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As an Oregon farm boy growing up in the 1930s and ‘40s, Kenneth Magee wanted to give the best he could to God. His motivation led him to study medicine, and through his years of medical service, Magee sought to work for the Lord. But what he didn’t expect was just how far God would stretch him.

Beyond Surprise shares Magee’s life-altering experiences of practicing medicine not only in the United States, but overseas in battle-scarred countries and disaster areas. Work­ing with people of varying faiths and backgrounds as part of Medical Teams Interna­tional, Magee visited some of the poorest nations on Earth. Each journey showed him the importance of listening, maintaining a sense of humor, and hoping in the decency of mankind.

From war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan to poverty-ravaged El Salvador and refugee camps in Liberia, Magee helped people regardless of age, nationality, race, or religion. He listened to a woman named Nergis explain her frightening flight from Saddam Hus­sein; aided a terrified mother with her infant in tsunami-ravaged Sumatra; endured the torrential rains of Uganda; and enjoyed the simple pleasure of petting a black lamb in an Afghani sheep camp.

Beyond Surprise shares the remarkable true story of how one man’s faith gave him a lifetime of hope in God’s goodness.

Beyond Surprise is available at:

Amazon in paperback and Kindle



Barnes & Noble in paperback and Nook Book



Ken Magee has had a life filled with both challenges and adventure. As a Hospice Medical Director, he recognizes too often that records of such treasures are lost. In recording riches from his own childhood, he journeys back with his grandchildren to these early years in the Great Depression era. He challenges you also to tell and record your own life stories. Don't leave those treasures buried.

• Paperback: 136 pages

• Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 21,2008)

• Language: English

• ISBN-10: 1432726668

• ISBN-13: 978-1432726669

Mudwatching: Adventuring with Grandpa is available through Amazon and Barnes and Nobel at the following links.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mudwatching-Adventuring-Grandpa-Ken-Magee/dp/1432726668/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217967896&sr=8-1

Barns and Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?ean=1432726668

Reviews from Amazon.com

 By  Leo H. Criep Jr.

What a great book for all ages. For adults, it is reliving the childhood we had, or wish we had had. For children, it is a foray into the land of adventure. The simple pleasures Ken Magee was able to experience with a little imagination can inspire today's children to enrich their childhood. If you can't grow up with these adventures, you can at least read about them.

By Faith Marsalli

It has been a pleasure to read this treasure of a book with my daughter. It reveals the creative spirit of a child, so often lost in the passive entertainment of t.v. watching and video games. It helps us see the value of creating more free space in our children's lives to just "be" and to use their incredible imaginations in play. As an adult, "Mudwatching" has brought back a flood of happy memories from my my own childhood. I find the author's creative use of speaking in a child's voice very effective.

My mother is celebrating her 90th birthday soon. . .I plan to send a copy of this book to her. She is planning to write down her childhood memories and give this as a gift to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren at her birthday celebration. This book challenges us to record our stories and pass them on to those we love.

My daughter and I highly recommend this book!