. You are sure to experience many of these emotions too and when finished want to hear more from the life of J.V. Whittenburg. I know I do!
New Smyrna Beach resident, the Rev. Dr. J.V. (Vernon) Whittenburg, a retired minister and psychotherapist, will have a book signing from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at United Church of Christ of NSB, 203 Washington St., for his memoir, “We Fly Away.”
After spending two years in the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers, Whittenburg returned home to complete a bachelor’s degree, begun at Texas Tech, and finished at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, and pastored churches in New Hampshire and New Jersey. At mid-life he earned a doctoral degree from Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute in New York City and had a second career as a psychotherapist. He has retired to the Florida coast to pursue a third career as a writer.
“We Fly Away” is his family’s story of seven brothers and two sisters – of a heart-rending tragedy, exceptional resilience, unbridled rebellion and the intrigue that comes with highflying drug smuggling and the money laundering and tax evasion that accompanies such an enterprise.
The book is available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/We-Fly-Away-J-Whittenb…/…/ref=sr_1_1…