Change of Heart includes some fascinating people, distinctive characters of great accomplishment who played pivotal roles in the story I tell. I thought readers might want to know more about them.
Warrior turned healer, Presbyterian minister and pioneering pastoral counselor John Boyle died at the age of 87 in 2013, but left as his legacy the counseling center he founded at one of the nation’s most prominent Presbyterian churches, the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago.
As a teenager, Boyle enlisted in the U.S. Army in WWII and served as a first sergeant in France and Germany from 1944 to 1946. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and served in one of the units that liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau. The horrors he witnessed there led him to do what he called the opposite of the inhumanity he had seen, and that, for him, was to enter the ministry.
Boyle devoted his career to counseling people in grief, loss, personal devastation and recovery from abuse or addiction, touching thousands of lives. More about his life and career can be found at http://www.fourthchurch.org/about/john-boyle.html