By Jen Bakken
Mothers know their children well, and from the time her son was a young boy, Delano’s Kathy Jopp knew her son had his own way of thinking.
With a great imagination and a bit of a stubborn streak, Brian Jopp has always been an independent thinker.
“As a boy,” said Kathy Jopp, “he was just as he is now, a free thinker who does things his way.”
This is why Kathy wasn’t too surprised when her son enlisted in the service, and his insightful travels through existence can be found in “Reconciled in Iraq,” the book he wrote and published in 2007.
Leaving his wife, Marnie, and their two daughters, Annika and Ava, behind was a difficult thing for Brian, but it also created positive changes in his way of thinking and his entire life.
When he was deployed, his youngest daughter, Ava, was only 17 days old.
Marnie made sure their daughters looked at pictures of Brian, and that he remained a familiar face.
Once he returned, he wasn’t a stranger to them, and Ava even put her arms out to embrace him.
It was in Iraq, in the middle of war, that Brian began to question his life and belief systems.
He wrote “Reconciled in Iraq” to encourage others to find their own truth. In the book, he shares his experiences, thoughts and ideas about human beings, life, fate, and destiny while attempting to inspire independent thinking and free will.
“I’m trying to open minds,” said Brian Jopp. “That is my goal. It’s not about selling books to me.”
The book is arranged in five parts; discovery, perimeters, free will and destiny, choosing a better life using free will, and live for bliss, live for free.
While Brian is in Mosul, Iraq, readers follow Brian in his strange and bizarre journeys.
Based upon his experiences, observations, and paranormal activities, he diagrams and creates a way to understand the complexities of humanity.
He illustrates the importance of free will by using logic and his own philosophy, “psycho-philosophy 43.”
While the book is very descriptive and of a collegiate level, Jopp’s message is clear and thought-provoking.
“I hope through objectivity and free will others will not seek material things,” Jopp said. “Appreciate everything, open their minds, and do positive things for others.”
Currently Brian lives in Horizon City, Texas, with his wife and daughters, and Kathy couldn’t be more proud of her son.
“He’s a strong believer in taking care of others,” she said. “For Father’s Day, he supported a child in honor of his dad, Robert. Brian is a good father, believes what comes around, goes around and isn’t a bragger.”
Brian grew up in Delano, graduated from Delano High School in 1989, and it was after stints as a construction worker, secondary English teacher, inventor, and business owner that he decided to do something he had thought of doing his whole life joining the service.
“Reconciled in Iraq” is available in bookstores, and you can find more information on the web site, www.brianjopp.com.
The web site is helpful in understanding the book and includes notes, a synopsis, and comments from readers.