Roberto Sanchez is living the dream; one could say the man had it all. He is blessed with a beautiful wife and daughter who complete him. A career that reaches at-risk kids that brings him true joy. Then a tragic accident leads Robert to a chasm of dark despair. Although his interventions have reached many, he found he is incapable of helping himself off the edge of a cliff, jeopardizing his career, his marriage, and himself.
because takes us on a journey of two Roberts as he struggles to find a way to once again believe.
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW - Small Press Bookwatch November 2015 Issue
"A deftly crafted novel and an absorbing read from beginning to end, "because" is a compelling and thoroughly entertaining novel that documents author Jack Langedijk's truly exceptional storytelling skills..." - Midwest Book Review
KIRKUS REVIEWS MAGAZINE - August 15, 2015 Issue
"...Langedijk has lots to say about courage, compassion, redemption, and self-worth. Although those life lessons are more compelling than the actual drama unfolding around Roberto's post-Everest experience, they more than make the journey with him worthwhile.
Meditations on some of life's biggest questions as told through some harrowing experiences."—Kirkus Reviews
"The book has left me with a great impression. It made me feel that everything happens for a reason." - Katarina
"Langedijk explores the depths of human suffering in a realistic, uplifting way. His characters deal with real and relatable issues that affect so many people today, especially the young..." - Michael Head
"I enjoyed reading this book, it had a truly inspirational ending." - Vicky Boackle
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About the author
Jack Langedijk is a passionate storyteller with contagious optimism and original ideas. He has delivered many ground-breaking workshops in leadership and listening to diverse audiences including elementary school children, families and corporations.Jack founded QUEST-I'm-ON, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to create and foster healthy relationships within schools, workplaces and homes. He received his BFA in Montreal at Concordia University and his MFA at York University in Toronto. Jack has also taught acting and directing at Concordia University and Ryerson University in Toronto.
because is his debut novel which combines lessons learned from his own life with a fictional setting that articulates and instills fresh strategies for social issues such as teen bullying. With powerful anecdotes and vivid metaphors, the novel expresses real life obstacles and the possibilities of achievements for all of us.
Jack lives with his wife and daughter in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.