MEET JOE JARED
I grew up in the green country of
Oklahoma enjoying the outdoors – fishing, canoeing,
swimming, hiking, collecting fossils, and having Tom
Sawyer episodes with boyhood friends.
In the U.S. Army infantry I
served in the Demilitarized Zone of South Korea, in West
Germany, and in Viet Nam. During combat operations in Viet
Nam I became a staff sergeant.
Beginning at age 15 I spent about
ten rebellious years as an atheist. That unhappy decade
ended when I found a new beginning through a personal
relationship with God in the person of Jesus Christ. After
that, everything became different.
After my military days, I met
Cathy Gallahar, changed her last name to Jared, and
enjoyed the blessing of a stable marriage, children, and
now grandchildren. Grandpa Joe is my current title. I am
now retired from decades of public service with the State
One of my greatest joys in life
is the creative act of writing prose and poetry. The
common thread in all my works is the desire to express
truth and beauty in literature. I believe that the truth
about ultimate issues is not just a personal value, but an
objective reality. It is knowable. I have had five books
published before the one on this website – The Ransom
of the Rune Writer, The Spirit Quest of the Thunder Clan,
Alive Forevermore, Devotions for Warriors, and
Devotions for Patriots.
The first two of the books listed above are historical
novels. The last two are historical devotional books,
co-written with my friend, Mike Fisher. The other is a
paraphrase of the Bible’s Book of Revelation into