About the Book
He pairs his writing with photographs from his childhood, as well as Bible verses and journal excerpts, to reflect on and help make sense of who he was. Also included are striking images from a deeply personal nude photo shoot with photographer Sohan Sam, in which TenBrink relives the condemnation of his past before washing himself clean.
Born Again was created as TenBrink’s grad school thesis project; he had just three months to develop the idea, execute the photo shoot, and write and design the book.
(Note: This book is intended for mature readers.)
Here are excerpted comments from early readers:
"This work is incredibly brave and vulnerable and illuminating.”
“I just finished the book. There's so much honesty, so much wisdom, so much growth, so much everything. No words I offer can contain my admiration. It's amazing.”
“It is riveting. I love it.”
"I absolutely love your writing. You have a way of welcoming and disarming the reader and painting pictures that are alive and accessible.”
“It’s so carefully crafted and powerful.”
“You are resilient and brave and beautiful. I know this project will speak to others, so I hope lots of people have a chance to [read] it.”
“Drove me to tears. Everything on those pages. Everything.”
“Yes, it is possible to be freed from the chains of past experiences, to let them go and move beyond the struggles and hurts and embrace instead a new life. And you've done it.”
“[It] wrapped up so beautifully. I cried repeatedly and [am still] crying as I write this.”
Features & Details
I’m Michael TenBrink, an American writer and photographer. I’m based in northern Italy, after relocating from California in 2022 with my husband and our dog. I’ve been writing and taking pictures for about as long as I can remember. Though my professional life has been mostly spent in a variety of marketing roles, I also worked as a freelance music journalist for a decade. More recently, I completed a master in photography program in Milan. My first book, a mini-memoir entitled "Born Again," is now available for sale through Blurb.