The author describes this third book in his What I’ve Learned So Far series as “a fairly random collection of a bunch of the interesting things that have come my way…” But it’s not entirely random. Seasons pass. The boat dock rises and falls and gets put together again. And the reader finds a new friend in the author—a voluble friend with a fun sense of humor, a real care and concern for people, and a pleasingly, reverently irreverent approach to faith and politics.
“Hi. I’m Mike, and I’m a Facebookaholic,” he says in one essay where he ponders those strange games, odd requests and unknown friends of the new universe. But Mike Ball is no 60-something adult detached from the world of youth, as the verses from incarcerated teens in the Project Roots and Lost Voices programs so clearly show—“Feel like an angel with a broken wing,” says one. “Feel like a song no one can sing.” Mike Ball has a heart for the breaking and broken, and a way with words (and music) that invites healing power into their lives and into our hearts. Mostly you’ll laugh with the author as you real these essays, but sometimes you’ll just have to stop in awe instead and catch your breath.
The author’s fun outlook on life and its disasters keeps this book flowing on an even keel. Sports, festivals, technology, burgers and more all meet his pen. Cross Santa with Twilight, install Darth Vader in your kitchen, fire up the grill—in winter—and enjoy. Then try to figure out the philosophy of your overly smart Smartphone.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book with a request for my honest review.
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