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About Our Guest Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan was born and raised in northwestern Illinois.  He studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Colorado.  In 1972, he received his pilot’s license and traveled south to, meeting Father Bill Woods in Guatemala, flying for the land reform project that was reshaping the Ixcan region and joining his life with that of its people.

Michael Sullivan’s flying job took him all over the world—ferrying people, medicine, crops, and supplies - in East Africa, New Guinea, Tanzania, Indonesia, Alaska, and for many years with Jacques -Yves Cousteau and the Cousteau Society.

In the farming communities of the Guatemalan jungle, the simple life was a good one, sustained by family, faith, community, and the pilots, like Michael Sullivan, who linked their isolated villages.

Then the repression began, the random, violent government purges, aided by the U.S. military and CIA—that wiped out crops and villages and forced men, women, and children into desperate lives of hiding in the dense jungle for sixteen long years.

When peace accords finally were signed, it was a story Michael Sullivan knew had to be told.  Returning once again, he talked with the people he’d known long before—giving us the fascinating, painful, but most of all, deeply human tales of strength and survival in his recently released book, Not Our Day To Die - Testimony from the Guatemalan Jungle.

I invite you to listen to my interview with Michael Sullivan.  Our conversation will be about his life’s journey as a pilot for hire traveling the world, including his time with Jacques Cousteau, and his meeting with Father Bill Woods in Guatemala, and events that reshaped the Ixcan region.

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Listen To The Show (Tuesday, January 30 at 10 AM CT) 

Not Our Day To Die - Testimonial from the Guatemalan Jungle, is about how the people of the Ixcan survived, and of the many who didn’t—was one that had to be told.  In three visits, Michael conducted the interviews talking with the villagers he’d known long before.  At first, they spoke hesitantly, then with the flood force of vivid memory, telling of their first arrival at the Ixcan, the lives they’d made, and the years of the repression and worse.  Their stories are gripping, fascinating, painful—but most of all, deeply human as we witness their struggle to survive and feel the force of the simple values that ultimately carried them through to a new and better life.
You can purchase Michael Sullivan's book here.


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