Cynic is challenged to build a Home Behind the Sun.
This is a review of the book Home Behind the Sun.
It feels like lately I have been reading books that aren’t the ones I would typically read. I tend to hold a more cynical view on things, so when I picked up a book called Home Behind the Sun: Connect with God in the Brilliance of the Everyday my first thought was “Pass.” But something about the description made me want to pick this book up and read it, despite the fact that I am not one for books the even have some resemblance to self-help products. To my luck and excitement, I would struggle to classify this as a “self-help” book because it is so much more complex and reads more like a narrative than a counseling session.
Timothy Willard and Jason Locy are both capable writers in their own right, but together something (almost) magical happens. Their prose comes to life in a way that connects with the reader and makes him or her believe that the message being presented throughout the text, that the joy and excitement of life happens in daily life and we need to regain that passion for it, is something the authors believe wholeheartedly.
By far, my favorite chapter out of the book was “A Rocket Ship to God.” The way the author weaves together a narrative about imaginative play with his daughter while working an underlying theme about trying to shake a cynical perspective is well written. As being overly cynical is something with which I struggle, I appreciated the chapter.
I recommend Home Behind the Sun for two reasons. The first reason is that the prose writing is almost poetic in its composition; it is evident that the writers put a lot of effort into the text to make it sing. The second reason for recommending the book is that it is one of those rare books that can resonate with the reader and challenge him or her in a way that does not quite seem like a challenge.
I received my copy of the text from the publisher through their BookLook Bloggers program. I was not obligated to write a positive review on the book; the thoughts and opinions expressed are mine.