“Within about a 96-hour period of time, I got to Vietnam, inhaled my first cigarette, got drunk for the very first time, had my 19th birthday, and shot and killed my first two human beings. I liked all of it.” –Sam
Lost Man Found, Crime, Punishment & Growing a Soul is a story of internal anarchy, external evils, and a hard-won peace.
Sam, a troubled man who has hurt and been hurt, survives to reach redemption with the assistance of steadfast willpower, a bit of luck, and the acceptance of help. Raised in an outwardly normal, inwardly disastrous family in small town Midwest, Sam dodged death in Vietnam, married repeatedly, and served prison time for sex offenses.
Sam’s journey from a life drenched in hate, loneliness, and lies to one centered on kindness, generosity, and spiritual wisdom continues to inspire those who struggle for peace and purpose.
100% of Lost Man Found profits are donated to Sam’s endowment administrated by the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota. Mike Ricci’s hope is to raise an additional $1 million for Sam’s charitable fund which feeds the poor and cares for children. Sam set up his endowment when he unexpectedly inherited money and decided to give it all away in honor of those that loved and cared for him in his most troubled times.
“I’ve led a life of destruction, and I found a path to salvation. Along the way, I realized there is not enough love.” -Sam
Karin Winegar is an award-winning journalist known for her in-depth biographies, vivid newspaper and magazine features, moving editorials, and investigative journalism. Her work has appeared in the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as well as in dozens of publications devoted to a wide range of topics including sailing, horses, travel, and gender equality. Her non-fiction book “SAVED, Rescued Animals and The Lives They Transform” was an Amazon bestseller and features a foreword by Dr. Jane Goodall.
Michael Ricci was a principal with a wealth management firm when he faced the sudden death of a friend and his mother’s Alzheimer’s. Ricci began to ask, “What is it all for?” when he first met Sam for a prospecting meeting. In Sam’s effortless message of love and spirituality, Ricci found a new friend and a greater purpose. Today, Ricci connects professional advisors and individual donors with the joy of making charitable gifts and continues to raise funds for Sam’s endowment.
"What a moving account, unsparingly candid, of a man turning from darkness to light. May Sam's story help those also struggling to know that love and peace are possible, even for the very lost." —Fr. Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward, Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
“What a story! It was compelling from beginning to end. I do think it’s a page turner. And his recovery is powerfully conveyed. It serves as a great example to all of us that lives can be turned around.” —Karen Casey, author of Each Day a New Beginning