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From celebrated storyteller "Sean of the South" comes an unforgettable memoir of love, loss, the friction of family memories, and the unlikely hope that you're gonna be alright.

Sean Dietrich was 12 years old when he scattered his father's ashes from the mountain range. His father was a man who lived for baseball, a steel worker with a ready wink, who once scaled a 50-foot tree just to hang a tire swing for his son. He was also the stranger who tried to kidnap and kill Sean's mother before pulling the trigger on himself. He was a childhood hero, now reduced to a man in a box. 

Will the Circle Be Unbroken? is the story of what happens after the unthinkable, and the journey we all must make in finding the courage to stop the cycles of the past from laying claim to our future. 

Sean was a seventh-grade drop-out, a dishwasher then a construction worker to help his mother and sister scrape by, and a self-described "nobody with a sad story behind him." Yet he cannot deny the glimmers of life's goodness even amid its rough edges. Such goodness becomes even harder to deny when Sean meets the love of his life at a fried chicken church potluck, and harder still when his lifelong love of storytelling leads him to stages across the southeast, where he is known and loved as "Sean of the South." 

A story that will stay with you long after you finish listening, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? testifies to the strength that lives within us all to make our peace with the past and look to the future with renewed hope and wonder.

©2020 Sean Dietrich (P)2020 Zondervan

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  • Pam H
  • 12-03-2020

Best I’ve heard in long time!

After 5 years of listening to Audibles, this is the first time I’ve submitted a review. Where are more books like this one? I refused to listen at night in fear I’d miss something. Great author and reader. Thank you Sean of the South.

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  • Eliza
  • 13-03-2020

Heartfelt and fulfilling

Excellent delivery of a story on one mans life, which is a story of so many lives.

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  • Rich Mcadams
  • 12-11-2020

Simply AMAZING!!

Having read the Sean of the South blog for a while, I finally got around to listening to Sean’s performance of this book. I laughed, I cried (REALLY cried), and finished the book in two days. Sean’s writing is just so real... no pretense. Just the simple things in life that really matter. Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m going to get the rest of his books.

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  • L Beasley
  • 09-10-2020

This made my Southern heart smile

Sean, thank you for being so raw, open, honest… And funny! If I didn’t know it was your life, I would definitely think it was fiction! You are indeed a great storyteller and I love the fact that you narrated the book as well… I hate when people try to fake southern accents in narrations! I believe the book is probably more impactful as an audiobook then if you read it… Hearing the tone in your voice and emotions made it even more powerful! Thank you for inviting us on your journey

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  • elvadean
  • 27-08-2020

so much heart

I absolutely loved this book. I've been reading Sean's stories for a while now. This book is his story. I now know where he's coming from...his life, his journey. He is as down home as you could ever want. He's shelling beans on the porch with your grandma. He's shucking hard corn for the cows. He is people at their finest. I am a fan for life.

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  • lisa colding
  • 15-06-2020

Heartbreaking in a beautiful way

Chapter 28 until the end broke my heart then put it back together again. Now I get the title. This must have been therapeutic to write.

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  • Natalie Ruggieri
  • 26-05-2020

Hopeful

Very big fan of Sean from his blog posts to his books. This did not disappoint and loved hearing his life story. He’s a true inspiration and the read left me feeling hopeful and more aware of Herons 😀

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  • COmtnlady
  • 24-04-2020

More wonderful, funny & touching as ever!

We enjoyed hearing Sean’s honest, soothing voice recount the sad, challenging stories of his life with the deepest honesty about the inner turmoils surrounding the loss of his father. His brutal life finds clarity as he rises from self-consciousness to a man admired for his humor and tenderness. As in his daily blogs, he makes us marvel and appreciate the mundane things in life with a keenness like no other. He is a joy to hear and to get a glimpse behind the mind of this gifted man.

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  • Justin Jenkins
  • 02-04-2020

Beautiful honest and uplifting

I can’t recommend this book enough! Poignant without being sappy. Uplifting without being contrived. It feels like sitting on the front porch with Sean of the South while he tells you his story, tenderly and humorously and humbly.

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  • Charles A. Bailey
  • 29-03-2020

A Hard, Beautiful Blessed Life

This memoir echoes so clearly across the life of any decent working-class man Blessed with a strong-willed mother who loved him more than anything or anyone. So often, it is the father who begins a decent, loving person who falters disastrously for everyone in the family. The author captures perfectly all the tragedy and joy of a boy growing into a man, rising from hell to make himself a great writer, speaker and one who made me laugh so many times I can't count them all. This book is an unforgettable gem. Eight big stars!

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