INSPIRATION - The Amateur Parent: A Book on Life, Death, War & Peace, and Everything Else in the Universe .... [this book's chapter "Little League Baseball" was the U.S. Winner of the AOL/Chicken Soup for the Soul Award Essay Contest]
This profoundly unique, thought provoking, book's chapter "Little League Baseball" was the United States AOL/Chicken Soup for the Soul Essay Award winner!
From the Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, and World Healing Day, a true-life inspiration book that will make you smile, cry, and laugh out loud as it changes the way you see yourself and your world--finding it more beautiful and loving and full of miraculous potential than you ever could have imagined before.
As the title says, "a book on life, death, war, and peace, and everything else in the universe!" A profoundly inspirational book that explores and celebrates all the great issues of our time and our lives through the everyday experiences of . . . an Amateur Parent (aren't we all, "amateurs"?).
This collection of two or so page vignettes weave together a tapestry that readers have called, "Moving!" "Magical" and "A rare book of truth." This book was the product of an angelic experience it's author Bill Douglas had, reinforced by a miraculous message from his mother who'd passed away years before.
However, as ethereal as it's inspiration was, the tales told in it's pages are folksy, down to earth, and yet at the same time expansive and profound. Both hysterical and heart breaking, the common thread of all the adventures of amateur parenthood within it's pages, is compassion. You will discover that you are not alone in the self doubts and issues you confront in parenthood and life. And you will shed some tears and share some laughs with the entire human race, as this book's universal message helps you feel a part of a greater whole of the amateur human beings that inhabit this beautiful world.
EDITORIAL REVIEWS ...
". . . the wisdom and simplicity of "The Amateur Parent" may profoundly enrich your life's journey."
-- Christian*New Age Quarterly
"Deeply introspective, soul-stirring, original visionary wisdom anyone will enjoy. A work of profound wisdom . . ."
-- Lightword Publishing Reviews
"I wasn't able to put it down -- each turn of the page unfolded a mystery . . ."
-- Jennifer Hollowell - J.M.H. Reviews
"The Amateur Parent's about wisdom, courage, & beauty . . . If you only read one more book, make it the Amateur Parent."
-- Metaphysical Reviews
READER REVIEWS ...
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you can read only one more book, read THE AMATEUR PARENT
Bill Douglas has written a fine book about parenting, but this book is so much more. It's about learning and teaching, and mostly it's about love.
"One of the things parenthood has done for me, or "to me", is that I have been forced to see my parents with wholly new eyes -- in a way meeting them for the very first time." "I am so grateful to my children for helping me rediscover my childhood, and my parents as the real people they were, struggling to do a good job -- just like you and I are." This understanding, that children are basically innocent, and we parents bring them out learning experiences, not meaning to teach them prejudice or anger or hostility, is Bill's revelation.
"Each new generation is proof that God has not given up on us," says Bill, quoting Deepak Chopra. The Amateur Parent gets you to look inside yourself and the journey you've made so far. And understand that respect for God-like innocence children are born with is the same respect we must share with all of humankind. After being rough on his daughter because she wouldn't listen, Bill reflected, "I think when I get home we'll have a talk, about what they need, and what I want. Then maybe we'll hold hands and walk a new path . . . a little higher than fear . . . a little farther than wrath."
The Amateur Parent is about wisdom and courage and beauty. William Isaac Douglas has discovered and now imparts the importance of loving and understanding and respecting one another. And he does it with grace and humor and timeless insight. If you can read only one more book, that book should be THE AMATEUR PARENT - A Book on Life, Death, War and Peace, and Everything Else in the Universe.
--Richard Fuller -- Senior Editor -- Metaphysical Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars
By J Greenleaf
One of my favorite memories growing up was sitting around the fire pit in my grandparent's backyard. Those summer nights with the crisp breezes would carry embers of the roaring fire my Grandfather couldn't help feeding. With every twig or twist of paper he's poke in, a story would ignite.
Its those "I remember when's" that educated me, inspired me, molded me and triggered my youthful imagination. Now, thirteen years after his passing, the embers no longer blow in the crisp breeze . . . but the "I remember when's" are continuing on. Only now, instead of embracing my Grandfather's spirited recollections and insights, it is the words of others I am capturing.
William Isaac Douglas, author of the Amateur Parent, pens the words of the latest "I remember when's" and tales of insight I drank in. These words, however, are different. Douglas intertwines lessons and pieces of nostalgic moments into bits of writing and pieces of poetry all sprinkled with wit and humor. At just the right moment, you'll find quotations from singers, writers and the like.
While learning about him and his family, you can't help but learn about you and yours. This inspirational work, comprising of 154 pages, is a relatively quick read. I wasn't able to put it down - each turn of the page unfolded a mystery both within the life of his amateur parenthood and my own. I found myself related to a lot of what he wrote and expecting to experience that which had nothing to do with me or my family. This book taught me that the journey never ends and the journey of my own parents continues.
-- Jennifer Hollowell -- Editor -- This Book Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars
Touching, thought provoking...
What a book! And what a nice man... For anyone out there who thinks they may not be doing such a great job at this parent thing it's a great read... you realise that you're actually not doing too bad, that you can't be perfect all the time and are allowed to make mistakes - and learn from them, because after all that's what they're for.
It makes you think, then it hits you that however long your childs life is it isn't that long at all... I for one will take a little step back, take a deep breath and enjoy my son a little more.
5.0 out of 5 stars
WOW, this book sent me through a full spectrum of emotions
WOW, this book sent me through a full spectrum of emotions. I was laughing, crying, and completely inspired by it's words. The book touched me deep in my heart. I read it on my way to Washington DC this past week. I just got home this evening. It allowed me to view my fellow man in a new light while I walked the countries capital.
-- Dr. Michael Steward, Sr. Team USA -- Senior Coach