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Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2018
remember sitting on the patio with my father watching the river behind his house and talking…we always talked about little things and important things. One day (not long after his birthday) I asked my Father what it was like to live to be 90 years old. He didn’t hesitate when he answered and shared that it was amazing to be 90 except for the fact that you outlive those you love the most. I knew what he meant. The loss of his father when he was yet a small boy, his friends and fellow soldiers lost at war as a WWII pilot and POW, two wives, and many friends. At 90, he realized that his past took up more space than his future. Yet he was fearless.
How To Stop Time is my favorite book of 2018. The author Matt Haig has written a masterpiece about a man who does not age. Tom, the lead protagonist lives for centuries yet remains young in appearance. When we think of time today, we never think there is enough. But what if time was endless? What if we had an infinite number of tomorrows? This book is a glimpse into the way we think about time and the meaning of memories mixed with a fear of the future. It took me three days to read this novel, not because it was hard to read but because I did not want to finish. I have gained a new perspective about life. How often can you say that about any book? I can promise you, “How To Stop Time” will not disappoint and will leave you inspired. My Dad lived to 91 and I remember at his funeral the number of people who told me that he had lived a good long life. Honestly, it made me furious because I wanted more time. 91 years of age was not enough for a beloved father who I thought would live forever. This book reminds me that Dad does live on, in the beauty of a hymn he loved, the joy of watching my grandson recite the family prayer at dinner, my daughters laughing at something Dad said years ago because in cherished memories is the precious revelation that love never dies. For that, I am grateful. Read this book!
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