Books

When asked to define myself my standard reply is that I am a student of life. Said differently, I like to think. This natural curiosity is both my greatest strength and my Achilles Heel. It’s not a choice; it’s an obsession.

This preoccupation with thought is why my passion is writing. Writing brings clarity of thought. Words are, after all, merely symbols used to facilitate the efficiency of communication. If you want to express a thought in the written word you have to have really thought it through.

I have written several books over the years and they are listed below. They cover a wide variety of topics and genres, but all are written in a conversational, easy reading style designed to entertain through thought.

Two of the books were written under the pen name of Avam Hale, an anagram of the names of my two daughters. I wrote under a pen name both because I wanted to pay tribute to my daughters and because I had a day job at the time and I didn’t want anything I wrote to inadvertently be associated with my employer.

In chronological order, they are:

Understanding China: There is Reason for the Difference
Author: Gary Moreau
Genre: Non-Fiction
Published: 2015
Formats: Paperback & Kindle
Summary:

There have been many books written about China explaining its history, its culture, its political and economic systems, and where to go for good dumplings. This book comes at all of it from a different perspective. I essentially explain the why behind the what. Most people know that Chinese and Western culture are very different. But why?

Armed with the answer to that question you can be pro-active in understanding china and anticipating Chinese behavior, whether you are a diplomat formulating Western political strategy toward China, a businessman who wants to be more effective in conducting business here, or simply a tourist who wants to get more out the experience.

Amazon link: Understanding China

The Message?
Author: Avam Hale
Genre: Fictional Novel
Published: 2015
Formats: Paperback & Kindle
Summary:

The idea for this book came to me after reading Dan Brown’s delightful book, The Da Vinci Code. Dan created a delightful story out of the idea that organized religion had been involved in an elaborate historical cover-up. I tried to do the inverse.

What if God is real and he tried to send a very simple, non-controversial, and unifying message through a very unlikely messenger? How would we react? It’s a story about the barriers we set to changing our minds and about the power of social and political momentum.

This is not a religious book. And it has no religious agenda. It does cover a fair amount of historical religious philosophy, however, in order to set the stage for the modern day drama that unfolds.

Amazon Link: The Message?

The Bomb Shelter
Author: Avam Hale
General: Memoir
Published: 2015
Formats: Paperback & Kindle
Summary:

In 1962, at the age of eight, I began to have frequent seizures that sent me crashing to the ground, unable to control a single muscle for several minutes. It was the height of the Cold War and my family lived twenty miles from a Strategic Air Command base that was at the center of the U.S. nuclear deterrent. Which is why the family next door, as did tens of thousands of other American families, built an elaborate bomb shelter intended to protect them in the event of nuclear war with the Soviets.

The book is told through the eyes of my mother and is an exploration of a very interesting time in American history and the pain and uncertainty that grips a family which has a child with a rapidly deteriorating medical condition that could be life-changing for everyone.

Amazon Link: The Bomb Shelter


More than a decade ago, I was deeply involved at the board and consulting level in the issue of corporate governance. It was the time during which the Enron and many other well-known corporate scandals dominated the business headlines.

At the same time I was going through a spiritual pilgrimage of my own. I was a corporate executive with deeply held ethical beliefs that seemed to be challenged by the modern corporate world at every turn. I wrote two books to help me sort it all out.

Both are clearly religious by definition. Neither, however, is written to promote religion or to evangelize for a specific point of view. Both are intended to help bridge the gap between what religion teaches us and how we apply that to the real world we live in without feeling compromised.

Take God to Work
Author: Gary L. Moreau
Publisher: Cowley Publications
Published: 2006
Formats: Paperback & Kindle
Summary:

This book is written for the individual who struggles to reconcile their religious beliefs (in this case, Christianity) with the real world that greets them every Monday morning. The book argues that the two don’t have to be in conflict. We just need to redefine the context of our real lives within the very relevant teachings of the Bible.

Amazon Link: Take God to Work

The Ultimate MBA: Meaningful Biblical Analogies for Business
Author: Gary L. Moreau
Publisher: Augsburg Books
Published: 2004
Formats: Paperback & Kindle
Summary:

This book is similar to Take God to Work but is written more for the business owner or manager. There is less emphasis on the individual and more emphasis on leadership and business strategy. The Bible has a lot to say about how to run a successful business or department. You just have to put it in context.

Amazon Link: The Ultimate MBA