Hugh Elgin grew up living on the gang-infested streets of East Harlem in NYC during the 40's and 50's. He attended a truant school with the late heavy weight-boxing champion, Floyd Patterson. At 15, he spent time in Riker's Island Penitentiary. He was diagnosed bipolar with severe learning disorders. His life wasn't lived in a normal fashion. After many marriages, jobs, and therapists, he met a counselor, the Counselor, who had all the answers. Instead of medication, he prescribed a daily dose of His love and His Holy Spirit, allowing him to live a victorious life. Through Hugh's experiences and words of hard-earned wisdom, you will find practical strategies for overcoming any adversity. "Let the life of Hugh Elgin be a testament to all who deal with the various struggles of life. Anything can be dealt with, even death. He has turned his trauma into a salve for the pains of others. This is the most noble of God's tasks." Stephen Michael Elgin Hugh's Firstborn Hugh Elgin is founder and president of Merry Heart Ministries. For 23 years he has ministered to the incarcerated and homeless He and his wife, Shirley, minister together in Christian music, poetry, and comedy. They entertain for senior citizens groups in churches, nursing homes, and retirement centers. Hugh has authored a joke book, which is unique in that all the jokes are poetized. He couldn't call it a Joke Book, nor could he name it a Poem Book. He did the only logical thing; he titled it Book. Hugh and Shirley currently reside in Kentucky.