|About the Book|
Polynesian Dreams, an epic memoir, takes us around the world as we follow the story of Johan. Beginning in 1940 as a startled ten-year-old Johan witnesses the German invasion and destruction of his home in Holland, and continuing into the longMorePolynesian Dreams, an epic memoir, takes us around the world as we follow the story of Johan. Beginning in 1940 as a startled ten-year-old Johan witnesses the German invasion and destruction of his home in Holland, and continuing into the long adventures of his youth, Johan Van Oldenbarneveld’s is a tale that captivates, which draws his readers close. In 1950, Johan, now a young man, emigrates to the United States and is soon drafted into the Military Police. He is stationed for duty in Germany.After his honorable discharge from the service, Johan’s life becomes a long and uncontrollable downward spiral of alcoholism, amphetamines, and bad behavior.Bankrupted financially and morally, at the point of physical collapse—he finally asks himself what went wrong? Slowly, Johan fights his way back to health. He discovers that inner voice within himself, the voice within us all, which is the source of all the good in humanity.Reading Polynesian Dreams, we grow to hear our own inner voices more clearly. In great vivid prose, Johan Van Oldenbarneveld shares himself at his most vulnerable, takes us on great adventures, and reveals the frantic realities of war. In what is not your average rags-to-riches tale, Johan finds greater meaning in his life, and articulates his journey with such humble honesty that we too are moved to seek out something deeper within ourselves. This is a personal, powerful story of spiritual turmoil, of exodus and return, which everyone will enjoy no matter their chosen path.