8How Shift Happens

As a young child I was a bright, straight-A student. But by the age of thirteen, I was apathetic and lost. I had no interest in anything, I had put on weight, had spots on my face, and got straight C’s on my report card. School seemed a waste of time; life itself just a succession of dull, gray, pointless days. I actually considered suicide. It was my life’s first big crisis. My parents were of no use. I had lost faith in my family some time before. All they could do was fight. Religion couldn’t help me. I had lost my faith in Christianity at the age of eleven and it seemed certain I would never feel such passion again.

I was jolted out of my crisis by two events. The first was a stunning lecture by my junior high school ...

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