As a man of faith and family, Eduardo Calcines knows what the power of love can do in the lives of those who hunger for it with open arms. Calcines was born on October of 1955; in the barrio known as Glorytown in Cienfuegos, Cuba. He was born into a large and loving family whose heart and soul were his maternal Abuelo's [Grandparents.] His childhood was abruptly interrupted by the Castro's Communist Revolution of 1959. As part of an anti-Castro family, Calcines struggled greatly in the first ten years of the Castro regime.
This experience inspired Calcines to share his story and write his first book, the memoir, Leaving Glorytown: One Boy's Struggle Under Castro - Macmillan. At the age of fourteen, Calcines, his father, mother and sister, finally escaped Castro "gulag" for a better life in the United States of America. In 1974, after a 5 year stay in West Allis, Wisconsin, the Calcines family moved south to Tampa, Florida, where he resides with his own family today.
This is Calcine's follow-up book to Leaving Glorytown. His latest work is titled, The Salmon Run; One Man's Journey to Spiritual Freedom. A story of Faith and Forgiveness. This work is presented as a fictional story, because of the sensitivity of the subject matter. As an immigrant, Calcines celebrates his Latino roots, yet he appreciates the immense value of freedom, as a proud and grateful American!
After many years of personal hatred against the Castro regime, it was during the 1998, Tampa Bay Billy Graham Crusade, where Calcines served as a Vice Chairman, that he finally forgave Castro in the Lord, for violating his turbulent childhood.