Author, leadership consultant, motivation
Books that can change hearts and consulting that can change minds!
Books that can change hearts and consulting that can change minds!
I personally know what it means to cherish life. On July 3, 1998, at age 41, I had a massive heart attack that reminded me of how very fragile life can be. From that time forward, I’ve made a deliberate choice to never take life for granted again. Life. I cherish it.
I have come to learn that the pathway of happiness is a journey that is not only a “good idea,” but it’s God’s best idea for you. But therein lies the challenge: how does one get there . . . and remain there? We must make a choice.
The experience of life is filled with daily choices that will lead to distinctive paths. But in making the best choices and taking the best paths, what are the best options that are available, to you, the reader? I’ve come to believe that experience is not the best way forward to success. I believe guided experience is the most effective way. Fortunately, Dr. Patrick Hunt is that guide. His compass is the Scriptures of the Bible. Jesus, the Light of the world, pierces even the darkest path. “Pat” has laid out a clear course of action as he invites the reader not to only hear about the pathway of happiness, but he shows you how it is possible to make the right choice that will lead you there.
“The Pathway of Happiness: Cherish Life and Live Nobly” is a treasured guidebook that is equally thought provoking and practical as well. Doctor Hunt has placed his focus on two essential keys to have the best experience on the pathway of happiness. In his own words,
I believe life must be cherished and lived nobly. When we do these two things, we walk on the pathway of happiness. It is my sincere hope that this book will help you find that pathway for your life.
Pat has done his fine work by carefully writing this book so that it will encourage you. Now, it’s time for you to get to work and begin to put into practice these timeless principles as you learn what it’s like to live on the pathway of happiness.
Denny Bates, DMin (Leadership)
Writer, Quality Life Coach, Story Coach
This book is meant to provide hope -- not just temporary hope. It is intended to provide a life-sustaining hope. This is desperately needed for our time. It is required because the great tragedy in our time is that countless people are taking their lives and/or others’ lives. While many lives are lost because of mental illness, alarming numbers perish because they simply lost hope. This hopelessness, particularly in the young, may come from factors such as bullying, abuse, violent rage, loneliness, emptiness, hedonism, drugs, family neglect, disease, economic difficulties, or unfulfilled expectations. Moreover, we now have the overwhelming stresses associated with covid- 19.
Dr. Patrick Hunt grew up in North Carolina where his mother's family had lived for over 200 years. In contrast, his father was second-generation Irish from New York. His father worked in the heating and air-conditioning industry. He was a purple-heart veteran of World War II. His mother was a school teacher and a homemaker. She loved to tell stories as well as write poems and essays. His family owned a farm which was only 2 miles from his grandparents’ farm. The farms had animals, fields, and woodlands along with springs, streams, and ponds. It was there that he, his sister, and many relatives played and worked. It was from his family and their Presbyterian Church that his character, imagination, and dreams were formed. The community of his childhood was also the community of his wife. They have been soulmates on this journey of life for over 50 years.
Dr. Hunt started his education with a bachelor degree from Clemson University. He then received his PhD from the University of Florida. The faculties of both these prestigious universities greatly affected the professional skills and philosophies of Dr. Hunt. After receiving his PhD, he served a tour in the U.S. Army. At the time of his discharge, he was a captain. He holds in highest regard the men and women with whom he served.
He has a great love for research and development. He was blessed to work this first five years of his career at the huge research and development center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers –the Waterways Experiment Station. After this assignment, he transferred to the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. He became the Research Leader and Director of the Coastal Plains Soil, Water, and Plant Research Center. He held this position for 37 years. He along with the scientists and engineers of the center maintained a highly productive and impactful research program. They interacted with scientists and leaders across the USA and the world. He is best known for his research on waste management, red colored mulch, and water quality.
Throughout his career his wife and family were always a priority. He and his wife were involved in their children’s activities, dreams, and character development. They are similarly involved in the lives of their grandchildren.
Dr. Hunt is now involved in the exhortation and encouragement of both the young and old. He writes and speaks about the principles of productive and fulfilled lives. Additionally, he writes Christian books and tracts that are applicable to both teenagers and adults. He also writes children’s stories that teach children to cherish life and live nobly. He is hopeful that the materials on this website along with his books will be both comforting and inspirational.
This book is meant to exhort children to cherish life in both the good and bad times of life. It is a story of how a puppy loses her good friend the pony and becomes very despondent.
She even considers jumping in the big river and going over the waterfall. Fortunately, a kind and wise old owl helps her regain life-sustaining hope. She is also befriended by an elderly Clydesdale horse. In time, the puppy regains joy in her life.
The story ends when she is an old dog reflecting on her wonderful life and the value of
cherishing life each and every day.
Dr. Patrick Hunt is a Veteran of the US Army – a Captain. He retired after a forty-year career as an agricultural scientist. There he published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is a Fellow of four scientific societies.
While Pat is an avid golfer, his greatest joy is being a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. The children in his life have enjoyed his imaginative stories. Now Pat’s stories can enrich the lives of your children.
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