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BOOK REVIEW: LIFE LESSONS - A CHRISTIAN SHARING by Ignatius Fernandez.
Published by St. Pauls, Mumbai. Price Rs. 130 only.
To the jaded eye, the title of the book 'Life Lessons - A Christian Sharing' may not bode well. Clearly, most of us are increasingly wary of being lectured to or taught any lessons; let alone life lessons! But this book shares a message that undoubtedly merits attention.
A compilation of articles written by speaker, author, blogger and admittedly a proud Christian, Ignatius Fernandez, this book, like a ‘Best of the Best’ music album, delights and delivers at the same time.
One of the reasons why this book works is that almost every page is punctuated with questions that prompt some level of soul-searching. Some questions tread softly. Some confront. But they continually strengthen the case that the author is trying to build. And thankfully, this is not a case built on convoluted arguments or long-winded analysis. In a series of clear, concise and convincing articles, the author shares his view of Jesus’ teachings as life lessons to be cherished and acted on.
In an age of diminishing attention spans, brevity is always welcome. But in this book, it does not come from glossing over essentials. Thumbing through virtually any page yields rich dividends.
Grounding ideals to real life is not easy. But with apt anecdotes, a liberal dose of personal experience and practical advice, the author helps readers apply the life lessons to real life situations. So alongside insights into praise, forgiveness and sharing, you will also come across insights into refreshingly everyday concerns – managing money, making your marriage work and disciplining children effectively. And it is obvious that the author has spent some time thinking about these concerns.
A compilation of articles, written over time and for different publications, runs the risk of being disjointed. But in this case, the logical grouping of articles under specific themes unifies the message.
Not to be missed!
Reviewed by R. F. IVAN. (MA ; MBA, living for the last 10 years in Sydney, Australia and working for a large American Consulting Company. He is an author, painter and violinist.)
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