Ben Johnson was born and bred in Oklahoma. Despite his best efforts to escape it, the red dirt, blue skies, pump jacks and the multi-generational effects of the Dustbowl call to him, the way some certain river calls to each salmon. He grew up disappearing into stories, sermons and the myths we live inside. He's lived in Vermont since 2004, been a college librarian, and has spent more than fifteen years in and around organized labor, on both sides.
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979-8985467109 Fury & Grace The true tale of an addict’s search for grace through ancient Greek philosophers, a decade as an elected union official, a childhood among evangelicals, marriage and four kids; alcoholism, crack cocaine, meth, bulimia and obesity; justifiable homicide, a murder-suicide and sexual violence; escaping from volatile convicts; and hauling a dead father from the bottom of a well. Throughout it all, Ben Johnson could find no grace, only the fury that chases him across the decades of his life. When his life finally falls apart, he begins a new journey that delivers grace born of that very fury.
79-8985467130 Finding the Pearl in the Storm Ben Johnson has spent more than 15 years in and around organized labor as a strategist on both sides, first as an elected union president, then as a consultant and advisor to management teams related to organized labor. Finding the Pearl in the Storm offers a path to making sense of the unfamiliar and treacherous terrain leadership teams face when dealing with organized labor. He takes such classics of strategy as The Art of War as his starting point and adapts them to the labor environment. Far from merely surviving, leaders can use the crisis to Find Pearls in the Storm.