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One-Eyed Kings: Lessons I Learned from an Incurable Disease


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One-Eyed Kings informs, inspires, and even entertains while frankly and nimbly recounting the author’s confrontation with an unexpected, incurable foe. His rare disease does not reveal itself with the quick body punch of a heart attack. It creeps up slowly, renders legs unsteady and fingers ever less functional. When diagnosed, inclusion body myositis guarantees a years-long decline in mobility. Falling becomes the dreaded enemy. James V. McTevia makes peace with IBM, as its victims call the disease; but he wryly sums up human nature in the chapter heading: “I’d Rather Not Have Inclusion Body Myositis.” Have it he does, however, and his one-day-at-a-time philosophy translates to credible, well-spun advice for readers facing any adversity—medical, financial, or spiritual. After a long career as a renowned problem-solver in the business world, the author found a problem he could do nothing about. It was his own problem, revealed when he discovered he could not fasten the top button of his shirt. One-Eyed Kings is a riveting reminder of perils lurking in ordinary life for all of us, and the inner will we must harness to address them. An afterword by Dr. Tom Lloyd, co-director of the Johns-Hopkins Myositis Center, provides a concise scientific overview and discusses prospects for new drugs that will help those stricken by inclusion body myositis, including 20,000 Americans.

About the Author 

James V. McTevia’s business career began when he came ashore from life as a teenaged sailor on Great Lakes cargo carriers. After taking a job at the very bottom rung of the credit industry, he quickly worked his way upward and found himself—still in his 20s—speaking at seminars for lawyers and accountants. In his 30s, as a pioneer in the profession that became known as turnaround management, he established the McTevia & Associates consulting firm. His national reputation for consulting work with troubled companies continues today, and after half a century he still maintains a busy practice. McTevia’s greatest personal satisfaction over the decades has come not as a numbers man, but from his invisible role as life coach to client families traumatized by financial disaster. One-Eyed Kings illustrates, with captivating irony, the parallel tracks on which human nature leads us toward denying bad news of any kind. McTevia’s unusual career becomes, in fact, a metaphorical framework helping the reader understand his obscure disease, and how he came to confront it with inspiration from sources as diverse as his favorite rock star, a psychiatrist friend who was a best-selling author, a California priest he has never met but whose homilies are a weekly treat on iTunes—and the author’s imaginary PHD from, as he puts it, the School of Important Things You Cannot Learn from Anywhere Else (but on the street). McTevia is also the author of Bankrupt: A Society Living in the Future (1992), with foreword by M. Scott Peck, and The Culture of Debt: How a Once-Proud Society Mortgaged Its Future (2010).

Praise for One-Eyed Kings

“When the airplane is shaking, when the diagnosis is pending, and when the night is full of terrors, we all need a friend to remind us of what is truly essential. Jim McTevia is that friend whose story snaps all your fears into perspective. Read his story, take a deep breath and know that all will be well.” —Father Matt Pennington, Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Community, San Luis Obispo, California.

“As a fellow member of this exclusive (but not exclusive enough) club of victims of inclusion body myositis, Jim McTevia has captured the journey and done so in his witty writing style.”—Jim Mathews, R.Ph., M.S.A., Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, the Myositis Association.

“Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now teaches that ‘living in the NOW’ is the secret to living fully. In One-Eyed Kings, Jim McTevia shares his journey in discovering how vital this really is.”—Mark Walker, Chairman of the Board, Michigan Mutual Inc.


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James V. McTevia, with Tom W. Ferguson
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  1. An inspiring read for all 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Sep 2018

    Jim McTevia has shown great courage in sharing the challenges of navigating an incurable disease. The author’s personal growth is evident throughout his book and every reader will benefit from his life lessons. A worthy and inspirational read!

  2. Quick, meaningful and important read 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Aug 2018

    It is a quick read. However, it contains many of life's most important messages set against an ongoing, true life example of how to face and deal with adversity on a daily if not hourly basis. Seemingly obvious concepts are given new perspective. My 94 year old father-in-law is a former World War II Air force pilot who is struggling and facing numerous challenges. This will be his next book and I will suggest that those caring for him likewise read it. It is an important book.

  3. Just What I Needed To Read 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Aug 2018

    The ideal read to remind us that we are all only human...not super-human! The author reminds us in several experiential episodes what its not the the experiences in our lives that matter but rater how we choose to deal with them.
    Highly recommended!

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