I grew up in many areas of the West
Coast, I call Seattle home, as it is
here that I have most of my adolescent
and early adult memories.
running away from home at 13. My friends
were all older than I and having much
more fun. The rock festivals of the era
were in full bloom and I wasn’t
interested in getting an education at
school, much to the dismay of my folks.
It was more fun to travel. I was lost in
my adolescent confusion and had nobody
to turn to. I remember one night when I
found myself alone in the rain, crying
and praying. My life was soon to change.
In Seattle, as
a 16-year-old in 1970, I first came in
contact with the Urantia Book. I had
attended a music festival and was
staying with friends at the New Age
Foundation in Eatonville, Washington.
Our host, Wayne Aho, talked about the
Urantia Book, among other things. From
there I traveled to Montrose, Colorado,
where I met a woman who also had this
book. It seemed that everywhere I went
people were reading this big blue book.
hitchhiking to New York and back twice I
found myself living in a commune on The
Hill in Seattle. There I became close
friends with a guy named Woody, who also
had the book and would often quote from
it. As time went on I asked to borrow it
from him. The following year we went to
Wenatchee to pick apples, and there I
met someone who sold me my copy of the
Urantia Book. Although it was expensive
for me at the time, it was the best $20
I’ve ever spent in my life.
I have since
read the entire book, but have referred
to “The Life and Teachings of Jesus”
most. Although I strayed quite a bit
from religion for about twenty years, I
continued throughout to read Part IV and
tried to hold on to my faith. Through
many life challenges, our Father has
always been patient with me. It is never
too late to change one’s path in life,
and Jesus is ever ready to accept us
back into his spiritual arms.