Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The Route, by Gale Sears
Get a box of tissues, ladies. This one plays your heartstrings like a master on a Stradivarius.
The author takes us with her to deliver lunches to the elderly, the infirm, the isolated members of her community. The kaleidoscope of personalities dazzles and depresses, inspires and intimidates, comforts and chills us. Life and death and trauma stare us in the face and won't let go until we acknowledge our own mortality. The author starts out to give service and along the way finds solace for herself. Isn't it always that way? The more you give, the more you receive? Good stuff.
Lest you get the wrong impression, this book doesn't read like a heavy-on-philosophy tome. It's more a conversation between friends with at times serious topics and light-hearted humor. The humor lifts the human spirit beyond the nuts and bolts of surviving day to day. Often I found myself laughing and crying at the same time (in a GOOD way).
I heartily recommend you get this book for yourself or for someone who doesn't feel "needed". There are so many possibilities for service if we are open to them.
You can purchase the route at Amazon
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