I Have Lived

by Douglas J. Lanzo

Genres: Fiction, Suspense

ISBN: 9781649604071

144 pages

Price: $12.99

Brian Johnson and Beth McKenzie have selflessly dedicated their lives in service to God, country, and fellow man. As their storybook wedding day unfolds, events from the past resurface and threaten to shake the future they’ve waited so long to share.
From the neighborhoods of historic Maryland to the mountains of war-torn Afghanistan, Brian and Beth’s story reveals the essence of living and trusting in God’s purpose for our lives during the most trying of times.


I Have Lived is a remarkable, breathtaking novella filled with romance and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat, hoping it will never end—one of the best novellas ever.”
—Gregory M. Pacific,
Retired school teacher, counselor, supervisor,
and scholarship and academic director

“Doug has truly awakened his inner author and placed it on full display with I Have Lived! Punching well above its weight class, his novella draws you in as it weaves across continents, combining finely researched details with larger-than-life characters from Africa to Afghanistan, while its main character stays grounded by a love that is as deep as it is strong. Anyone who has been tested—or knows others who have—will find something sweet and meaningful in I Have Lived!”
—Mike Doniger,
Former decorated U.S. Navy Submarine Officer,
COO and Founder of Chaberton Energy

I Have Lived is an excellent romance novella that keeps the pages turning with effective use of flashbacks. Extremely well written and well researched, I felt like I received a genuine insider peek into the sacrifices and brotherhood of armed forces as well as the culture and traditions of the Maasai people. I would highly recommend this book.”
—Darwin Olympia
Managing Director, Shields & Company

I Have Lived presents an exceptional story that carries the reader through one man’s journey of discovery, through courage, honor, sacrifice, hope, friendship, and romance, to God’s unfailing love. From the close, intimate relationships borne in combat, to the touching bond between divergent souls met in the wilds of Africa, to the love of a special, faith-driven woman, this novella covers all the bases. It is a story about the deepest kind of injuries, and the greatest of all cures: the love of family and friends, and God’s amazing grace. The story is compelling, with striking visuals, a unique depth of character, and a firm, unfailing commitment to Faith. The author has dug deep to create this remarkable novella and I recommend it wholeheartedly.”
—Dave Pratt
Author of the Home Team series
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army

“A compelling and inspirational story of true heroes. Doug Lanzo does an extraordinary job of portraying the dedication, courage, and passion of the post-9-11 American veteran and of the spouses and partners who love them.”
— E.G. Matthews
Combat Army Veteran, Afghanistan and Iraq


An award-winning and inspirational author featured in WestWard Quarterly’s Winter 2021 issue and published in three of Vita Brevis Press’ bestselling poetry anthologies in 2021 and 2022 as well as in Cafe Haiku’s Fifth Poetry Anthology sharing my solitude, since 2020 Douglas’ poetry has found homes in fifty literary publications across the U.S., Canada, England, Wales, Austria, Mauritius, India, Japan, Australia, and The Caribbean. A graduate of Harvard College and Law School, where Douglas enjoyed writing editorials for The Harvard Crimson and articles for various other campus publications, he has published professional legal articles throughout his career. A General Counsel by day and writer by night, Douglas resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife and thirteen-year-old identical twin boys, fellow internationally published poets, enjoying nature, traveling, biking, tennis, and chess.