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After an Eden's upbringing in Eastern Pennsylvania, 12-year-old Tom Zuniga's world suddenly gave root to an alien existence of struggle. Initiated by an 800-mile move from the only home he'd ever known, he started warring in unforeseen ways: isolation at a Southern Baptist church and bullying at a Christian high school, all the while fiercely determined to conceal sexual secrets spanning his entire childhood. It wasn't until after college, with a fresh start in a new state and two pivotal summer excursions, that a foreign thread of redemption started spinning among the struggle.

Struggle Central tells the quarter-life quest of an introverted Christian's desperate cross-country search for purpose and belonging both inside the Church and out. Brimming with tears of heartache and euphoria alike, Zuniga's candid collection of messy memoirs follows life's arduous journey through endless valleys and perilous climbs, reveling in the breathtaking peaks to be discovered along the way.

©2013 Thomas Mark Zuniga (P)2015 Thomas Mark Zuniga

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Having taught TMZ, this is accurate & honest.

After Tom's book being out several years, I switched to the Audible version and listened as he narrated his story; it has aged well in these brief years. While as a minister and as one of his high school teachers I wince at not being more available to him during those years, I'm pleased with the growth he's made (as related to that point in time), as well as his continuing growth. His questions can be both incisive and insightful (one of his apparently straightforward recent questions to me resulted in my three-day composition of a 2000 word text message reply).
Tom - with his books, his blog, and his personal relationships - has helped many, and I'm proud of him. He writes well and maintains a rare (and wry) transparency and openness that make him immediately accessible/relatable - especially when telling his own story via Audible. Well done, Couchsurfing lad.

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A Must Read/Listen!

This book is packed to the brim of raw passion and struggle of Tom. I could say so much but go ahead and give it a try, you won't regret it.

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Wonderful first book.

Thomas has captured well the heart of being a boy through adulthood of one who struggles with identity both as a person and a man with same-sex attraction. His story identities how God can take a person to places they never imagined through a course of healing when trust in Him is central. I encourage you to read what Thomas has experienced in his lifetime because it will inspire compassion for other strugglers and educate you about how to struggle well.