To Hold the Sun

Description (from iRead Book Tours):

This delightful and engaging story outlines the experiences of a young, poor, and disillusioned reporter who is enticed to do a series of articles about Paul, an unconventional philosopher and motivational speaker. In lieu of payment, he gets to travel to and dive on Roatan, arguably one of the most beautiful, pristine islands in the Caribbean. Through a series of meetings, the reporter gets to know Paul’s innermost philosophies. He learns an alternate way of living from a man who strives to perfect handstands on a dock and practices the art of happiness. 

The author developed the book as a guide to help his children live their lives in a way that would allow them to enjoy the journey. Drawing on wildly diverse disciplines including stoicism, neuroscience, skepticism, behavioral economics, and spirituality; the reader is taken on a journey that exposes the author’s philosophy of life. He demonstrates that happiness is indeed a choice. 

My Thoughts:

I was geniunely interested in reading this book after learning that the author created it for his own children. My son is only two years old now, but as time passes there are so many things I want to teach him about being a happy, well adjusted human being. I started a journal shortly after he was born and continue to write in it every month. I hope one day he will take the time to read it and learn from my words.

I wish to impart many of the lessons cited in this book including, learning to control how you react to situations, asking empowering questions, accepting change, simplifying your life, living without regret, treasuring your health and learning to help others.

I wasn’t particularly wowed by the author’s story, but I did appreciate the underlying themes within it. If you are looking for a quick read that will also help you get a handle on negative emotions and life’s changes this book may be of interest to you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free, but the opinions I have expressed are my own.