From Inlaws and Outlaws – The DNA Mystery Of A Music Icon’s Son

Linda K. – “This book will grab your attention from the first line. The journey and struggles of being adopted and trying to find the past, this is a must read for anyone out there, whether you have been adopted or not.”

Karlon C. – “John has gone through a tremendous amount of searching to find out what most of us take for granted…who am I? Who were my parents? What genetically inherited traits make me the way I am and why?

John’s story should inspire many who seek to know their own truth to never give up because he found the gold at the end of his rainbow and has a wonderful story to tell from the experience.”

Donna E. – “This was a great read…especially enjoyed it because I know the author. Reading about “characters” I know made me want to keep turning pages until finished. So happy for you John, and the journey you have made to find your family. God bless the “old” and the “new” family !”

Sandi B. – “Searching for answers and stumbling through roadblocks, a journey to find one’s birth parents can be a daunting task or a great adventure. John Bates is entertaining in telling about his great adventure. He not only conveys his journey with whimsy and heartache, but encourages others that are searching and gives help along the way. This book reaffirms my own desire to promote open adoption. I cannot wait to share this story with adoptees who I know are struggling to find their beginning.”

Anita C. – “I absolutely LOVE your book !”

Camille R. – “Very much enjoyed the story of your journey. Even more enjoyable after following you on Facebook. Well done, my friend.”

Rick R. – “In full disclosure, I went to high school with John Bates, the author of this extraordinary work. At that time, I either forgot John was adopted or it didn’t matter much. However, having reconnected with John through social media the past few years, I have grown to love this story of redemption — from “state-sponsored identity theft” to finding his true birth identity from years of exhaustive DNA detective work. Through his wry sense of humor, John weaves a tale of sleuthing through closed records and closed mouths that eventually leads to his true identity. If you enjoy a well-written story, complete with a “how to” on searching one’s DNA trail, then this is a must read.”

From The Final Road Trip

Lori S. – “This author’s style of writing is not only entertaining, but keeps the reader interested right to the end on a subject that seems to have been mostly taboo in the past. I think this book should be kept in every hospital gift shop and/or hospice in the country. Dealing with death does not have to be a gloomy experience, and honoring family members at the end of life can still be done with respect and honor. I think more and more people these days are trying to have more “celebration of life” type services and whether you are trying to do just that, or actually plan a “family directed funeral” this is an excellent book to guide you on that journey. This book is not lengthy, and can be read in a few short hours.”

Tom M. – “Written from the heart. A family’s journey to honor their father’s/ grandfather’s wishes for a no fuss burial and without the use of a Funeral Director. A must for anyone considering a “do it yourself” funeral. Getting back to the way things used to be. Giving the gift of closure and time to experience the full circle of life, a family can fully grieve and move on. Powerful.”

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