From the earliest kindergarten days when family and society define boyhood too narrowly to allow Gary’s vibrant spirit to express fully, through the awkward discoveries of teenage years, and into the higher stakes dilemmas of adulthood, Gary reveals a life of passion, love, addiction, pain and joy. A life that is a quest for true freedom that inspires me to examine my own life for blockers that limit my joy. – Amazon Review
Raw, vulnerable, and unflinchingly honest, this memoir portrays a hero’s rocky journey to authenticity. A true page turner, the story follows one man’s remarkable resilience.
Oppressed by society, Gary denied his essential self in an attempt to conform. On the surface, he survived a desperate search for approval and even thrived professionally. Beneath the surface, he struggled and suffered through one dysfunctional, codependent relationship after another. Time and again his true nature cried out.
The new millennium dawned and ushered in a spiritual awakening. Insight, creativity, and integrity returned through fits and starts, bright successes, and dark failures. Taming the Dragon is an emotional rollercoaster of laughter and tears, madness, and miracles. It shows us self-love and healthy relationships are possible, regardless of age or past mistakes.
About the Author
Gary Tubbs is the author of Mindful Messages for Children (2016) and A Boy Like Me (2020). Taming the Dragon: My Memoir of Coming Out, Addiction, and Awakening is his first published work. A former Seattle school principal, Gary is blissfully retired and residing in Bali, Indonesia.