A Story of Faith Hope and Love

MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love, by Jose N. Harris



In the movie, Forrest Gump, Sally Field says that “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.” To me, MI VIDA is a Latino Forrest Gump story. The major difference is that MI VIDA is based on my true story of growing up in difficult circumstances; joining the military to be a cook only to end up in the Paratroopers, Airborne Rangers and Green Berets; obtaining success, losing it, and then finding out what really matters in life. It’s a story about loss, love, faith, hope and redemption. It is my story about my life.

At around 56 A.D., the apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Christian congregation in Corinth about the importance of faith, hope and love.

In MI VIDA, Jose Harris takes readers along with him though his life's journey, sharing stories about the people, places, successes and failures encountered along the way. On the road to peace and happiness, Harris works to strengthen his faith in God and his hope for the future, as he searches for love.

At the end of the book, you may find yourself asking the same question that Harris asks himself repeatedly throughout his life, " Who Am I?" In reading MI VIDA you might discover the answer to that question, as well as find out what is today's meaning and importance of the three attributes that the apostle Paul wrote about, almost 2000 years ago.

MI VIDA... It is a story of faith, hope and love.



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Born in Detroit, José Harris is a graduate of both the University of California at Irvine and the University of California at Berkeley. He is a former foster child, nurse, social worker, psychologist and academician. During the 1980s he served as a U.S. Army paratrooper, Airborne Ranger and Green Beret in Central America. He currently resides in Anaheim with his imaginary dog, Jackie.

MI VIDA is Mr. Harris's first book.



When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 -Paul, the Apostle

(1 Corinthians 13:11-13)




1. A New Jesus
2. Bad Medicine
3. Ricky
4. Feral Children
5. The Dangers of Smoking
6. Child's Play
7. Enough is Enough
8. Pause!
9. To El Norte, The Exodus
10. Stop!
11. Gifts from My Mother
12. The Last Word
13. 6626 Ralston
14. The Cave


15. All That You Can Be
16. Airborne... All The Way
17. Rangers Lead The Way
18. De Oppreso Liber
19. David (was a Goliath)
20. Not my Queen Esther
21. Heart of Darkness II
22. Miss Costa Rica Meets the He-Man Women Haters Club, Part I
23. Miss Costa Rica Meets the He-Man Women Haters Club, Part II
24. The Prater Incident
25. Miss Costa Rica Meets the He-Man Women Haters Club, Part III
26. Going Home



27. No So Wild a Dream
28. Aliyah and the Law of Return
29. "Control Mastery Theory"
30. Serving Two Masters
31. PTSD... Me?
32. In God's Hands
33. Taking the 5th
34. Serving Jehovah
35. Reunited
36. The Tinky Winky Family
37. Rorschach Justice
38. A Little Drama


39. I Love Mana
40. Good Intentions?
41. Cheap Date
42. Go Raiders!
43. Hold On
44. 1015 Folsom
45. Cite and Release
46. How Embarrassing!!!!
47. The Comadres
48. Tic-Tac-Tequila
49. Never Say Good-Bye


50. A "Gated Island Community?"
51. To the Chapel
52. Valentines Day
53. I Prefer Movies to Television
54. Authentic
55. The Turtle Inside My Head

56. Dream Analysis
57. Out of My Head and Back into Life
58. Creating My Own New Earth
59. Leaving Magic Mountain



For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my release. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.

-Paul, The Apostle

(2 Timothy 4: 6-7) 



I am indebted to my courageous family and friends who went out of their way to help me see the true meaning of faith, hope and love – Dion Giblin and James Moore, Lara Vinnard, Kelsy, Papo, Sorcidia and Natasha, my sisters Marcia and Alice, my nieces Lindzie and Sophie, my nephews Neil ,Ben, and Brian, my cousin Pochita, my brother Jesús , Johnnie and Maribel, Roger, Sandie, Georgie, Jessica, and Valerie, Monica, Danielle and Sandra, Richard D. Prater, my father Bernard Joseph Harris and Lupe, and my mothers Maria Teresa Harris and Ellen.

 Thank you to my brothers who served with me in the 1st Ranger Battalion, Moatengators, Rakassans, Red Devils, 7th and 12th Special Forces Groups.

I would like to thank Felipe Martin Munoz, Ernesto Castro, David Meininger, Saul Grajeda, David O'Brian, Jessie Benitez, Shane Lightel and Dr. Holly Ihle for taking the time to read my initial drafts of this book. Their helpful comments and words of encouragement helped me to think, to remember, and to write down these stories. Also my uncle, Antonio Rodriguez Garcia, for teaching me to write stories and taking the time to read them. Thank you!

Danielle Ysabal, my editor, bless you and thank you for helping me get this out. Your corrections and suggestions were invaluable! Without your advice, encouragement and patience, this book would have never been published. Linda, Connie, Lori, and James, your last minute assistance was invaluable.

Thank you, Xlibris Publishing Company for believing in this project, in particular thank you to Dundrill Jacobs. Laurie Adams and Glenda Lewis!

The works of Antwone Fisher, Dave Peltzer, Eckhart Tolle and Jeannette Walls, not only inspired me, but gave me hope that I too have a story to tell.

Most of all, I would like to thank the great Airborne Ranger in the sky - Jehovah God for allowing me to smile and laugh and cry as I've told these stories to others over the years. And for blessing me with the courage to finally put them down on paper.

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