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If all else fails, look at the Big Picture

  • Jun 14, 2010
There's nothing better, in my opinion, than spending a leisurely evening with new friends and hearing their story; not just their experiences but also how they responded and what they learned. If you feel the same, then grab this book and spend a few evenings with Scott Stevenson and his wife and family. Get comfortable and open your mind. Prepare to let your other plans slide, because you'll be brushing your teeth with this book in one hand and staying up late to read just one more chapter, oh, maybe just one more after that ...

Scott Stevenson worked hard as an architect in Southern California, saved his money, and at age forty-six married Susan and retired. His plan was to design and build their home in the Cuyamaca Mountains east of San Diego. Scott's personal philosophy underpins the book: what he calls seeing the Big Picture of Life, the Magic. He believes that we "choose" our experiences because we have something to learn from them, and that our goal in life is to learn and grow until we understand the Oneness of all things. Scott closed his business and entered a new phase of life with energy and got ready to build.

Looks easy enough so far, right?

The first and most devastating challenge was his wife Susan's breast cancer. Next on the bumpy path, Scott's sister Beth went through a harrowing divorce, with Scott and Susan deeply involved in helping Beth and her children through the ordeal. During these hectic four years Scott and Susan were also watching their retirement investment dwindle and eventually vanish in the downturn of the NASDAQ. And of course they were building a house--actually building it themselves, with the help of the Family Crew: Scott's 78-year-old mother, sister Beth, and her two pre-teen daughters.

Again and again, things that "look easy enough" turn out to be full of trouble; but Scott and Susan handle it all with love, calling on their belief in the Big Picture to see them through. When their new house is threatened by the 2003 firestorms tearing through Southern California, it seems like the last straw. Who could possibly "choose" that experience?

Looks Easy Enough: A Joyful Memoir of Overcoming Disease, Divorce, and Disaster is full of love, laughter and inspiration. Scott and Susan don't just survive all the adversity, they embrace it and come through smiling. You'll smile too at the house-building adventures, the details of Susan's treatment and triumphant return to full health, and through it all Scott's buoyant belief that it's all about learning and growing. The easy conversational style delivers an exceptionally well-structured story--Scott makes writing a book "look easy enough!" Reading this memoir is like spending a few evenings with warm and wise new friends. Highly recommended.

Linda Bulger, 2010

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September 01, 2010
Thanks for the review, Linda! The general consensus seems to be that this book is great. I'll have to look it up one of these days.
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review by . January 05, 2011
What a difference attitude makes. Author Scott Stevenson, in his narrative memoir Looks Easy Enough, tells the story of four years in his life with new wife Susan. These four years begin with the 46-year-old architect's first marriage, preparing for an early retirement and building a dream home in Cuyamaca Woods in California—but instead of a bright and shiny dream, it all ends up something more like a nightmare. Susan is diagnosed with breast cancer; a forest fire threatens their new house; a sister …
review by . August 24, 2010
                The author on the back cover of the book tells us the story is an inspirational tale of facing life's tough challenges and coming out ahead.  Well, the author is right - facing cancer, divorce, a forest fire and a stock market crash yet still coming out ahead is very inspiring.  The author is a skilled writer and a great story teller.  He pulls you in, gets you involved in the lives of the characters, …
review by . November 30, 2010
This book is a rather impressive, detailed memoir by Scott Stevenson. Scott recounts his adventures, focusing mainly on the span of his life with his wife Susan, who recovered from breast cancer using primarily a natural health/alternative healing regimen. Just a few weeks before getting this book, at a healing circle I facilitate, I'd heard someone mention the TV movie Leap of Faith (about someone who used natural healing to recover from cancer) that is referred to in a section of this narrative. …
review by . August 21, 2010
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"Looks Easy Enough is the Eat, Pray, Love for guys - which women will adore. The manuscript has a distinctive, humorous, intimate voice that is a joy to read. Men will love this book because it's all about process - step-by-step how-to knowledge. Women will love it because it's all about the things women value most: family, friends, spirituality, and love." ------ Carol Gaskin, Editorial Alchemy

"When I read a good book and good writing, it makes me want to write - reading your book made me want to write! I felt as if I was sitting down and catching up with an old friend over a cup of coffee. It's really a love story between you and Susan, also between you and your characters and with life - what you call the Magic." ------ Lynn Scozzari, Contributing Editor, San Diego Parent Magazine

"Scott, if my memory serves me right, wasn't English Language your worst subject in school? Didn't your report cards come home with mostly C's and D's? I can t believe you actually wrote a book . . . especially one this good. I loved it!" ------ Lilly Stevenson, Mother of the Author

"A fascinating tale and a superb read. I was really caught up in the story. Looks Easy Enough gave me an intimate view into the struggles of a patient trying to come to terms with a diagnosis of cancer and how best to treat it. Looks Easy Enough reminds me of Suzanne Somers' recently published book Knockout which takes a critical look at how ...

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ISBN-10: 0984281002
ISBN-13: 978-0984281008
Author: Scott Stevenson
Genre: Biography
Publisher: Deadora Press
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