"From barren rocks ... to living stones" is a concise and incident packed memoir that covers an eighteen month period in the teenage life of the author in the nineteen sixties. It is seen originally from a young person's perspective; and, as the writer matures and shares his experiences, in turn the reader gains from his reflections on the people and the places, beginning in Colonial era Aden, where he has lived, observed, and remembered. Conversational in style, it is very personal which brings something of an intimacy into the story being revealed. The book is a meditative postscript to the twentieth century bringing some valid and perceptive insights. Pursuing through the events of the time, we begin to see a life that will swing from the sadness to the times of joy, times of humour and times of thoughtfulness, times of tragedy and times of tenderness. We can see the issues as one faces the dual challenges of a western youth culture in the context of a home in the Middle East. Like wise there are the aspects of seeing the contrast of an Islamic and Christian culture side by side. However, the deep concerns of the middle eastern terrorism of the nineteen sixties also brings a topical aspect into the process of learning from the events as we begin the twenty first century with strong concerns about the dangers of living with the threat of terrorism. This is the true story of one person's journey in life that brings lessons for so many in their own journey of life.
Jon Magee was born in 1951 at RAF Cosford, in Shropshire, England into a nomadic family. His father served in the British Royal Air Force as a Medical Secretary, and so did he for 10 years as an Electronic Technician working on Aircraft communictations. Consequently, by the time he reached the age of 30 he had never lived anywhere more than 3 years maximum, and was in 14 schools by the time he had completed his secondary education.
The result is that he has lived through many of the milestones of late 20th Century history: in the 1950's he was in Singapore during the Chinese riots, 1960/62 was in Germany at the height of the cold war, 1966/67 was in Aden (Yemen)as a teenager in the midst of the conflict and terrorism of the time and the British evacuation. As an adult, Jon Magee arrived in Malta as the Maltese Prime Minister decided he did not like the British, and then he went to Cyprus with his new wife, Joan, 1973 - 1975, in time for the Military coup and Turkish invasions of 1974.
He is married to Joan and have 3 daughters, 2 sons, and 5 grandchildren, and now serves as Baptist minister in Scotland, as well as serving as a Chaplain in various schools and industrial establishments.
As an author, his writings reflect that nomadic early life, and brings out the realism of what it is like to live at the heart of the conflicts in the world in a way that is only possible having personal experience of the situations. In addition to writing for magazines and local newspapers, Jon is the author of "From Barren Rocks ... to Living Stones" and "Paradise Island, Heavenly Journey".
What was it that brought Jon Magee to start his writing career. Check out this link to see some of the inspiration