Twitch and Shout Hallelujah, Amen – Poems of Love, Forgiveness and Living with Tourette’s Syndrome

Twitch and Shout!!  Hallelujah, Amen

For in Him we live and move, and have our being, as certain also your own poets have said, “for we are his offspring.”

–Acts 17:28

Gregory John Nashif was not diagnosed with Tourette syndrome until he was twenty-nine, when his mom sent him an article she read in a magazine. He is now sixty-eight. His journey with Tourette syndrome has been long and sometimes bitter, but he had a friend who made the difference. His name is Jesus Christ–through him, the author learned to forgive, laugh, and experience joy. Nashif does not have a degree. He is not a psychologist. He is merely a person writing from his own experience.

“What you are about to read is a non-linear story written in some prose but mostly verse. This poetic journal is written out of a lot of experience in the life of a man who from an early age, was misunderstood.”  From the foreword by Scott Waters

As I look at all the events I have been through, I can see what an awesome adventure of Love, Forgiveness and Living with Tourette’s it has been. These writings are little glimpses into my life: some of these poems were written during times of distress, some brought comfort to my soul and uplifted my spirit.

Living with Tourette Syndrome has not been an easy adventure. Growing up in an age of ignorance toward this disease, has caused turmoil, anguish, hardship to say the least.   Through poetry I have tried to capture, the emotion and passion connected with this disorder.  To help bring an understanding to what Tourette Syndrome is all about.   And that the path to freedom, goes through the Cross of Jesus Christ.  May those who read, be surely blessed.

— Gregory J Nashif


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