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Made my list of "must reads"
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2017
"Wait, What?," Jim Ryan's 144 page book is a gem.
Ryan makes an argument to listen for and ask great questions.
He offers 5 critical questions (and a bonus question, too) with humor, passion and insight.
Couldn’t we at least…?
How can I help?
What truly matters?
If you're an audio fan, Ryan reads his book and you can hear his inflections and subtle emphasis.
Many many years ago reading Night, by Elie Wiesel, I heard that the power lies in the question.
Wiesel has often been the spokesperson for one of the most painful experiences of the 20th century, the Holocaust.
In his book Wiesel describes his childhood during Nazi Europe, including the deaths of members of his family.
In the opening pages of the book, the pious young boy is asked a question by Moshe the Beadle and the following conversation ensues:
"Why do you pray?" Moshe asked me, after a moment.
Why did I pray? A strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe?
"I don't know why." I said, even more disturbed and ill at ease. "I don't know why."
After that day I saw Moshe often. He explained to me with great insistence that every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer.
Then, after a while, the boy turned the question on the holy man.
"And why do you pray, Moshe?" I asked him.
"I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions."
Ryan's book complements Wiesel's passage perfectly.