Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Book to Savor – and Read More than Once

Life is full of small and large moments many of the most important with our children, parents, and grandparents. Wilson asks us to savor these moments. We are here to love and be loved. Death looms, but after a well lived life it should pose no threat. If there were no end, life would lose much of it's sweetness.

This book is filled with wonderful moments: carrying Fatty, his two-year-old son with a penchant for throwing up at inconvenient moments, across Europe; recording the stories of the grandfather, an Air force pilot who flew in WWII; and driving in the snow over a mountain pass at night. Life is meant to be lived.

Life is a story, is the theme of Wilson's book, and he illustrates it through stories of his own life and those of his parents and grandparents. Stories have beginnings, middles and endings. Instead of looking ahead to the end with dread, he challenges us to embrace our own stories, look at our many blessings and most of all live.

I highly recommend this book. Whether you're a Christian or not, this book speaks to the human condition: the love we have for our families, the joys we share. Don't plan to read this book and put it away on a shelf. It asks to be read more than once and savored.

I reviewed this book for Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze.