Stumblings on the Path to Joy: The Autobiography of H. Stewart Ross
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Available: June 2013
H. Stewart Ross was born in 1925 into the prosperous family of H.B. Ross. In his circles, it was routine to meet famous artists and important explorers. He once sat at the foot of Margaret Mead and listened to her strange new theories advanced from her time in the South Seas. As a boy, Stewart made his own adventures, explored the outdoors, put on a childhood circus and helped grandfather with his inventions.
Stewart planned to live an important life. He became the youngest graduate of seminary at only twenty one and from there began his career as an Episcopal priest. At thirty, he married a childhood friend and actress and together they had four beautiful children. They built a custom home on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan and hired a cook, a nursemaid, a housekeeper, a laundress and a butler.
Stewart’s life was enviable on the outside, but inside he was in the grips of alcoholism. In time, he spiraled into a dangerous depression and attempted suicide. He went on to lose his marriage, his home and almost his career.
The consequences of his drinking and his struggle to get sober is only part of his story. It is also a story of hope and one he wants to share with his children, his grandchildren and anyone wondering how life can be a delight, even with it’s ups and downs.
We all stumble in life – but if we look closely we’ll find seeds of joy rooted in life’s tragedies.
Sidse Powell is a freelance writer, novelist and screenwriter. She is the coauthor of the award winning book on cancer: Powerful Medicine: Vitamin D: Shedding Light on a Worldwide Health Crisis.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.