Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When Your Life Is On Fire, What Would You Save? Book Review

I have a very thought provoking book to share with you today called When Your Life Is On Fire, What Would You Save? written by Erik Kolbell.
"In When Your Life Is On Fire Erik Kolbell listens, provokes, and most of all, shares with us the enduring lessons and insights of life and faith as realized by a diverse population of thoughtful people. It's a town hall of the soul." -- Tom BrokawIf your life was on fire, what would be the one thing you save? 
Psychotherapist and pastor Erik Kolbell asks that question of 13 remarkable and unique individuals. The answers, provided by celebrities such as Jane Pauley and Alan Alda, artists such as Regina Carter and Tao Porchon Lynch, and ordinary people put into extraordinary situations like Don Lange and Brenda Berkman, will help all of us consider what it is that we value most in life. 
His goal, Kolbell says, is not to examine the worth of each of these things. "What matters is that for all of the sham and artifice that can make cynics of us all, there are things, solid things, that compel us onward.
This is a soul searching book to help you see and understand what is most important to you and how you feel about the life you are leading. Or at least, that is what I took away from the book. You might have a different perspective, which is okay, it's not a One Size Fits All kind of book. It's meant for you to delve into your mind and see what's there and only you really know that.
I liked that he asked 13 different kinds of people what they would save and their answers were as varied as you can imagine, which I like because I would hate to think that everyone would say the same thing. How boring would that be? Because we are unique unto ourselves, we will all have different degree's of answers to this question and that is as it should be.
I hope you take the time to read this book and answer the question for yourself, just to get an idea of where you are in life. It will definitely give you food for thought and hopefully something unique to talk about while having dinner with friends or family.
Happy Reading!
You can purchase the book on Amazon.
About the Author:
Erik Kolbell is a psychotherapist and former Minister of Social Justice at Riverside Church in New York City. He is the author of What Jesus Meant: The Beatitudes and A Meaningful Life and The God of Second Chances, published by Westminster John Knox Press.
Kolbell is a regular guest on many national media outlets including The Today Show, Dateline, The Jane Pauley Show, Morning Joe, and numerous local television and radio programs.
Connect with Eric on his Website | Facebook |
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.