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What should a career choice be based on? How big your salary is going to be or whether it is what you truly want to do with your life? After finishing high school, most youths aren’t certain in which direction they want to go. The directions we choose in life will either make us happy or not and often we find ourselves having to separate from those that we love as friends or something more as the result of whichever choice we make. With an opening scene that makes it a suitable winter read, Lenore Schur’s debut novel It’s All About the Heart, introduces us to Jannie, a young woman who needs to make an important decision for her future, but who finds that decision difficult to make.
Jannie and Derek have the opportunity to talk to each other once again after having gone their separate ways. A year older than Jannie, Derek had gone to college a year before Jannie. They used to walk to school together everyday since they met after Derek and his family moved to the same neighborhood that Jannie grew up in. It’s been a year and a half since Jannie started a course at college. She has forms for the coming semester that she has trouble filling out. Derek listens to her and goes on to talk about what it means to have a job and people who have missed their callings in life. He takes Jannie to talk to an elderly man named Mr. Sherman who might just be the mentor that Jannie needs.
“Here he is, cracking jokes, making the guys laugh uncontrollably, but he has an audience of two or three.” Some people are born with amazing talents and what Derek talks about here is the fact that there are people who have missed their chances of using their talents, or what they felt they were born to do, to become successful in live. Through this one piece of wisdom that Derek gives Jannie, the author also shows us that we can often find these people working regular jobs. It’s sad to think about, but it, like many other lessons of life to be found here, is so true.
The main subject discussed in this book is the human heart. What I gathered from these pages was that success and happiness only comes from a single root of ourselves. Our hearts and whether it is healthy or not. Schur examines what the negative ramifications of a heart smothered with unresolved pain can cause if we let it. Also, many of the problems we face in life and many of the concerns we have, such as financial hardship and unsavory relationships have roots that come directly out of the heart. Invited by a girl named Raquel, Jannie attends a restaurant meeting and gets to listen to a talk along with other women called “the heart of the matter.” It is this speaker that introduces the subject of the heart to Jannie and the reader.
I think this book is written for a great portion of humanity who, when life throws them a stone, turn to books for answers. I’ve been one of those too or perhaps I still am to some degree and I’m just in denial about it. Whatever the case may be with me personally, I understood one of the many things that the author was trying to tell me. That books might have answers, but not all of them. That the only way to really learn is through experiencing something ourselves and the only way to truly let go of pain is to forgive. Of forgiveness and the true purpose thereof, the author offers a definition that will stick with readers who have unresolved hurt residing in their hearts and it’s definite way towards healing those precious organs of theirs.
I could easily put myself in Jannie’s shoes as she was being imparted wisdom by Mr. Sherman. He will remain a memorable figure for me because it is people like him – mentors who are actually willing to teach – that young people everywhere in the world needs. Whether it’s from Derek, the restaurant speaker, Mr. Sherman, or her father, Jannie gets to learn a lot. But perhaps some readers will view this as a drawback seeing as it seems to be all that Jannie is really doing in this book. Learning. The book is short, the format is beautiful, the Christian Bible versus being referenced ring true, and for me, the book works just as it is.
In the beginning of this review I called this book a suitable winter read because of its opening scene, but perhaps I was too fast with the words. When one thinks of winter, one thinks of mostly staying indoors because of cold weather. During winter, I often find myself with more time to reflect on important things about my life, life in general, and many other things. Lenore Schur offers readers heaps of valuable insight that is just perfect for such times when you would rather stay indoors than go outside. Thus, it is perfect for those chilling winter months, but it can still be read during any time.
Schur’s reason for writing this book is obvious from the start: it is an attempt to help steer youths into making the right decisions for themselves. How many times do we see young people unhappy in their jobs or careers that we ourselves only dream of having and for the life of us, we can’t understand why? How many times do past experiences force us to make the wrong decisions? One of my favorite lines in the book is definitely the following: “I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember a class called ‘Pain Management 101.’” The restaurant speaker said this and it just stuck to me. That’s what readers can expect from this book. Insight about life, pain, love, God, evil, bad relationships, and most of all, the knowledge readers need to take care of their hearts.
|Publisher: True Potential
Date Published: December 12, 2016
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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