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An Inspiring Journey of Forgiveness and Promise-Keeping"There had never been any real chance for a physical solution to Dad's alcoholism. The problem couldn't be solved, and certainly not by me, and there was no way for me to get him out . . . This was where as a child, deep within my soul, I would take my father in the darkest moments. For the little boy, there was no place farther away than the images from the books in my father's library of Namche Bazaar and the Himalaya. So this was where I promised myself I would take my father, the only place I knew he would be happy . . . the very keep of my imaginary castle."At once a trek to the highest peak on Earth and the deepest place of the heart, My Father's Keep captures the experience that all adult children share: the pain and suffering of growing up in the chaos of alcoholism and the dogged belief that they can-and must-somehow save their afflicted parents from their torment. As that child, Ed Abell vows that one day he and his father will see the Himalaya together-a vow he kept twelve years after his father's death.My Father's Keep is a story of hope for healing of our most complicated family relationships through understanding, compassion, and forgiveness, peace for ourselves despite our inability to save our loved ones from the ravages of addiction, and strength for the arduous yet enriching journey.
Ed Abell lives in rural Wisconsin. He has climbed and trekked to: Mt. Fuji, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Everest Base Camp, Rim to rim across the Grand Canyon and Mt. Sneffels. After a thirty-year design career, he gave up the brush and pen for a word processor. He has been writing since the mid-nineties.