Glen has written many books over the years, ranging from children’s adventures to thoughts on foreign aid, citizenship and liberalism. The following are available on Amazon.com. Just click on the respective title to be directed to Amazon’s listing.
London, Ontario is a city in transition and no choices seem easy. One thing is certain: cobbling things together in a traditional fashion is no longer sufficient for the global, national and local challenges confronting us. A Place For Us considers our present challenges and how we might face them through a unified exercise of bringing politics and citizenship together. A bound copy of the book can be purchased through Amazon.com here, or you can download it as an eBook or as an audio book free of charge below.
The Parallel Parliament Blog Posts 2011 This blog series deals with the before, during and after consequences of the May 2011 federal election. It includes behind the scenes happenings in Parliament, as well as developments in Sudan and personal stories of the family. The book asks whether government should continue in their movement farther away from communities. If so, then only citizenship itself, reborn and revitalized, can resort Canada’s greatness. The need for government to work more effectively with communities is the only hope for keeping democracy able to adapt to the significant international challenges Canada faces.
A Path Between Two Mothers In the midst of Africa’s longest running civil war a young girl’s story emerged that provided new hope to the people of Sudan and those around the world seeking to help the beleaguered nation. Following the loss of her mother, Abuk had to learn to live with the constant hunger and disease as she and her people sought to overcome the tragedies of war. Unknown to her, from across the seas an effort was underway to seek her rescue from what seemed like a hopeless fate. This book tells the story of how the remarkable people of south Sudan struggled to keep Abuk’s hopes alive. Through grief, loss, hunger, sickness and endless wandering, Abuk came to discover a new sense optimism in the midst of trial. It is a story of inner growth, a remarkable maturity, and the will to live despite a pain that seemed endless. The book is dedicated to her Sudanese mother who gave her all so that Abuk might have this remarkable tale to tell.
Notes on Citizenship The continued ineffective practices of governments and the rampant sense of materialism and isolation fostered by free enterprise have left today’s citizen caught in the middle between power and an increasingly distant economic prosperity. Citizens have been robbed of the internal vitality to challenge the prevailing forces of partisan politics and unhindered capitalism and carving out an effective “public space.” Notes on Citizenship lays out the philosophical framework of how citizens have permitted themselves to become distracted from seeking the common good and how they might bring together all their individual efforts to introduce new life to the present political landscape.
Notes on Liberalism There are dark and looming clouds on our horizon. The last few years have witnessed the increase in battling communities, massive deficits, too many corporate meltdowns, a loss of place in the world, and the introduction of a culture of brutality in our political life. These can’t be merely wished away. Taken together, they are slowly bringing Canada to the inevitability of authoritarianism. In light of its impressive ability to break down walls of such repression, liberalism is required again today as much as it was in the time of kings. This will never occur if we remain indifferent to our slide to despotism, nor can we discover a new future if we remain sentimental. The question is: are those liberally minded folk from all parties and from all walks of life capable of bringing themselves together for the cause of freedom and self-liberation and empowerment once more. This book studies that possibility.
For All the Right Reasons Unfettered by incessant political manipulation and focused on its mandate of assisting the poorest of the poor, a reinvigorated Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) could play its own important role in helping to resort Canada’s image in the world. CIDA still awaits the kind of political leadership that can resource and protect it in order to reach its full potential. This book is about how to do that. A new dynamic CIDA should be present to remind all power brokers that the ultimate aim of any development or aid project is to life its recipients from the deep clutches of poverty. For All the Right Reasons is a clarion call to combine political leadership with the remarkable skills and innovations presently occurring in Canada’s NGO, university, and business sectors to forge a new era for Canada’s influence around the globe. The people of Canada deserve an official development arm that trusts in their interests and commitment to a better world.
Foreign Aid and the African Dilemma In a time when foreign aid to Africa has been questioned as never before, this book discusses why the challenges and potential of that continent speak more about the West’s inability to comprehend it than the seemingly intractable problems it presents. As official government aid to Africa continues to decline, thousands of non-governmental organizations have flourished on the African continent and undertake remarkable work. But it will never be enough until the international governing structure takes up the challenge of long-term development, the full establishment of women’s rights, and the building of an economic infrastructure that will assist African countries in taking their rightful place in the world economy. It is time to increase our generosity in equal measure to the capacity of the African spirit and potential to overcome and prevail against incredible odds.
A Land of Designs This book tells the story of a remarkable woman whose entire life has been turned upside down through decisions made by her own government and those of developed nations and international institutions attempting to sincerely deal with the Darfur crisis. Her narrative speaks more to our misunderstanding of the Darfur conflict than any kind of policy document. This is a true story resulting from an interview Glen held with a woman who traveled through all of Darfur and into south Sudan where she sought security for her children. Her effect on the author has been long-lasting and led to even further effort to attempt to assist the 100,000 Darfur refugees who had trudged into the region where Glen and his wife have been undertaking development project for over a decade. The woman’s haunting story serves as an effective reminder of how we can ensure that development and human rights must reflect the challenges of the region and not just our own Western understanding.
In The Works – Three new books are almost done. Journeys (fiction) – a dying Canadian diplomat and his estranged daughter discover deeper philosophical understanding and a renewed relationship as they tour the famous monuments of Washington D.C. Peace By Another Means – A historical review of how the modern peace movements came to be by considering the activities of religious peacemakers, Gandhi, and other modern alternatives as they search for an alternative to military intervention. Dualities (fiction) – A Chinese billionaire and a southern Sudanese women embark on two separate journeys that ultimately reflect the direction of the world’s institutions and the eventual triumph of courage over opulence.