ABOUT Ronald Louis Peterson

Ronald Louis Peterson
A TIME TO... is a Library of Congress Honoree and it won an "Award of Excellence" from Deep River Books.

Faith Filled Family Magazine says, "It is the best, most original book I've read in years."

The Anglo-Catholic News Service says, "A TIM More...



Just another day suddenly turned into a devastating tragedy. And, many lives hung in the balance, as Tower One of the World Trade Center came crashing down on 9/11.

One man was taken on a mysterious, spiritual tour of his life, which left him wondering if he were dead or alive.

The pieces of his life came together upon his return to Ground Zero, where surprising events confirmed that love, faith, hope and charity had survived 9/11.

A TIME TO… will make you laugh and cry, as you explore a baby boomer's colorful life. In the end, it will leave you smiling.   

A TIME TO... is a story about Al Masterson, a baby boomer and a risk manager who worked in the World Trade Center on 9/11. As Tower One collapsed on him and his companions, he was taken away on a mysterious guided tour of his life. He revisited his childhood in the '50s when he had a hard time adapting to his New York City home. A teacher had rescued him from a disastrous year so he gave her a special gift; he couldn't imagine how that gift would later impact his life. In the turbulent '60s, he struggled to become a man, but, his attempt to join a street gang led to a terrible loss that would haunt him for years. His life drifted into the '70s until he left New York for Ethiopia where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. While there, he experienced a world full of fascinating people and situations. In the process, his life had purpose once again. Jobs as a broadcast journalist and a public relations executive in the 80's gave him a front row seat to social events that defined the times. But, he learned that high-profile glamorous jobs can be more trouble than they are worth. At the end of his journey, thanks to everything he had experienced on it, he learned that love, faith, hope and charity all survived 9/11 and that his life would never be the same again.

"The best, most original book I've read in years." -Faith Filled Family Magazine.

"A GREAT new spiritual book!" - Anglo-Catholic News Service

Rutherford Card. Johnson says - I have had very little time for discretionary reading these days, so when I not only read a book, but call it a page turner, that ought to say something. That is precisely what I would call A Time To... by Ronald Louis Peterson. The novel claims to be a baby boomer's spiritual journey, and it is just that. But, the message is one that ought to resonate with every man, woman, and child, no matter what their age.

A Time To... tells the story of Al Masterson, a man working in the World Trade Center on that fateful September 11th in 2001. He is trapped in the building, close to death, and is mysteriously taken on a journey of his whole life. It begins when he is a young boy who just moved to New York from Kentucky and continues on through being a Peace Corps volunteer to a media professional. He experiences many ups and downs, and even some personal crises and tragedies. He goes through several tries at self-discovery. As he progresses through his life, he becomes acutely aware of the deeper meaning of everything he experienced. Even those terrible times in his life turned out to be mechanism for spiritual growth that helped to make his life better. Al learns that what seems bad at one particular moment in time may actually have a greater purpose according to God's plan. We cannot hope to understand the vast magnitude of that plan, and thus must go forward in faith. This is the lesson that Al learns.

As the story progresses, Al comes back to the present time, where he is still trapped in the World Trade Center. I will not give away the interesting ending, as that would truly spoil the book. However, suffice it to say that he finds through the spiritual journey he took just what a great, wonderful, and positive impact his life experiences have had, not just on himself, but on those whose lives he has touched in ways he did not even know.

Ronald Louis Peterson drew on his own experience growing up in New York, working as a Peace Corp volunteer in Ethiopia, and as a media and public affairs professional. This gives the book a great deal of realism. Also, the novel is filled with historical facts from the various periods of Al Masterson's life. While some younger readers might not know about all of these events, I do not believe this detracts from the message of the story at all. Whether young or old, and no matter where you are in your own faith journey, A Time To... will speak to your heart.

Midwest Book Review rates it "Five Stars."A TIME TO... is powered by a memoir as Ronald Louis Peterson tells the story of an individual who embraced the second half of the twentieth century and found spirituality and life through it all, before facing the tragedy of 9/11. "A TIME TO..." is a thoughtful read

CatholicFiction.net said, "A TIME TO... is a special look at life and the people God places there to help us as we grow in faith, hope, love and charity. It's an enjoyable book that takes the reader to many unexpected places with many interesting characters."