Thoughts on How to Save Your Own Life-15 Lessons on Finding Hope in Unexpected Places
I came across this book at the Coral Gables Public Library while my daughter was auditioning at the Coral Gables Youth Center. The author came to Books and Books in Coral Gables not long ago but I was not able to go. I confess that I did not read this author's first book, How Starbucks Saved my Life but also have wanted to read it. Since I was not able to get the first book, I decided just to dive into the second. As I read the book, I couldn't help but wanting or dreaming about my favourite coffee at Starbucks since the references to the store are common. By the way, my favourite is Soy Chai Tea Latte. Did I enjoy the book or would I recommend it? Well, let's say that this book, I believe is not to be read all at once. I think it's the kind of book that is better read in sips, like "hot coffee". The author wants to share the lessons he has learned the hard way; how by losing everything he had, he was able to find the life that was meant for him. The best way is to read the lessons -chapters-, little by little, so you have time in between to think and analyze how it applies to your own life. I agree with the author about how rewarding it is to serve others. It made me think about that quote from Rumi that states: "Be a lamp, a lifeboat or a ladder". I believe we are here to learn from others and to help athem as well. This book is full of lessons to that effect. On the other hand, the book is quite simplistic. It did move me, aup to a point, and you can relate to the author in some ways but then in some many other ways, it really did not speak to me. Perhaps, because I am not part of that privileged class he talks so much about, although my family knows what it is like to lose everything and have to start all over. If you want a light, warm and inspiring read, then this is your book.
"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are."
This blog was born after talking to my future cuñado (brother-in-law) about "staycations" and not being able to travel as much as I'd like, hence, the "Bookcation blog" was born. The Kiki part is thanks to my sister, who calls me Kiki. I'm a teacher at a Bilingual school and mother of two; a son who loves to read and a daughter who occasionally reads. I always think I could be reading instead of whatever else I am doing at that moment. I love to read, being surrounded by books and people who share this passion. My other passion is visiting and attending author events at my local independent book store, Books and Books in Coral Gables, Florida. Oh! And by the way, gracias, thank you Jim for helping me come up with this creative outlet. I have been enjoying my "staycations" a lot more!