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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Take Control of Your Life

The Songbird In My Heart:
The Magnificence of Being, a Simple Message of Grace

Mark Steven Rhoads
Belle Vista, LLC (2009)
Paperback, 208 pages
Rated 3 stars of 5 possible

The Songbird In My Heart is a compilation of prose and poetry, complimented by photos. At first glance, the prose and poetry seem to have little to do with each other until one stops to contemplate the meaning of the poetry and actually attempts to understand the prose text.

Once comprehension dawned on me, I discovered a couple of things. First, that the author's statement about this book being intended to be read on a lazy contemplative afternoon is absolutely the right path to take.  In fact, reserving several such afternoons to read this book would not be a bad idea... The other thing I discovered is that I am not the intended audience for this book; before I began reading Songbird, I was fairly cognizant about where my life is headed - neither this, nor any other piece of literature is going to change that.

So, okay, I'm not the target audience, but I have been enjoying the photos and most of the poetry... all is not lost. The sometimes autobiographical prose is sometimes a bit less clear or requires more contemplation than I've had time to give it.  For the intended audience this could be a very beautiful book in more ways than one.  For myself, I'll finish this reading, but I don't think this book is something I'll need to read again.

Recommended especially for those who enjoy reading spiritual literature.  This review has been simultaneously posted on Amazon.com, Dragonviews, and LibraryThing.

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