Release Date
November 3rd, 2023

A Memoir By Arman Kaymakcian

In He Calls Me Redeemed, Arman explores his past at the intersection of faith, addiction, abuse, family, culture, and death. He walks the reader through his life, typical in some ways but painted with a unique touch of Armenian culture and the harsh realities of sexual abuse in his drug-rich Jersey Shore community. As a boy, he tries to manage the pain of being sexually abused while stumbling toward manhood. Young Arman looks up to his loving father. His father, however, holds a tragic secret inside. His father’s struggles foreshadow his own path, culminating in gripping drug addiction and crime. The depths of Arman’s addiction and anguish make rock bottom hard to reach. Hopeless and on the verge of suicide, Arman begs to be saved from his pain. It’s at that exact moment the love of God transforms him. What follows is an exploration of self on the other side of pain, which presents its own challenges. Despite his spiritual salvation and redemption, Arman reinforces the imagery of physical scars as he describes more heartbreak. Luckily for the reader, the final message is one of hope as the boy and son become a man and father, flawed and scarred but Redeemed. A hotel on the beach served as a literal home for young Arman. In He Calls Me Redeemed, he takes us through his past via “rooms”, each containing salient memories and insights. The rooms are intimate, each having a look into his soul as he encounters family history, culture, religion, sex, drugs, death, and fatherhood. Arman’s appeal as an author is his ability to lay his naked truth on the pages without condition. He remains accountable throughout, allowing us to read his vividly detailed experiences as they were. He is not seeking redemption from the reader; we can simply take in his powerful story. This book will :- Give readers a powerful reminder of the redemption found in Jesus- Spark readers’ emotions with a gripping tale of faith and hope– Change readers’ lives with an inspiring story of spiritual, physical and emotional healing. This book includes: – A heartfelt account of Arman’s struggles and successes – An exploration of the power of faith in the face of adversity – A reminder of the beauty of redemption and God’s love

About Me

Arman Kaymakcian is an Armenian American author and poet. He was born in New Jersey in the 1980’s. He grew up living between his Italian family on his mother’s side in Long branch and his Armenian family in the historic town of Asbury Park. After a wonderful, loving, and adventure filled childhood, at the age of ten Arman suffered through years of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of someone close to the family. Over the next few years, he struggled to make sense of his adolescence and teenage years, cutting himself and selling and using drugs recreationally. After many incidents and problems throughout his high school years, he dropped out of school. He took on many odd jobs and implemented the skill of carpet installation he learned during his boyhood from his father Manuk, which helped pay the bills on his first apartment in a not so desirable neighborhood of a town called Neptune. In addition to that, he began selling narcotics, and slowly became addicted to prescription pills, cocaine, PCP, ecstasy and then finally heroin. But just when he became suicidal and his life looked completely hopeless, and without remedy, Arman read a chapter of the Bible (Psalm 88) that caused him to fall to his knees in a psychiatric ward of Monmouth Medical Center pleading with Jesus to save his life and forgive him of all of his sin.

Arman was radically transformed that faithful night. In one instant he was freed from years of bondage to heroin and a life of drug dealing and pain from abuse and has returned to school to obtain his high school diploma, taking additional courses at Brookdale Community College. He has been working for a large construction company since 2011, when he first decided to begin brainstorming about writing his debut memoir titled, “He Calls Me Redeemed,” a memoir of childhood sex abuse heroin addiction hope and redemption. Arman now lives quietly with his wife and two sons in the suburbs of New Jersey where he continues to work and attend his local church (Colts Neck Community Church) and is currently writing for future projects including a novella, a children’s book and a poem collection.

"I lay there in agony, attempting to wrap my mind around the desperation. The physical pain was incredible, —my bones on fire, my stomach turning, —but that was nothing compared to the dread in my heart knowing what I’d have to do to stop the hurt. I no longer got high,; that had stopped a long time ago,. I now shot dope for one reason,: to stop the pain of withdrawal."
Excerpt From He calls Me Redeemed
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EXCELLENT rating
Based on 41 reviews
Great story of redemption This was a wonderful book about a life that God never gave up on. I would recommend it to anyone looking for true peace in their life.
Amazon Customer
Amazon Customer
2024-05-23
A Story of Unforgettable Restoration and Redemption! I finished ‘He Calls Me Redeemed’ a week ago and am still impacted by Arman’s transparent transformation! I purchased extra copies to share. That’s how good this memoir is! A reminder that death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Kelly
Kelly
2024-05-22
Powerful testimony of the power of Christ This was one of the most well written books I’ve ever read- the way the author describes things from his life is just so vivid! You feel like you are there- can smell or taste or hear what he is writing. Sometimes you felt it graphically and felt the emotions along with Arman. Raw. Real. Shows the redemption of Jesus clearly yet shows how we as sinful man still struggle even after He’s redeemed us. Shows how Jesus redeems us eternally even when we’ve messed up even after becoming a Christian. Can’t say enough good things about this book- and having grown up half hour away from Asbury park myself and personally knowing two of the pastors in the book and Keswick well- it brought it even more alive for me.
Erin Roneree
Erin Roneree
2024-05-19
Powerful, needed in today’s world I devoured this book. The honesty of his circumstances actually made me cry. I don’t remember the last time I cried while reading a book. Very, very good and powerful story.
Sarah
Sarah
2024-05-05
Powerful. This memoir will leave you with indescribable hope. Whether you’ve been gripped by the stronghold of addiction, suffered abuse or you know someone who has—read this book. My faith has been strengthened by Arman’s testimony, I’m grateful I read it.
David Walsh
David Walsh
2024-05-03
Soul touching book After busy days at work I could not stop reading the book. Story about ups and down, about childhood trauma and much more…
Tigran Abazyan
Tigran Abazyan
2024-04-27
Beautiful Story This book is a wonderful read. Thank you Arman for sharing your story, even the most vulnerable moments with us. Your story helped my relationship with God grow stronger. I am sure it will continue to guide countless others!
Andreas Petrou
Andreas Petrou
2024-04-26
Captivating! This book was truly hard to put down! Great writing! I laughed, I cried, it was all the feels!
dina
dina
2024-04-25
A TRUE and lasting story of Christ’s Redemption! Arman grips the reader with his compelling testimony and a redemption story like no other. He Calls Me Redeemed is a must read!
Marcia M. Serenelli
Marcia M. Serenelli
2024-04-25
Awesome read I’m not an avid reader, but I had a hard time putting this book down. Such an amazing, brave story. The author made it very easy for me to picture what he was writing about in my mind. Worth picking up a copy for sure.
Ed
Ed
2024-04-11

To the Bone: a poem written by Arman Kaymakcian

Published in AGBU magazine

What was the motivation for writing He calls Me Redeemed?

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A few resources to consider:

Contact Keswick colony of mercy at (732) 350 1187 or visit their website

Contact Jersey shore rescue mission at (732) 988 0242 or visit their website

A few encouraging verses from Gods Holy Word.

JEREMIAH 17:14 Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

 JOHN 14:27 Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.

MATTHEW 11:28-29 Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest.

God bless you, and keep you.

-AK

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