This is the second collection of ‘words of advice’ I’ve read by this author that has inspired me. The first, Lessons for Life, was written primarily for teenagers. In this book, the author offers wisdom to adults on how to increase their faith in God, raise their hopes for a better life, and accept and treasure love to find fulfillment and greater happiness. As in Lessons, there’s a different truism on every page, but in this book the author expounds on each saying.
As Mr. Carpenter explains in the introduction, his writings are based in his Christian faith. Indeed, there are scripture verses and references to his beliefs sprinkled throughout the book. However, as a non-religious person, I found encouragement and solid guidance on every page.
The author is gifted in poetically expressing his advice without sounding preachy or all-knowing. I felt that he came to many of his conclusions and recommendations after experiencing disappointments of his own. His ability to write aphorisms may have come from his father whom he quotes in several places. One favorite of his father’s pithy sayings: “Everyone is ignorant…just on different subjects.” One other: “You can’t put a forty-year old head on a sixteen-year old body. That’s why we make so many mistakes as we are growing up.”
Here are some of my favorite sayings by the author from each section:
In the chapter on Faith:
“In life, we cannot help but be sad at times. This is why we must always have a blessing in our pocket that we can take out to lift us up.”
In the chapter on Hope:
“Hope is the one thing in our life that we cannot lose. If we lose hope, we lose our ability to dream. If we cannot dream, we have no future to work toward.”
“Sometimes, a single word of hope or a few notes of music can change a heart completely. Listen for your song today and let the words lead you.”
In the chapter on Love:
“True wealth is not how much you have in investments, but how much you’ve invested in others. Love is an appreciating asset that grows daily.”
Mending a broken heart is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. You find a piece of your heart you recognize, and you build slowly around it.”
“No one who ever left a memory in your heart is ever forgotten.”
This is a book I’d recommend to anyone to keep handy as a reference, particularly for when you’re experiencing a hard patch and need some inspiration. There are truths and good advice on every page.
Cheryl Peyton ~ Author & Member AGT