Life's Passages: From Guyana to America


Life’s Passages: From Guyana to America

 Life Passages: From Guyana to America by Erwin K Thomas is available at How has the Christian faith shaped my life?  Why did I pursue to further my education in America?   Why did I marry a White American woman?  How did I get a break at CBS Radio Network News?  Why did I decide to become an American citizen?  How did I become a professor, chair, and graduate director at Norfolk State University, Virginia?  Why did I become an author?  Why did I continue to write books in retirement?  These are some of the questions I have explored in this memoir.     

Lifes Passages is a spiritual biography that traces my life’s journey.  Its theme captures the role of a loving and caring God in our lives.  Readers will travel to the local environment of Guyana - a small South American country, and discover the living conditions. This trip later takes one to some West Indian Islands, and American cities, and college towns.

Undoubtedly, Guyanese culture helped determine who I was to become.  Beginning in the late 1960s, American social, political, and economic factors shaped how I lived as a student, and grew as a professional. But it is my belief that the hand of God was at work throughout my life.  This was true from the day I was born, with my experiences in public school, college, and universities.

Growing up in a small three-room house on North Road, Georgetown, I often joined my ten sisters and brothers for prayer in the living room of our house.  I would attend Mass at St. Georges Cathedral, Georgetown, and later in life at Church of Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach, VA.  These experiences would greatly influence me.  It was however, through the grace of God, I was able to have the necessary breaks to progress in life. These opportunities led to fulfillment, happiness, and passion for life. 

I benefited from an excellent education, held challenging jobs, and was blessed with a caring family.  There were trials along the way, when my life seemed as though it was falling apart, but I persevered, and overcame these setbacks.  This memoir is one of hope, love, and the triumph of the human spirit.



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