“Full disclosure – Stephen is my husband. I’ve read this book a number of times because I helped Stephen edit it. It’s always a little scary when your loved one puts out a creative endeavor, especially one from the heart, and then counts on you to be honest with your criticism. I was so relieved to be able to tell him how much I loved this book. I love it because Stephen is such a unique individual, and his voice comes through so clearly in his writing. I love it because every time I read it I laughed out loud and cried buckets. I love it because it grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go (of course, it is also my story and who doesn’t love reading about themselves). I love it because it’s been a long time since we wrote love letters to each other, but this might just be the best one. I love it because I’ve been by his side and am so proud of him for the work he has done, and for his courage to tell everyone about it in the hopes that he might help someone else. I love it because I miss my son, and anything that puts more of Jasper out into the world is top of my list. I love it because I think writing it might have saved Stephen’s life. Read it – you won’t be disappointed.”
– Barbra Mohan
The Razor-edge of Life
“I was an honored advance reader of Stephen’s book and was deeply impressed not only with the truly incredible adventures he has been on, the storybook romance with Barb that took place on a tall ship in exotic locations around the globe, and the fairy tale life they created with Jasper – living on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest, rowing Jasper to school and re-building a one-of-a-kind Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, Carlotta – but also with his talent as a writer and his willingness to take us deeply through his and Barb’s devastating journey as they cared for Jasper after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Stephen in his profile photo on the back cover looks tattooed and tough, but if you look a little closer at that tattoo – a space-ship leaking books and legos – you see a whimsical light-hearted testament to playing and reading, despite all. Now, here, flying out of Jasper’s spaceship is Stephen’s book about their life.
As we travel onwards through the book, we see, yes this man is tough, but he is also gentle. Yes, this man is strong, but he is also fragile. Stephen brings us to the razor-edge of life where profound love meets deep grief without apology. We feel something else too. With Stephen, acting as a conduit, we feel the fantastic joie de vivre that Jasper had for life, and we are reminded that despite unbearable suffering, this precious life is worth milking for all it has to offer. Thank you Stephen. Thank you Jasper. Onwards we all go.”
To Have a Child
“Years ago President Kennedy said, “To have a child is to give fate a hostage.” In my middle class world fate has generally treated those hostages pretty well. But what happens when fate treats a hostage very very badly? In ‘Onwards We Go’ Stephen Mohan recounts his life growing up as a normal adventurous kid. Things only got better in adulthood, adventures grew in scope, love blossomed. So although this book is sold as an autobiography it is really an extraordinary love story. The love of a father for his son. This is a tough, passionate, honest, well written book. It will tear your heart apart and have you praying for a happy ending. Does the Phoenix arise from the ashes? Let’s say the Phoenix emerges from the ashes. Burnt, bedraggled, trailing broken wings and generally beat up, but he emerges. This is a must read for all but the faint of heart.”
– Peter Heiberg, Author