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Passing Through: Exploring the Envelope

The first part of Captain Manny Sousa’s autobiography offers a unique and captivating journey through the life of a distinguished military officer.

The first part of Captain Manny Sousa’s autobiography offers a unique and captivating journey through the life of a distinguished military officer. The book covers Captain Sousa’s life from 1932 to 1971, including his experiences during the Vietnam War. The narrative is facilitated by a 2027 interview conducted by Captain Sousa’s son, Michael, making it unique and a deviation from a traditional first-person narration. The dialogue between Captain Sousa and his son is well-crafted, and the exchange between them effectively sets the stage for exploring the author’s experiences. It gives a Tuesdays with Morrie vibe. The book offers a perfectly balanced rough around the edges but still seamlessly flowing story.

Passing Through stands out not only for its historical insights but also for its spiritual dimension. Captain Sousa shares his intimate connection with Jean, a significant presence in his life since birth, even after she died in 1949. The spiritual encounters, conveyed through unspoken messages, omens, and agreements, add an intriguing aspect to the book. The author is a no-holds-barred kind of person. He knows that he is not infallible and demonstrates it by candidly discussing his history’s positive and negative aspects. The book bravely highlights the grey areas of decision-making, providing a balanced perspective on Captain Sousa’s choices and actions.

Even without seeing his credentials, one can tell that the author is an Army man. The writing in Passing Through: Exploring the Envelope is straightforward, with a conscious effort to eliminate unnecessary details and maintain simplicity. Sousa’s sincerity and simplicity shine through as he shares personal insights, spiritual experiences, and reflections on his actions. The use of simple words and sentences contributes to the clarity and accessibility of the story. The narrative is well-organized, and the dialogue effectively engages the reader in the unfolding story.

Although the inclusion of the fictional storyline in a factual memoir might be challenging for some readers and was bold, the author took time to help the reader understand why. This demonstrated a deliberate and thoughtful disposition which will be well appreciated. This genuine quality is also exhibited by the author’s willingness to confront his past with honesty and openness which adds authenticity to the story.

Passing Through is an engaging and thought-provoking read for those interested in personal memoirs and spiritual journeys. Captain Sousa’s reflections on his life, questioning why he was saved, and finding purpose in sharing his story, provides a poignant message. He invites reflection on the complexities of human experience, the impact of choices, and the enduring influence of spiritual connections.

This is a very important book, not just because it insists that writing memoirs has therapeutic and nostalgic benefits as well as a valuable and encouraging sentiment. But also, because it prompts an honest self-reflection and makes for interesting conversations. Not to mention that it is an enjoyable and immersive literary experience. Captain Sousa’s first installment is well done. It is deserving of notable mention.

 

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Passing Through

Capt. Manny Sousa

Author, (Ret) US Navy Captain

Explore the journey and war stories of a publish author and a War Veteran.
Passing Through

Capt. Manny Sousa

Author, (Ret) US Navy Captain

Explore the journey and war stories of a publish author and a War Veteran.
Passing Through

Passing Through Exploring the Envelope (Part One)

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This book is my auto-biography from birth 1932 through 1971, the end of my fifth Vietnam tour and squadron change of command. Part Two, in progress, will complete PT, 1972-? Although leaving a legacy for descendants was a consideration, my primary purpose in writing PT is to share my spiritual experiences with Jean, who has been very prominently present in my life since my birth and following her death in 1949. My facilitating narrative device is a 2027 interview by my son Michael, because it was useful to have a “devil’s advocate” and an alternative to one-sided first person narration. Though adding the possibly confusing complication of a fictional story line in a factual memoir was a concern, chapter 2 will hopefully serve to introduce and clarify my strategy.

Following Manny’s commissioning as a Navy Ensign and designation as a naval aviator in 1956, he flew the first carrier-based aircraft capable of delivering nuclear weapons on his initial Western Pacific carrier deployment. During Vietnam War deployments in 1964 and 1966, Manny flew F-4 Phantoms. In 1968, 1970, and 1971 Vietnam deployments, he flew A-7 Corsair II’s for a total of 300+ combat missions. Sadly, resulting domestic stress contributed to the breakup of his marriage and continental separation from his four children.

In 1969 Manny’s departed aunt Jean spiritually revealed herself to him in successive three hour conversations spanning three days, summarized in Chapter One. Ever since, Jean continued her heaven-sent companionship and loving guidance in his life.

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