I don’t know why I picked up this book. It’s not the type I would usually choose. It was probably on sale.
It sat on my bookshelf for a while, waiting for it’s turn to be read, as most of my books do. And when I read it, it became a treasure to me . . . one of those books that are profound and change the way you see the world, and hopefully change the way you interact with the world.
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It’s an autobiography but told in such a way that I sometimes felt like I was reading a novel as he shares the stories of his youth. I had to remind myself that these were experiences had actually happened. Hearing the stories of a homeless family from the viewpoint of a child was truly heartbreaking. And seeing that child rise above his circumstances as he journeys toward faith and finds his place as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was inspiring. The only hard part of this book for me was that I found myself wanting to take action, to do something for those who are homeless and want to find their way out of it. I wanted an action plan! And while there isn’t an action plan in the book, there are stories of people who made a difference through their kindness.
This would make for a great read during the holidays, maybe in the lazy days between Christmas and New Years, as you’re deciding where your life will go in the next year, who you’re going to become. It is an enjoyable and easy read that will leave a lasting impression on your heart.