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Surviving Chaos: How I Found Peace at A Beach Bar

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For many many years, Harold Phifer’s childhood living conditions remained a secret, even from those who thought they knew him best. No one knew about his past growing up with a mother who suffered from mental illness; a greedy, controlling aunt; a mindless and spoiled older brother; an absent father. It wasn’t until an explosion in Afghanistan that his memory was blasted back into focus. This book is the result of a long, cathartic chat with a stranger at a beach bar, where Harold finally found some peace.

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Harold Phifer

Harold Phifer was born and raised in Columbus, Mississippi. His first twenty-five years were spent entirely in his home state. After graduating Mississippi State and Jackson State Universities, he became a highly specialized air traffic controller, living and working as an international contractor, serving numerous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Harold is the author of his memoir, Sleepwalking Out of Afghanistan, Walking It All Back and the follow-up, an expanded autobiography, Surviving Chaos: How I Found Peace at A Beach Bar.

Reader Reviews

DeAngela Scott​
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“Great Read! – This book is a great read. The reader will experience an array of emotions as it covers numerous subject matters like absent father, mental health, bullying, and personal successes. The author’s unique writing style makes it easy for the reader to visualize the story that is being told.”
Cyrus Webb
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“This is one of those success stories that people can universally read and find something that inspires them. In SURVIVING CHAOS: How I Found Peace at a Beach Bar we are able to see some of the events that shaped the life and path of Harold Phifer. Whether it was the challenges of his youth and the relationship with his mother or the doubt that he had to deal with from others. When he saw an escape hatch to something different he took it, even though at times it also included its own struggles. Through it all we are able to see how Harold grew and learned, and as the events continue to unfold we see him rise and thrive. For those looking for the encouragement to push past the things that are meant to destroy them, Harold shows you can be refined by them instead, becoming a person you can be proud of.”
Jeffery Stewart
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“Once again Harold did a great job in telling his story with some humor and seriousness of what he endured while been raised by a mother who had mental problems. While reading the book I was captivated with his story.”
Sallie Jones
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"It was a book I could not put down until the end. I have already recommended it to my siblings. It was a great read!!!"
Lenor B
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“Inspirational and Intense – Oh boy, where to start with this one? Well, Surviving Chaos: How I Found Peace at A Beach Bar by Harold Phifer was a really intense read for me, Harold Phifer, the author, begins this book telling his childhood, and how even at a time when his family was completely dysfunctional, he managed to survive that part of his life, experience new chapters and travel, and well to be honest he survived only to land in a more intense adulthood. His time in Afghanistan forever changed him, he was in a massive explosion while working. Overall, the book is truly a rollercoaster of emotions, memoirs of a survivor, a brave one who bares his soul and his past to share with the rest of us. I totally recommend this book, is fascinating and inspiring.”

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