Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A book that changed the course of a year for me.

I Heard The Owl Call My Name, is a book that changed a whole year of my life. 2002 was not my best year, in fact parts of 2002 very nearly was the death of me. Not a literal death, but a death of the sprite of me. The hope and love and joy that is very much who I am.

A very wise man I knew at the time told me to read this book. And for a very long time I did not get around to it. Then one day at a book store there it was. One copy of a book I had been told I would have to get ordered.

Aha, I am stubborn and I can be dumb, but I know when life is trying to tell me something so I got the book and started to read it on the bus, I got off the bus and read while I walked and got home and read and finished in about 3 hours.

Every single thing that had been wrong 3 hours before can into focus and was forgotten. The anger and the pain and the hopelessness was put aside by one line in a very small book.

Page 138 "In his tiny house the teacher heard the running footfalls on the path to the river bank, and he went quickly to the door and could not open it. To join the others was to care, and to care was to live and to suffer."

Now that line may not change your life, but maybe you will find one line or an idea or a person in this book that could change you, uplift you and make your day better.

And that is what writing should be about. This book is only 133 pages long, how I wish I could write one book of that few pages and hope that is could be that powerful. Instead I am happy to write about books and movies that help me, change me, uplift me and hope that I can share that power to others.

1 comment:

little Jo said...

was the man Wayne?