"Sometimes it doesn’t take much to experience per- fection...The simple things may actually be the greatest of all"
|Twelve Months By Steven Manchester|
Steven Manchester is the published author of Pressed Pennies, The Unexpected Storm: The Gulf War Legacy and Jacob Evans, as well as several books under the pseudonym, Steven Herberts. His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN’sAmerican Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of his short stories were selected "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
ReviewDon DiMarco finds himself with a limited amount of time when he thought he would have all but time after retirement. His life was all set for him to do whatever he wanted until one day everything changed. With his twelve months left Don does what he loves most, what he didn't have a chance to do before. This book makes you really appreciate life and the time we are given. Be thankful for everyday we have and for the people around us. Do what you love and live with no regrets. I really adored this novel because it was enlightening. There were moments when I would write some of the wise words that were spoken such as the one above ."Sometimes it doesn’t take much to experience per- fection...The simple things may actually be the greatest of all".
I believe that this is something that everybody should read because there are so many people out there that are not embracing life. They think that they have all the time in the world when maybe it isn't true. Why not do what we want? I know that money is a big issue, even in the book there is a part where they didn't eat at a restaurant because they just couldn't afford to use their money just to eat so they went to a different place for years. Ever since Don knew he didn't have time to waste, him and his wife ate at the restaurant only to find that it wasn't worth it and the food was much better at the other place. The whole time they thought they were missing out but at the end they were having exactly what they wanted. I am sure that everybody hears you only live once. There are even signs saying "what if you die tomorrow". We know that life can end abruptly yet we go on as robots. This may not be true for everybody but the point is to LIVE. LIVE the life you are given. This book has really made an impression on me. I hope it will do the same to everybody else who reads it as well.
When I first read the blurb I knew this would hit home. I was a bit overwhelmed with how close I was to a similar situation. Each scene was as if I were reliving moments. It was a place that I did not want to look back upon but I thought maybe reading this would help me move on. So I thank Steven Manchester for writing this book. For me it was the healthiest way since books have always been my friends in a sense. <3