My name is William L. Ingram.
That's the name on my birth certificate but it's not the name I grew up with or used for the first 21 years of my life.
Finding Heaven In The Dark is the title of my award winning memoir. I am the central character but I am not the hero of my story. That's important to remember.
I had a love/hate relationship with my childhood and teenage years. I was an insecure introvert who was sensitive and secretive. My particular life circumstances were difficult but not extraordinary.
As the African-American son born to an unwed mother during the post World War II baby boom, I struggled with secret anger and a confused life view.
Finding Heaven In the Dark is a personal memoir of painfully wrong choices I made as a youth. My self-destructive rebellion and desertion from the Marine Corps in 1967 turned into a cross country odyssey that ended on skid row in a Los Angeles rescue mission. As a 17-year-old fugitive I was finally forced to confront my personal demons.
The handcuffs locked around my wrists. I had been tried, convicted, and sentenced.
I was twenty-one-years old, as I stood shackled and ready to be transported to the Camp Lejeune Regional Brig of the US Marine Corps in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
This military prison was where I wanted to be. My entire focus for the prior three years had been directed toward getting me to this point. This place was the only one where I could end a bad beginning. Silently, I searched for that quiet center of my being that gave me the strength to get this far.
Insightful January 20, 2019
I enjoyed this insightful book that takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of a black man who came of age during the late sixties during a time of social unrest and racial injustices. The journey is a painful one that digs deep into the conscience of the reader. Great book.
Much better than I thought it would be! May 1, 2018
I expected the book to be good, but it was better than what I expected. I expected spirituality on some level, but it wasn't overwhelming, it was subtle but very effective. At the point of him introducing his meditation scripture, it became my meditation scripture and I felt a renewing in my spirit. Thank you Mr. William L. Ingram, thank you!
Work in Progress October 29, 2018
William touched my spirit with his openness and vulnerability. I look at mediation in a new way. This young man is on a continuous quest for truth I am blessed he shared his journey of forgiveness healing and change through a personal relationship with our Savior.
Thanks October 5, 2018
Very well written about life that shows many real life struggles that we all have in each in our own way and a way to gain victory!
Great book July 25, 2018
This is the best book I read in a long time. Informative. Thought provoking and a lot of history and knowledge