My writings are for those interested in learning more about the intertwining of psychology and spirituality. I am an Episcopal priest and retired Marriage and Family Therapist. I write for all who seek.
Michael Drouilhet wrote: "John is that rarest of men: a combination of deep insightful intelligence and a loving heart and soul. He is an artful and compassionate therapist and also exhibits a very deep spirituality that embraces all religions and all people. I recommend John very highly as a spiritual resource."
INNER TREASURE is a collection of brief essays that offer psychological insight into the teachings of Jesus. It is for individuals who want a fresh way of thinking about familiar texts. Study groups find it stimulating.
At one time when people wanted a direct, personal experience of God, they turned to their dreams. Today religious writing ignores dreams and their spiritual dimensions. God and Dreams explores what happened that caused this change. Particular attention is given to Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thought and to psychological, philosophical, and scientific attitudes about dreams.
The year was 1851 and the place was Hangtown, the California mining camp that today is known as Placerville. It was here that the unpredictable and entertaining story of Zach Johnson's search for gold takes place. Zach, the son of an Episcopal priest, was a gentle man who'd come to Hangtown from Virginia to get rich. What did he do that so many men wanted him dead?
It was in Hangtown's El Dorado Hotel that Zach met Claire McCarthy, a feisty, independent beauty. Claire came to Hangtown from Boston to get away from her abusive father. Zach and Claire fell in love, but their bond frayed when Zach couldn't accept that Claire was a prostitute. Despondent, Zach turned to Kay, the waitress at Red's who knew how to please him, and his life evolved in ways he never imagined possible.
Hangtown is an action-packed adventure of personal growth the combines history, intrigue, and romance to create a gripping tale. Hangtown is intended for mature readers. The story contains sexual content and moderate language.
The adventures of Zach and Claire continue. In Book Two they battle the adherents of the Nativist Party and their secret society, the Order of the Star-Spangled Banner (OSSB). Zach's spiritual growth is challenged by why a God of love allows suffering? Claire has a series of dreams she doesn't understand, so she turns to a Gypsy for guidance. The entanglements make the book a page-turner.
California's early history had a dark side. The California Constitutional Convention considered making slavery legal. State funds were used to pay for the scalps of Native Americans. The Native American Party's campaign to make the United States a whilte, Protestant nation found California receptive to its message. The California Legislature passed laws that banned Chinese immigration and punished Asians who were already residents.
Zach Johnson, the son of an Episcopal priest and owner of a mining camp's newspaper, opposed policies that constrained women, Negroes, Indians, and immigrants. He believed all people should have the same legan rights as native-born men. The conflict between Zach and the 1850s' prevailing attitudes was venomous and uncompromising.
Zach's personal life was contentious also. Two women give birth to a child he fathered. Zach's brother, a priest, insisted Zach amend his ways and get right with the Lord. Zach's pursuit of righteousness was enabled by his dreams but impeded by his bullheadedness.
Hangtown, The Dark Night, completes Bingham's Hangtown trilogy and Zach's quest to be close to God.