Josh Hanagarne is the author of books: The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family, The Knot, The Dreams of John Weaver, Under The Creek, A Face At The Window
An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette's found salvation in books and weight-lifting.
Josh Hanagarne couldn't be invisible if he tried. Although he wouldn't officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Josh was six years old and onstage in a school Thanksgiving play when he first began exhibiting symptoms. By the time he was twenty, the young Mormon had reached his towering adult height of 6'7" when — while serving on a mission for the Church of Latter Day Saints — his Tourette's tics escalated to nightmarish levels.
Determined to conquer his affliction, Josh underwent everything from quack remedies to lethargy-inducing drug regimes to Botox injections that paralyzed his vocal cords and left him voiceless for three years. Undeterred, Josh persevered to marry and earn a degree in Library Science. At last, an eccentric, autistic strongman — and former Air Force Tech Sergeant and guard at an Iraqi prison — taught Josh how to "throttle" his tics into submission through strength-training.
Today, Josh is a librarian in the main branch of Salt Lake City's public library and founder of a popular blog about books and weight lifting—and the proud father of four-year-old Max, who has already started to show his own symptoms of Tourette's.
The World's Strongest Librarian illuminates the mysteries of this little-understood disorder, as well as the very different worlds of strongman training and modern libraries. With humor and candor, this unlikely hero traces his journey to overcome his disability — and navigate his wavering Mormon faith — to find love and create a life worth living.
John Weaver wakes from a three month coma with the ability to see peoples’ dreams, including those of his father, which reveal the mother John never knew.
But the small town of Morgan hosts more sinister dreams than John could have ever imagined. When he discovers who might be responsible for the abduction of five year-old Marion Little, he begins to wish he had never looked at all.
Morgan has a secret — an evil brewing at its core. As he struggles to solve Marion's disappearance, protect the girl he loves, dodge a vicious bully, learn what really happened to his mother, and keep his father safe, John Weaver is about to learn the high price of following his dreams.