by Michael D. O’Brien
So I have fallen into a pattern with my book reviews of beginning by sharing the publisher’s product description first and then sharing my thoughts or summary of the book afterward. I feel like I should break from that pattern for this one. I will include it below if you want to read it here.
This book is of a different style than many that I have typically read. My wife had it recommended to her and I got to experience watching her read it. She was completely enthralled with the book (read her review here: K. Liz Barker). To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would feel the same way but I decided to read it anyway.
The book is simply one man’s life story. Born in the mountains of Croatia this book takes you soaring into the heights and will absolutely devastate you at other moments.
We are born, we eat, and learn, and die. We leave a tracery of messages in the lives of others, a little shifting of the soil, a stone moved from here to there, a word uttered, a song, a poem left behind. I was here, each of these declare. I was here.
It will open your eyes to the joys of incredibly rich and vibrant culture and it will also open your eyes to the horrors that were committed by the people in that same culture.
“A man suffers injustice. He resents it, and his resentment grows and grows and becomes anger. Anger, if it is fed, then becomes hatred. Hatred, if fed, opens the soul to evil spirits. And when they possess a man, he becomes capable of any atrocity. Afterward, he will not know how or why he became like that.”
The author of this book not only intends to open your eyes to the richness and meaning that this life has – but in the end – he opens your eyes to the richness and meaning that this life has because of the ultimate reality of the One who made us and made this world and is actively at work in this world.
Seldom have I encountered the few who are awake, who cast their gaze to the real foundations, which, as human beings should know, are above.
I don’t even know what more to say. The book is extremely well written. It is quite long (800+) yet can be a surprisingly quick read, if you become as rapt as I did. As you read you will be caused to think. This is a very good thing indeed.
Here is the author’s page for the book: http://bit.ly/qUjmGV
Here is an interview the author gave regarding the book: http://bit.ly/qzS1To