Past clients who’ve hired me to write books for them either could not write or didn’t’ want to write. Roy Page falls into neither category. Roy knows how to weave a tale injected with mystery, intrigue and emotion. AND he immensely enjoys beginning sentences with conjunctions. BUT we won’t get into that.
Roy asked me to co-write with him simply because he didn’t have time to write a book and finish it anytime this decade. Busy advertising executives operating two offices and traveling to clients hither and yon rarely record their innermost thoughts to share with humanity. A Letter to Evan is exactly that: Roy’s innermost thoughts shared with Evan first, and now all of humanity.
Many can relate to Roy’s gradual realization that the life he invested decades in building wasn’t the life of his hopes and dreams. His invincible father walked the long, painful path of Alzheimer’s disease. Roy and his family buried someone who had become a faint reflection of the strong, dependable man they always knew him to be. The advertising agency Roy built over the previous fifteen years fell down a slippery slope of economic disaster. Going to work everyday felt like one man trying to restrain an avalanche. Roy’s marriage, built on twenty years of climbing the ladder of social success, fell from the top rung. The fall caused grave injury for his wife, son, daughter and Roy himself.
The reality of divorce coupled with a new business strategy that required a lot of travel inspired Roy to write a letter to Evan. Father to son. Man to man. The pages testified to a father’s love, the importance of family, encouragement in tough times, vision for the future, instructions for maturity, lessons learned and passed on. These folded pages became the outline for A Letter to Evan, An Average Dad’s Journey of Discovery and Discernment Through Divorce.
A Letter to Evan is the treasure every son (or daughter) wants from his dad. A friend of mine who is also a divorced dad read the manuscript. He identified a few places in the book explaining some common actions among divorced parents. He remembered doing some of the same things and thought his son understood what was going on at the time. He never considered discussing them. After reading the book in draft form he admitted, “I’m not this thoughtful or good with words. When the book comes out, I’m going to give a copy to my son.”
A Letter to Evan is affirmation, enlightenment and inspiration first for Evan, then for my friend’s son, for dads who don’t get to spend as much time with their kids as they’d like (no matter what the reason), for anyone who wants to be a more intentional parent, even for older parents to empathize with their divorced children. Lives will be touched by this book. I hope I get to hear lots of the stories of its impact.