In To Hold the Sun by Chas Watkins, we meet a young reporter on assignment on the beautiful Caribbean island of Roatan. He is there to interview a gentleman named Paul. Neither man realizes what they commit to when they say ‘yes’ to each other. It is a ‘yes’ that changes both of their lives for the better.
This book is different from any other that I have ever read because I was able to come away with Paul’s message without having to read his book in a traditional manner. Each chapter is designed to be a life lesson for the author’s children – sometimes the lesson may be one we might not want to hear but it certainly applies to the situation at hand. The author employees a variety of disciplines, from stoicism to behavioral economics to make his point. This helps to support his overall philosophy of life.
Throughout the book, he shares words of wisdom so the reader can remember why they are here on earth. He helps point out that the journey can be just as great or even better than our final destination. Watkins reminds readers to be thankful for what we have, our surroundings, the Earth and loved ones who make the journey worth it.
It is rare for an author to take the time Watkins has taken to create this lasting gift for his children. A bonus for readers of this book are the pictures from the animals to the ocean and vegetation. It makes me want to drop what I’m doing and plan my Caribbean vacation, stat.
Annie Hicks is a native Oregonian, originally from Baker City, who left for college and earned a BA in Political Science degree from Saint Martin’s University, in Lacey, WA. GO SAINTS!! After college, she became a CNA and worked various jobs but found her calling in community behavior mental health. While not at work, she volunteers her time with both SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) and Wordstock, enjoying a local book club, and helping out with her local church. Also, she's a card carrying member of three different libraries. She usually has her nose in at least two different books at a time with many more awaiting her eyes. She mostly enjoys fiction, but does enjoy non-fiction and biographies. She loves checking out the local book scene. And now she calls Salem home.
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