I found this book in the free bin at 2nd and Charles. The title intrigued me, so I decided to read it.
The premise of the book can be summed up in this one quote,
“Right now, in this moment, without moving from where you are, you can find ample evidence to prove your life is miserable, depressing, and a terrible burden, or you can find evidence to prove your life is an abundant, joyful, exciting adventure.”
The book contains information on how to change you perspective and on how to deal with difficult situations. It was an interesting read and I am glad I gave it a chance.
The most interesting chapter in this book was about the role of woman in the Civil War.
Women in the North had a history of participating in social and political activities. They were also more likely to be educated and allowed freedoms women in the South were denied.
In the South, women were subservient to men. They were seen as beings that needed to be controlled. They were less educated and had no experience with social or political activism.
During the war, Northern women worked in hospitals and with their help soldiers were less likely to die from infections. They also prepared food and delivered it to the soldiers. The aid given by women in the North played a role in the Armies ability to fight and win the war.
The Kindle version of this story is available free on Amazon.
The main character, Wanda Wollow, dreams of have adventures and traveling when she is older. She thinks her parents and grandparents are boring and have never done anything interesting in their lives.
One day, Wanda comes across a journal in her attic and begins to read it. She is austonded by all the things her family did in the past. She quickly learns her parents and grandparents had amazing adventures in their youth and learns the importance of knowing her family history.
The government and a soda manufacturer team up to create a drug that will make people passive and agreeable. The drug is believed to be a cure all for societies problems.
However, the drug has a major side-effect. If used excessively, people become sick and turn into zombies. Also, anyone that has traces of the drug in their system will turn into a zombie upon their death.
This is an excellent book. It’s entertaining, as well as thought provoking. The characters are relatable and it’s easy to feel wrapped up in their stories.
This is an okay book. The advice is simplistic and some sections could use more detail on how to apply the information.
Here are a few examples:
- Talk less and observe more
- Prepare for life
- Ask for help
- Kindness goes a long way
- Love yourself
- Be flexible
The main characters in the book are a young boy that was abducted by a schizophrenic man who believes he is saving his dead brother, a stressed out cop with major family problems that is trying to locate the boy, and a woman on the run from the law, due to a felony warrant, that manages to become a hero.
The story is sad at times and will leave you despairing humanity. However, the triumphant ending will most certainly lift your spirt. The book is engaging and an excellent read.
Amazon has Advanced Wilderness Navigation by Jack Perry available as an ebook for free. Before reading this book, you will need know how to use a compass and read a topographical map.
The book is short and to the point. However, it is full of useful information. It is easy to read and easy to understand.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys hiking, camping, or other wilderness activities.