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 Welcome to the show!!! It's Friday and Brian & Ellen J have a great show lined up for you...first up, we welcome into the studio, attorney/author, John T Long into the studio; he will be joining us to talk about his book, "The Book of John: (Not The One In The Bible)" John is a licensed practicing attorney, counselor and personal life coach who has helped thousands of people. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama and has a B.A. in American Studies (a self-study concentrating in History, English and Sociology.) from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. 

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  • SPOTLIGHT ON: John Long, attorney and author BY FAITH DORN Special to The Star 

  • John Long is an attorney and bestselling author on substance abuse. Arrested in 2000 for possession of crack cocaine, and threatened with losing his law license, Long went to treatment and joined a 12-step program. Now sober for 18 years and still practicing law, he has recently released his autobiography, The Book of John (Not The One In The Bible), and it is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million and more. To book Long to speak to your group contact him on his website, 

  • What interested you in working as an attorney? 

  • That was the year they came out with the Mitsubishi 3000GT, and I wanted one of those. Plus, I thought I could save the world. Neither one of those worked out. [laughter] But I have helped lots of people by doing criminal defense, divorce, personal injury — a little bit of everything. 

  • Tell us about the opioid crisis. 

  • People do not understand addiction, and the opioid crisis has to do with addiction. People — not knowing they have a genetic or whatever predisposition to addiction — take that first drink or drug. You do not know you are an addict until you take that, and once you take it, it sets off a craving — an actual physical reaction in your body to where you want more. There is an article about it by the National Institute of Health. 

  • How did you progress from drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana to using crack cocaine? 

  • The crack cocaine started when my second wife passed away from asthma, and I did not want to deal with the pain. Her daughter that was living with us had a boyfriend who I bought pot from, and he also sold cocaine. One thing led to another. Two years after starting that, I lost everything. 

  • What happened after your 35-day treatment? 

  • After treatment, I moved into a single-wide trailer in the middle of a junkyard — with eight of us living there. I came home one night after a meeting, and my wife and I got into an argument, and she threw me out of the junkyard, and the only place I had left to go was my parents’ house. I had a 25-inch Sanyo television, two garbage bags full of clothes and my two kids. I had a car I bought for $250, a 1988 Ford Thunderbird; it did not have a grill or muffler, and I had to wipe the windows with my hands, but it got me to meetings. 

  • Tell us about your experience in Sedona. 

  • Last year, I went to Sedona, Arizona, with some friends I met on Facebook; it was for a psychic awareness seminar. We did this fire ceremony where we wrote a letter to God. In that letter I asked God to help me finish writing this book because I had put it down for four years, but I knew if I ever finished it, it would help a lot of people. So, we put our letters in the fire and sent it out into the universe. There were about 18 of us, and we all asked for different things; I asked to be shown a rainbow. The next day, a friend of mine who had moved to Sedona said he would take me to a meeting. Everybody gets there, and I am asked to read the literature for the meeting. He announces the meeting and says, “I want to welcome everyone to the Over the Rainbow group of Alcoholics Anonymous.” I started bawling like a baby, and I could not even read; I am sure I gave those people a stereotype — guy from Alabama cannot even read! [laughter] They give out sobriety chips at the beginning of the meetings. One girl said, “Oh, I am so filled with gratitude that I made it a year without drinking. I was looking out my window on my way here, looking at Bell Rock, and ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ started playing on the radio.” I started crying again. We start sharing, and another guy said, “Oh, April, I am so proud of you. I remember when you were growing up, we used to call you by your nickname ‘April Rainbow’.” I got back from the trip, and I was looking at my pictures, and there is a rainbow in one of them.

  • JOHN LONG Hometown: Birmingham 
  • Occupation: Attorney and #1 best-selling author 
  • Favorite author: James Redfield and Wayne Dyer 
  • Favorite film: 
  • “Avatar” 
  • Favorite music: Indie Rock 
  • Words to live by: 
  • I try to maintain my integrity. I think that is really important for an individual. If you cannot be honest with other people and yourself, you get guilt, regret and remorse. Tell the truth. Be real. I do not sugarcoat anything. Advice: Let go, let God. Be honest. Be who you are. Be authentic.




  I just finished your book last night! Holy crap is it ever good! I laughed, cried and said "OMG" alot! Your book is an amazing testament of how "Everything Happens For a Reason"... Its quite mind-blowing when you sit back and think of how the Universe works in ways that we can't even begin to imagine! 

  My father's death was my catalyst for my huge life change. It is the event in my life that almost killed me, yet his death is what started me on my journey which eventually led us to being in Sedona  and doing the fire ceremony. I actually got the fire ceremony idea after I wrote God a letter about my dad and the pain I was in with losing him, I asked Him to remove the pain... And He did!

I've been sitting here with tears running down my face after reading that the fire ceremony is what helped you finish the book! 

  Spirit works in the most magnificent ways... For me, it always goes back to my dad. This is why we have to Bless The Bullshit.... It's fertilizer for your dreams!

Amazing book written by an amazing soul!!-Patricia Mona

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Patricia's Book of The Month


(Not The One In The Bible)

Written By: John T. Long

I am thrilled to recommend this months Great Read to you! I have had the pleasure of teaching John T. Long at one of my International Psychic Retreats last year in Sedona Az and I know that you will love his wit and wisdom as much as I do! Spending the week in one of the most magical places in the world, John was able to have a BIG sign from Spirit that the "Big guy" upstairs was listening...He speaks about his retreat experience in his new book "The Book Of John (Not The One In The Bible).

Amazon Reviews


jennifer watts reviewed The Book of John: (Not The One In The Bible)

This book is Addictive!!! May 31, 2019

Honest! Raw! Gripping! Wonderful book from a very talented author. It was a page turner from the beginning. Very well paced and incredibly inspiring! I hope he writes more books in the future. He’s my new favorite author!!!!

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Haley Beason reviewed The Book of John: (Not The One In The Bible)

1 of 1 people found the following helpful

A spiritual journey to truth - great read. May 29, 2019

The Book of John instantly raised my vibration. What a wonderful read. This book totally resonates with my spiritual path and John and I share many of the same truths. From the moment you pick the book up-you are hooked. John's life has been an exciting adventure from one spiritual quest to the next! It was an awesome read!

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Amazon Customer reviewed The Book of John: (Not The One In The Bible)

1 of 1 people found the following helpful

Addiction to sobriety!!!! Amazing!!! May 29, 2019

I just want to say how much I relate to this book and how true his descriptions of his life in addiction are. This book really shared experience strength and hope. I have had the hardest time putting it down. It keeps me wanting to keep reading. It is awesome!!!

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Lawrence K. reviewed The Book of John: (Not The One In The Bible)

Remarkable Story May 24, 2019

A truly remarkable story, the Good News is it isn’t over yet. Thanks for sharing John, keep coming back!!

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Patricia Monna

5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent Book!

July 24, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

This book made me laugh, cry and say "OMG" about a thousand times!
John Long has a brilliant way of keeping the reader on the edge of their seat with his daring and sometimes ruthless ways of his past. Written with raw truth and complete transparency, John teaches the reader that life is simultaneously a series of choices and chances that constantly intersect, leading us to our greatest potential if we can move past our pain and learn from our circumstances.
I know that this is a book about addiction, however I don't drink nor do I have substance abuse issues. I mention this because I believe that ANYONE can relate and learn from this authors



May 13 · 

This is an amazing story of life, love, and the pursuit of wisdom. I laughed out loud a lot, but I also learned deep lessons about living life to the fullest. John Long’s life story is a page turner that moves from the depths of despair to the heights of enlightenment.

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May 13 · 

I like this guy! He offered me help when I was to proud to ask!! And That Is Real!!

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Awesome read! A real page turner....hard to put down




Interview With Author John T. Long

Please introduce yourself and your book(s)!

My name is John T. Long and my Book is The Book of John (Not the one in the Bible).

What is/are the real-life story(ies) behind your book(s)?

This book is my autobiography, growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, dealing with life, sex, drugs and rock & roll in the seventies and eighties.

What inspires/inspired your creativity?

All my teachers and professors growing up always told me I was a good writer. I also wanted to help people by writing the book.

How do you deal with creative block?

Put it down and forget about it. I did this with the current book for four years. However, I was taking notes the entire time and when I went back I incorporated the notes in the story weaving spiritual experiences with dialogue.

What are the biggest mistakes you can make in a book?

Not having it edited. Mine was edited twice and I spent thirty hours on each edit corrections.

Do you have tips on choosing titles and covers?

Those are two of the most important factors in a book. The title was literally given to me by a ghost writer that I added to it. The cover is important, also, because you want to grab the readers attention to pick it up.

How do bad reviews and negative feedback affect you and how do you deal with them?

There are gonna be people that don’t relate to your book, always. A bad review is better than no review and could turn out to pique someones interest, like one of my recent reviews.

How has your creation process improved over time?

I am a better writer overall on everything I do. I catch errors not only in my writing, but others as well!

What were the best, worst and most surprising things you encountered during the entire process of completing your book(s)?

I learned a lot about myself during this whole process. The worst is that is very tedious and time consuming. The most surprising was and is the excellent reviews I have been getting!

Do you tend towards personal satisfaction or aim to serve your readers? Do you balance the two and how?

My aim is to help my readers not only understand addiction and alcoholism, but also to improve their lives overall by using the techniques and modalities in my book.

What role do emotions play in creativity?

I think they play a large part as I tried to convey how I was feeling and thinking during highly emotional scenes. I poured my heart and soul out into this book and I think my readers can feel it.

Do you have any creativity tricks?

Be still, meditate and pray. Get out of your mind into your heart and the universe will respond, ask and you will receive.

What are your plans for future books?

This book was published on May 8, 2019 and my current plans are to sell this one. It took me eight years to write, so I’m in no hurry to start another one.

Tell us some quirky facts about yourself

I have no quirks, it’s all normal to me…

Normal is just a setting on the washing machine.

You’ll just have to read the book!