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This book is amazing. I loved the three kids (Nancy, Phillip, and Troy) and Robert’s character development was written really well. It’s a book of hope; a great read when you’re feeling a little down. I loved how the author used songs, and it was really great because I recognized most of the songs (if not all.) I also liked the balance between the present, the past, and Robert’s journal. I didn’t find it confusing at all and thought it was written brilliantly. One thing about this book is that there’s a lot of dialogue, which I absolutely loved because books (especially “inspirational” ones like this one) usually have lots of preachy description but this one isn’t like that at all! This is a story, not a self-help book. But I do believe it can help people. I really do.
Overall, if you need a book to read–READ THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!
This book was an interesting read. I originally wanted to read it because of the combination of mountaineering and faith, but it turned out to be so much more. The flipping back & forth between present & past events at first seemed distracting, but it was a very effective way to show how the life-changing events affected Robert’s life and his idea of his value. It made me think more deeply about how we value people, including ourselves. Having someone else who had suffered tragedy, accepted it, and moved on without hiding it share how he had overcome his challenges, thus helping Robert face his new life was a great touch.
I cannot recommend this book enough.
This book was recommended to me a few weeks ago and is now in my list of favorite books ever. I was on an emotional roller coaster the entire time I was reading it. Because I read this incredible book I know that many of the questions and challenges that face us each and every day will be much easier to deal with now having read this. Can I? And I can, will be two small words that will come to mind now each and every day. I look forward to reading another book by Jack Langedijk soon.