497 Nails

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Garrett L. Turke is a retired Ph.D. clinical psychologist who has been a father, care giver, and healing professional for over 3 decades. Originally from Los Angeles, California, he has a lifelong interest in anthropology. He has traveled the world extensively, including multiple trips to West Africa, the Mediterranean, and eastern Asia.
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My Books

My primary goal when writing, whether it’s a book, song, or poetry, is to infuse the passion of my experiences into words in such a way that my readers can not only feel the experience, but go on the journey with me. I want readers to hopefully draw from their own lives and find inspiration along the way. I believe it is through writing, music, and the arts that we not only find compassion, but a common voice that binds us as sentient human beings.


I would love to hear from anyone touched by my writing. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my experience, because we are all in this together, regardless of who we are or where we come from. I would welcome your response!
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"When we remember those loved ones who traveled by our sides through life’s journeys let us not say we are saddened that they left us behind. But rather, let us rejoice with gratitude that they once were with us." —traditional Russian saying
What they say about us

“This book is alternately interesting, thoughtful, important, and touching. At times it scared me, made me laugh, had me reminiscing about my own family, and learning things I had never known. Garrett has really achieved a lot, putting the reader inside his head.”
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George Kitson—Hollywood Screenwriter

“I started reading 497 Nails to give my opinion, but suddenly I became absorbed in it. Before I knew it, I had finished reading it. Without a doubt, this book was really good for me, in a way it was my story as well, as I had to deal with care giving for my mother.”
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Gerard Mauzé, Jr.—Juvenile Justice Consultant

“I just want to thank you for sharing your wonderful book. It is magical, and brought tears to my eyes from the very first chapters. I am sharing excerpts from your book with my patients to help them heal. The world is eagerly awaiting the release of 497 Nails.”
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Elois J. Sims—Psychotherapist

“Readers will find There’s a Window to Heaven powerful and gripping as Dr. Garrett Turke shares his life-altering journey, which challenges his own belief system and his sanity as he sits at his dying father’s bedside. It is an absolute must read for any and all who have experienced the guilt and pain of caring for a loved one in the final stages of their life. If you want to heal, read this book. If want to help others heal, share this book.”

Debi Lang—Producer/Director

“I absolutely love this book and am telling everyone I know to purchase it.  There’s a Window to Heaven is an uplifting, true story that will leave the reader spellbound and feeling reassured that there is a life hereafter. Dr. Turke has sensitively shown us a passageway that transcends whatever religion or spiritual orientations one may have, and provides hope that we can all unite in this awareness. A must read, There’s a Window to Heaven is destined to be a best seller!”

Twesige Jackson Kaguri—Author

“Whether you believe in God or not is irrelevant when reading There’s a Window to Heaven. Its essence is love and every page strikes at the readers heart. Garrett composes a symphony of beauty, detailing the strength of human beings. Garrett also shines light on what it means to be human: love, our sense for community and belonging, and contemplating our existence and the existence of God.

Jordan C. Horan—Psychologist, Educator, and Musician