An Award Winning Memoir

Praise & Awards for
Bringing Jon Home

Bringing Jon Home was awarded Silver Finalist in 2011 for inspirational writing by Midwest Publisher’s Association.

Jon’s memoir was also awarded National Finalist, in the memoir category, by The National Indie Excellence Awards

Excellent, compelling story.  Every parent should read—especially fathers.” –Book Review, Midwest Publisher’s Association

A riveting read.” -- Mary Ann Grossmann, Book Reviewer, St. Paul Pioneer Press.  

Foreword by Patty Wetterling

“This is an amazing story of love and commitment honoring the promise that we make to our children.  I’ll always be here for you.  They did it.  They brought Jon home. I wish I had met Jon.  This book allows me to meet him and live my life a little deeper because of knowing him.  Thank you David. “

      Patty Wetterling, Child Safety Advocate, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center.

Praise for Bringing Jon Home

“A father turns the tragedy of losing a loving son on a far-away mountaintop into a story of family, friends, strangers, communities all coming together to search and, ultimately, to embrace each other. This book becomes a reminder that none of us knows what tomorrow brings. But it also reminds us to appreciate the basic goodness around us – and to never forget to hug our kids.” Doug Grow, Author and Writer, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

 “Thank you for sending me your extraordinary book. It is surely a beautifully written account of incredible strength and devotion….  I began reading it at once and could not put it down until finished.  With my thanks and admiration.”   –Margie, Member of Ascension Church, Stillwater, Minnesota.

"Bringing Jon Home is a powerful story about loss, unconditional love and human resilience inside one American family."   Chuck Logan, author of Absolute Zero.

“Your book is beautifully structured and written, each word glowing with sorrow and faith and love, a father's true testament of his son.”  ---The Reverend Dr. Alla Bozarth, Priest and Poet. Author of Life is Goodbye, Life is Hello.

"Bringing Jon Home--a real page-turner, David, you've done a remarkable thing for Jon's legacy by not only capturing his giving, involved life, but offering his story as inspiration for other families. As a dad myself I marvel at your resilience and strength. Your words are driven by the power of your emotion.  I can feel it on every page.”— Kevin Giles, Writer, Minneapolis Star Tribune. 

Sales of Jon’s memoir will benefit the mission of the Jon Francis Foundation and our work on behalf of wilderness safety and missing