The Sentinels: Corruption and Deception Unveiled

In his new publication The Sentinels: Voices Behind The Curtain, Gordon Zuckerman  taps into the source of our current political issues. His book unravels not only the corrupt dealings of our government. It also concentrates specifically on the cracks in our free enterprise system. The books calls on us to become acutely aware of the corruption at the heart of the political scene. As intelligent citizens with unique political views, we simply cannot afford to ignore these issues any longer. They naturally disturb us and make us worry, if not panic, about the future of our nation.

Zuckerman emphasizes the issue of trust on our political scene. In a political system that is complicated in itself and involves so many factors to function properly, trust is absolutely critical. We need to be able to trust our leaders if we want to solve complex political issues. According to Zuckerman, however, we seem to be pretty far away from this kind of mentality. He questions the “silent” political leaders: “When will the corruption, conflict of interests, and underhanded dealings in deception by those we are supposed to trust stop?” (PR Newswire). After all, the issue is that we do not trust our leaders. In a way, we are justified, because we regularly witness corruption in the news and the media. We have tolerated deception for too long and are frankly tired of it. The time has come, Zuckerman implies, to express our indignation at the political corruption and bad leadership that we are only too familiar with.

In addition, the author explores what happens when the big machinery of the government is suddenly undermined. In particular, he explains that as soon as we become dissatisfied with the way our government is treating us, we give way to rebellion. We can definitely put up with deception for a while but not for too long. Eventually, according to Zuckerman, a small group decides to oppose “agendas of misdirected concentrations of wealth and influence” (PR Newswire). In other words, little by little, the rebels who oppose the actions of the government form their own political organization. They do not want to put up with the government’s manipulations any longer. Neither do they want to patiently wait for the government to change its  policies in their favor. Rebellion starts brewing.

At this point, we realize that good leadership is absolutely indispensable to us. We absolutely must have strong leaders who would know how to distribute resources and resolve political and economic issues. Zuckerman suggests that “[w]e need more, high-minded, entrepreneurial leaders,’…  ‘who are opposed to those who abuse privileges of free enterprise for their own interests’” (PR Newswire). The issue is that we do not have capable leaders who will be able to lead us forward into progress. Not only should these people be forward-thinking. They should also be wise and know how to make the right decisions at just the right moment. On the other hand, if we do not have good leaders, we must also know how to respond. Otherwise, without a good leader, the complex machinery of our government would eventually disintegrate.

Once we realize how strongly we need a good leader, rebellion actually starts to smolder within us. We begin noticing flaws in our government. If we do not agree with a leader’s policies, we do not just put up with them. We rebel. In his book, Zuckerman sends us a very concrete message. He tells us that there is no need for us to be silent. He uses the power of fiction to communicate to us what we could do to express our rebellion if only we could be bolder. For Zuckerman, silence is no longer an option for us. According to PR Newswire, the author comments on his individual writing process by articulating the purpose of his book: “By using the fictional lives of the main characters as vehicles for the telling of the story, I have attempted to utilize their experiences to speculate what they might have done in opposition” (Mystery Tribune). His message cannot fail to get home to readers. Zuckerman uses fiction to help us identify faults in the system. Even if we cannot actually rebel against the machinery of the government, at least we can speculate, imagine what we could have done if we had the chance to finally express ourselves.

Needless to say, we should be able to hearken to the voice of reason. Those voices, the ones that are behind the curtain, could possibly tell us exactly what we need to hear. We must learn to listen. Perhaps then, we would finally be able to open our eyes to our current political reality. Perhaps then, we would also realize that the corruption we witness is simply staring at us. It has become so glaring at this point that no matter how hard we try we just cannot ignore it. Above all, we should be able to trust our leaders. We cannot tolerate “the looming threat of malignant agendas of misdirected concentrations of wealth and influence” any longer (PR Newswire). Our leaders are supposed to lead the country and help us make progress as a nation. We cannot allow ourselves to live with incompetent leaders anymore. The book moves us to think about political issues that at this point have become too pressing to be tolerated.  

Ultimately, Zuckerman’s The Sentinels: Voices Behind The Curtain can help us open our eyes to our grim reality. It is time for us to stop corruption. We must embrace free enterprise all over again and focus on returning to the values we once had. We must also become economically stable as a nation and believe in the importance of strong leadership. In the end, the book pushes us to become aware of our flawed political reality and presses us to remain vigilant.

Dream vs. Reality in the Post-Graduation World

In his new book Graduates Nationwide Face Growing Challenge, Mike Eltgroth discusses the problems that every college graduate grapples with in today's reality. Objectively speaking, thousands of students across the U.S. graduate from universities every year. Naturally, as soon as they graduate, many of them start looking for work. If many of these graduates fail to find a job after a thorough and extensive search, life becomes quite difficult for them. Of course, some of them may be better off than others, because their families help support them while they look for work. Others, however, may not be so fortunate and are forced to work odd jobs. In his book, Eltgroth motivates us to think very seriously about the growing challenges that students have to deal with as soon as they are out of college.

So many graduates struggle with numerous questions regarding their future plans. Even if they have a pretty clear idea of what they want to do professionally, the process of actually realizing their goals may become a stumbling block. In fact, it may seem daunting to them, if not almost impossible. Eltgroth draws attention to a serious issue that is at stake in many graduates’ reality today. According to the author, most graduates are simply not equipped with the skills they need to survive in the professional world. He suggests that “the lack of a clear post-graduation plan along with a lack of real-world skills can often lead to anxiety and poor decision making with long term impacts” (PR Newswire). This is precisely the issue that confronts many graduates today. At the university, they complete their general education and major coursework and work on getting an internship. If they are lucky, they find an excellent internship and secure their future at a company. For many though, the process of finishing an undergraduate degree or even a Master’s does not necessarily open up more opportunities. In particular, if the student does not finish a degree in a practical field and lacks real-world skills as well, the act of securing a job can be a very trying experience.

The book provides new graduates with the guidance they need as they plan out their lives after college. Notably, the author focuses on the disparity between dream and reality that they encounter as they realize that the career they envisioned for themselves is not that easy to get. He argues that “[w]hile graduates may have dreams of breaking from the crowd and becoming successful, many don’t have a clear picture of what that really means or how to get there” (PR Newswire). We can picture the new graduate fresh out of college and excited to embark on the next stage of professional life. The trouble is, however, that many students simply do not have a clear idea of how they will get to their dreams, to begin with. If they have a variety of resources at their disposal and are able to get concrete advice from someone, the next step will be less of a problem for them.

In addition, the author discusses other factors that new graduates should be aware of. In this way, he actually prepares them to face real-world challenges. According to the press release, the book covers topics including “…dealing with people, learning from failure, what to expect at their first job, understanding emotional intelligence, building confidence and more” (PR Newswire). These are issues that most new graduates confront as they finish college and enter the real world. Even though they have gained valuable academic skills in the classroom, they may not have the psychological stamina as yet to deal with pressure in the real world. In his book, Eltgroth provides graduates with tips they can use as they embark on the professional stage of their lives.

The book may also move us to think seriously about real-life problems that students have to deal with once they graduate. Looking for a job is certainly not their only concern as they leave the classroom. Life pushes them to think about the issues they have to address if they want to have relative financial stability. According to Eltgroth, new graduates must know “what they truly want, how to go after it and what to expect along the way” (PR Newswire). He suggests that being sure of what they want and being realistic about their goals may help them work through post-graduation challenges. Perhaps, new graduates could get started on their careers sooner if they actually adopt such an approach. Instead of having unrealistic dreams, they could  look for opportunities that match both their skill and experience levels.

In conclusion, exposure to resources such as Mike Eltgroth’s Graduates Nationwide Face Growing Challenge might help us become aware of what is at stake for new graduates. The book cautions us to think deeply about securing their professional and financial future. In addition, it spurs us into action, motivating students and parents to work on developing a concrete post-graduation plan that new graduates can pursue. Most importantly, the book makes us keenly aware of the challenges we are now facing as a nation. We absolutely should do our utmost to apply our skills and knowledge in the real world regardless of the major or skill level. It is crucial for students to grow into professionals and earn decent salaries. Consequently, I believe that more and more readers should be made aware of Eltgroth’s new book.

Wildfire and Tragedy: Inside the Inferno

Simon & Schuster Canada has recently published Damian Asher’s Inside the Inferno: A Firefighter's Story of the Brotherhood that Saved Fort McMurray in which he and his coauthors describe the tragedy of the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire in Canada. Those of us who regularly follow the headlines may have heard of this wildfire. Shocked by its intensity, we may have noted the damage it caused, discussed it at length and then moved on with our own lives. Quite naturally, it may have shocked and terrified us. For those of us who only heard about the fire, it may be difficult, if not impossible, to imagine what the courageous firefighters experienced in the process. As we look at Asher’s book, however, we may eventually start redefining heroism for ourselves. What, we may ask, is the definition of a hero? While Asher’s memoir may not necessarily provide us with the answer to this question, it brings our attention to the Fort McMurray tragedy in all of its terrifying intensity.

If we focus specifically on the book’s title, we may become inevitably drawn to its message. Struck by its power, by the awe-inspiring courage of these people, we would begin to feel that we are not just an audience who are looking at people’s fearless, bleeding hearts on a page. Inevitably, we become silent participants in this tragedy. By commiserating with these people, we become part of their tragic experience, get a taste of the courage that burns inside them. As we read, we are forced to stand face to face with real tragedy. According to Simon and Schuster, the brave men and women of the fire department were tasked with a very difficult mission — “to defend the community and to save thousands of lives.” It is a mission that moves us to think about someone other than ourselves, helps us reflect on the bigger and higher purpose of our lives. These people were not afraid to sacrifice themselves for the sake of others. They walked into the fray, knowing that they had already lost everything except for their lives. And yet, they were able to find the courage to ignore their own desires and to work together to defend their community.

As we look at the book, the concept of brotherhood stands out to us. In our modern world, it may often seem that we are pulling further and further away from this concept. Each of us lives in his or her own isolated space. We buy houses, computers, and numerous other gadgets, always eager to claim ownership over some new possession. Only when a natural disaster strikes do we suddenly realize that we cannot hold on to our possessions forever. According to Canada NewsWire, “Inside the Inferno details the courage, strength, and sacrifice of the firefighters and shows what it takes for a city to reunite and rebuild.” In the book’s pages, we rediscover the values of courage, strength, and a sense of bonding. These firefighters would not have been able to save Fort McMurray had it not been for their powerful sense of loyalty to one another. Thus, when reading the book, we inevitably open our eyes to the values that we may have forgotten about in our daily struggles.

The book may also motivate some of us to make connections to literature and films. In particular, I cannot help thinking about Dante’s Inferno. The title itself moves us to make this connection. After all, Dante descended into hell both to cleanse himself and to relieve the sufferers’ pain. He passed through every level of hell and witnessed the suffering of so many souls. In the end, he emerged strengthened and purified both by their suffering and his own. Analogously, the men and women who braved the fire together went through so many levels of hell in order to save their city. According to CBC News, “the story's universal themes could resonate with people whose lives were changed by the wildfire.” All of these people suffered. So many of them lost everything they had, including the homes they worked so hard to build and the possessions they took years to accumulate. Just like Dante, they descended into hell. Like him, they had to descend into an abyss in order to start rebuilding their lives, scarred by suffering but more resilient overall.

These courageous people sacrificed themselves in order to save their community. A spirit of camaraderie bonded them. It was this camaraderie that helped these firefighters eventually emerge from the fray as the heroic group of people who saved the fort and survived the fire. Ultimately, an allusion to the final lines of Tennyson’s “Ulysses” comes to mind precisely because it describes these people’s courage so aptly: “One equal temper of heroic hearts, / Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will / To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

Inspiration, Creative Writing Process, and our Struggle to Stay Awake

Deniz Besim, a well-known Turkish-Cypriot poet, has recently spoken to a local newspaper about her creative writing process. As we look closer at the poet’s work, we learn that she has successfully published three books of her poetry and short stories. In her poetry, Besim expresses her innermost feelings, feelings that are familiar to most of us — pain, grief, and especially, empathy. In her writings, she finds powerful words both to describe and express her suffering. As we look at her stories and poems, we could experience a reawakening of dormant feelings inside us and hear the suffering her characters have endured. In the process, we may inevitably pick up the vibrations of her inspiration and experience our innermost feelings expressed in words.  

If we carefully examine her poetry, we might be immediately drawn to her writing style that is so intricately interwoven with the feelings we experience. For us, her style becomes one with natural beauty, synonymous with inspiration. According to PR Newswire, she draws from sources such as the “howling of the wind, a fluttering of anything that could happen in nature.” Besim then uses poetry to describe her experience of natural beauty. She looks for inspiration in nature and finds its source. The poet’s writing notably strikes at the very core of our feelings, motivating us to appreciate natural beauty and learn to resolve our psychological troubles.

In addition, Besim’s work moves us to think deeply about our unique emotional responses to our own experiences. The experience of reading the poet’s work draws us into her world. Inevitably, we begin to sense the power of the written word. Eventually, we realize that her “style of writing has a powerful impact on the reader as it has the magical movements of dragging you into the story…” (PR Newswire). Once we are in her world, we are as if enchanted. We experience the rise and fall of inspiration together with the poet. Through her writing, the poet also moves us to “empathise with the character(s) and put[s] [us] through emotions [we] may not even be familiar with” (PR Newswire). We may also realize that there are emotions inside us that we have not been aware of. The experience of looking at her writing might move us to awaken those feelings and find an outlet for them.

In her talk, Besim pays special attention to what she learned from reading other writers. She gives us the sense that her inspiration draws from the wisdom of the centuries. We also realize that the lessons she learned helped her become a truly powerful writer. According to PR Newswire, Besim talks about the importance of reading other authors and suggests that they “gave her a solid perspective to understand and digest the language, and open wider doors for inspiration perhaps.” Inevitably, we come to the conclusion that language might have real power. Reading the work of other writers might have helped her expand her perspective and realize how to best find a voice for her ideas.

As we continue looking at this writer’s work, we are drawn to the power of her messages.   Gradually, we understand that she sees and hears with her heart. A deeper sense of hearing opens up for her and she is able to convey messages that are truly valuable to her audience. As we read, we become more and more aware of the difficulty involved in making the right kind of choices especially when we are still young and unsure of ourselves. In particular, as we look at some of her poems such as “Amazon,” we see an interesting parallel between the website and the intricate jungle of the web. The poet observes that the trees of the jungle are cut down to produce the books we read. We do not realize that millions of trees have to be sacrificed so we can keep reading those books. And yet, the wild, untamed beauty of the amazon suffers because of our desire for “knowledge”. The issue is that oftentimes we do not even value what we learn or fail to actually make meaningful and logical conclusions afterwards.

It is interesting, therefore, to examine Besim’s responses to our relationship with the natural world. Eventually, we might understand that our own inability to appreciate the world around us conveys a very important message to us. Maybe, we are asleep. We have fallen asleep emotionally. Only a jolt that is powerful enough to get us out of our half-dormant state would help us gradually awaken. Besim’s writing might be the key. Perhaps, what we need is to emotionally experience the magical movements that Besim’s writing style evokes in us. Perhaps then, we will finally awaken from a deep emotional sleep and begin feeling, empathizing with people around us, and simply acting like human beings who still have not lost the best in us.

The Barefoot Book of Children: Battling Ignorance in the Young Generation

Photo Credit: PR Newswire

Photo Credit: PR Newswire

With the political, economic, and personal problems we deal with on a daily basis, we might forget one of the most important debts we owe to the world we live in. We cannot ignore our children. As parents and teachers, we should take care to give them the knowledge that would help them survive in the world, especially the modern world of the 2000s. Tessa Strickland’s and Kate DePalma’s The Barefoot Book of Children brings some of these pressing issues to our attention. The book motivates us to think about the conversations going on around us. We should consider how the media affects our lives and, in particular, the lives of our children. The issues going on in the world are too important to ignore, especially if we think about how they influence our children’s intellectual, psychological, and social development. We cannot let them grow up in ignorance of what is going on around them. Neither should we let our children look at the world through rose-colored glasses. As parents, guardians, and teachers, it is our duty to help them become aware of the issues at stake in our daily lives. The book encourages us to think about how we raise them and what we need to do to help them become intelligent members of society.                                     

One of the central messages that the book communicates to us is that we must be aware of the kind of information to which we expose our children. Children are naturally curious and thus eagerly absorb knowledge. As parents, guardians, and teachers, we should help them pay closer attention to the individual, social, and religious problems that are part of our reality. According to PRNewswire, “With all of the divisive, and often depressing, conversations in the media, even the most optimistic among us can feel a little helpless, especially when we think about our children, and the future world they might inherit.” If we look at the news, for example, we would find plenty of stories that inform us of the tragedies of the world. We read about terrorist attacks, invasions, and violence. We also read about refugees who seek to find a safe and peaceful harbor in a place where there is no suffering and pain. In view of these daily struggles, we might feel somewhat helpless as we try to raise our children and look at the world for which we are preparing them. We should realize that it is our responsibility to equip them with the skills to face the world into which they are born. The book encourages us to consider some of these issues.

The publication also motivates us to think about the values on which we raise our children. In particular, we should look at what we emphasize as we teach them to adapt to the world of the 2000s. One of the messages we gather from the press release is that “[b]ooks offer an accessible resource for parents and educators to discuss topics children sometimes struggle to grasp, including differences in appearances, beliefs and lifestyles.” The press release draws our attention to the role of reading as such. We no longer read books just for entertainment. For us, they now have a much more important function. Through them, parents and teachers can make complicated topics accessible to children. Topics such as family tensions, gender differences, as well as political and social conflicts come alive for young readers as they look at them in story form. For this crucial reason, we should encourage our children to read books like The Barefoot Book of Children.

One of the values that the book emphasizes is togetherness. In a world where conflicts constantly split families, we need to focus on staying together and sharing love and compassion with those around us. The book actually moves us to think about the importance of family and the bonds that keep us together. If we look at some of the The Barefoot Book of Children: Battling Ignorance in the Young Generation
political issues at stake, it is difficult not to notice how they tend to divide people. In the end, we may come to realize that while we are different in many ways we still share a common humanity. We also share the same earth that we all have a right to no matter where we are or what we do. Strickland and DePalma’s book motivates us to focus on the importance of togetherness. According to the book, “[w]e all have love to give. There are lots of ways to show people you care, like saying sweet things, offering your help or just spending time with them.” In a world where people are increasingly drifting away from each other in response to political, social, and religious conflicts, it is our responsibility to give love and warmth to those around us. 

In addition, the book focuses on diversity, including the multiplicity of ideas, beliefs, personalities, and lifestyles. Again, we should consider the kind of environment children grow up in. Even if some of us have been raised in religious families, we are aware that there are many people who are agnostic and that it is their unique choice. To communicate this message to younger readers, Strickland and DePalma suggest that every person has his or her individual attitude to religion: “Some people worship. Some people pray. Some meditate. Some like quiet time to think. Some people prefer to take life as it comes.” The book teaches young readers to respect the individual’s unique beliefs. We should be free to worship in the way we prefer and it is up to us and our children to make our own choices. 

Ultimately, we should think about how we teach our children as well as what we teach them. The book moves us to reconsider what we say and do in our everyday lives. We should teach our children to face our social, political, and individual conflicts. Strickland and DePalma’s book does more than draw our attention to them. It moves us to think about the positive impact that we can make as we help our children build their lives.

In Search of Truth and Recovery of Ideals: Muhammad Ali by Julia Prilepina

Muhammad Ali Enterprises and Jeter Publishing has just announced the publication of Muhammad Ali Unfiltered as a tribute to his humanitarian activity. In our time, when so much bloodshed turns people away from each other, many of us might have the urge to find spiritual guidance. For a while, we might feel pressured to conform to the latest fashions, follow the popular trends, and listen to other people’s views without giving ourselves time to develop our own. After struggling in the dark by ourselves, we might eventually turn to someone who can help us grapple with our chaotic reality – a figure who represents hope and peace. Muhammad Ali is such a figure.

    The book draws attention to the values that we might have lost along the way. By emphasizing the six core principles that Muhammad Ali lived by, it turns us toward the best in people. No matter what we do in life, whether we are sports champions, engineers, or simply clerks, we can all make our unique contributions to humanity. The book emphasizes the principles that guided Ali’s life and “align[s] with the mission of The Muhammad Ali Center, which helps to preserve and share Ali’s legacy and ideals, promoting the six core principles that he lived by: confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect and spirituality” (Simon and Schuster). Each one of these principles speaks to what it means to be human. We soon realize that Muhammad Ali was a profoundly enlightened individual who was guided by a powerful understanding of the bigger purpose of life. This purpose may seem quite obscure to us simply because many of us have staked our lives on getting ahead in the game.

    As we look at this book and the great person it tributes, we are introduced to a completely different level of development and a truly unique approach to life. Eventually, we learn that getting ahead was not at all the end goal for Muhammad Ali. He is guided by a philosophical and deeply religious attitude. Consequently, the book introduces us to a vision of life that surpasses the earthly. As we read, we are encouraged to help those who need guidance, comfort, or simply someone who would listen to them. In Muhammad Ali, we see a person who lived according to a unique set of principles the most notable of which was his attitude to religion and spirituality. Muhammad Ali believed in God’s presence in his life: “God is watching me. God don’t praise me because I beat Joe Frazier. God don’t give nothing about Joe Frazier… He wants to know how do we treat each other” (CNS News blog). He realizes that God cares about our attitude to those around us. Whether or not we are successful is completely beside the point, because, in the end, what matters is how we approach life and what we do for one another.

    The book explores Ali’s unique attitude to success. For him, success was about unwavering courage, hard work, and undoubtedly talent. A person who has invested so much effort in his profession and sweated blood to live his dream does not understand the meaning of the word impossible. Impossible does not exist for him. In fact, for him, “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion” (CBS News). We see that the standards he sets for himself are so high that he does not even allow for the possibility of calling anything impossible. He does not believe in it. According to him, people live in the world in order to explore their potential to change it.

    Muhammad Ali Unfiltered describes the life of a truly noble and enlightened person. In him, we see someone who actually lives and breathes at a much higher altitude than the typical consumer. The book motivates us to free ourselves from a complete fixation on our needs and wants. As we look at this book, we inevitably think about how our interest in our own comfort and pleasures could pull us away from an awareness of God and our responsibilities before other people. What we need to do, it seems to be saying, is rise above a fixation on ourselves. Ali’s example invites us to consider a different attitude to life, especially when we read the following: “When I get out of boxing, when I’m through, I’m going to do all I can to help people … Here’s bunch of boys need some money, and somebody’s calling me to help them. God is watching me” (Simon and Schuster). In his words, we sense the urge to help people, to rise above ourselves and our own interests and do something truly worthy for others. He calls us to action, motivating us to reform our lives and to come out of our isolated spaces in order to take in the world at large.

Muhammad Ali’s legacy lives on. The book tributes his unique approach to life, his courage, and his intrepid attempt to achieve the impossible. It commemorates the life of a genuinely talented person, someone who made every second of his life count. A great person who lived his life for other people, entertaining them in the ring, supporting them with money, has truly made the most of it. The book lives on in our minds, filled with the excitement of the moment and bubbling with the promises of tomorrow. Even after we finish the book and move on with our lives, a single phrase stands out in our memories: “Don’t count the days. Make days count.

Survival through Pain and Suffering: From Rags to Riches

By telling the step-by-step story of an average person in her book From Rags to Riches, Irene Inker presents us with an individual’s unique experience of finding a better life and recovering a sense of peace in an unfamiliar and seemingly hostile country. Survival… Many of us are so completely comfortable with our daily lives that we have become quite insensitive to other people’s suffering. By itself, the idea of struggling for survival seems foreign to us. It does not really concern us, after all. We live in the land of plenty. So, when we read about people who are forced to pull through, we cannot really relate to their experiences. We watch these lives from aside, quite comfortable in our own middle class spaces and quite certain that we are not likely to suffer through similar issues any time soon. 

After a closer look at this book, however, we realize that one of the lessons it teaches us is acceptance. As long as we are able to accept our reality no matter how painful, unpleasant, and irreparable it may be, we stand a chance at survival. It is not about making life better. It is about making life tolerable and “rising to achieve an American dream” (PR Newswire). In her dedication, the author says, “I dedicate this book to my enemies who thru their constant betrayals and backstabbing, made me to grow stronger” (PR Newswire). She dedicates the book to those who hurt her, since they taught her to stand up for herself and fight for what she believes in.   

On the other hand, disillusionment is also a result of the suffering she lived through. Life is not as rosy and beautiful as it may have seemed at first to the characters in her stories. The people who were forced to live through the horrors of betrayal and backstabbing have lost it all. Inker’s book offers a commentary on the suffering they experienced. Undergoing suffering and learning to cope with disappointment are some of the major aspects of human experience that the book makes us aware of. The themes in Inker’s book are further illumined by its language. According to PR Newswire, “The language is very simple; it walks you thru life adventures; sad, funny, wit, sarcastic.” In other words, the language in the book is accessible to readers, because it actually helps us connect to the lives of these characters. As we look at their experiences, the simplicity of the language captures our attention, stirring up feelings of sympathy, shock, and pain. 

The book also draws attention to major struggles that every immigrant experiences in an unfamiliar country. Finding a job and making enough money to make ends meet are concerns that every one of us encounters at some point. In her novel, Inker describes the obstacles her characters run into once they are up against these struggles. We are momentarily inserted in this reality as we are willfully taken out of our comfort zones and made to imagine what life is like under the most painful and difficult circumstances. 

At the same time, Inker’s book takes us on a tour of a life that we cannot really relate to. As we read about it, we look at people who are forced to deal with problems that seem completely overwhelming to them. Finding a job for the purposes of surviving and making ends meet is so much more challenging than looking for work in a homely and comfortable environment. One of the lessons we may glean from the obstacles these characters encounter is that we should never give up. The text captures the lesson we should learn in the following line: “If you want a job you will find a way; if you don’t, you will find an excuse.” After all, if we truly want to find a job, we will do anything no matter how backbreaking and even embarrassing our struggles may be. We will go out of our way to contact as many people as possible and send additional information about ourselves. For Inker’s characters, finding a job is especially important, because it will help them survive. We may learn yet another lesson from the book. According to the author, if we do not actually want a job, we “will find an excuse” not to do anything. The line rings true for us. Experience teaches many of us again and again that wanting is not getting. If we really want to find work, however, we will be able to get it no matter how difficult and impossible the search may seem. Thus, the book glimpses the lives of people who suffer through painful experiences and problems. It teaches us how to respond to difficult circumstances and put up with a reality in which we are not necessarily comfortable. 

Above all, the book focuses on the pain we experience when we lose everything that is precious to us. For us, even imagining ourselves in that kind of situation could be quite a challenge. Many of us may read about the struggles of these characters as we relax in the comfort of our own homes. Thus, a situation in which we suddenly lose everything we ever possessed could be almost impossible to imagine. On the other hand, reading the following line from the book shocks us to an extreme: “When you have lost it all, laugh. Do not be afraid anymore. Once you have lost it all, there is nothing more to be afraid of.” Really, we think, what could we possibly fear when everything that was once precious to us has slipped through our fingers? As soon as we lose everything we ever possessed, fear becomes impossible for us. There is nothing more to lose and thus nothing more to fear. Achieving fearlessness suddenly becomes a central goal for us. The book opens our eyes to what is most important in life. What is important, we realize, is not what we lose but how we react to the loss. Yes, it is painful when we lose everything, but, at the same time, the experience can free us from our attachment to the material. We lose everything and become fearless. 

Finally, Inker’s book has a cathartic overtone that becomes especially vital to our experience of reading as we endure all the hardships together with its characters. At first, we suffer and may even become embittered but, in the end, we cleanse ourselves and become all the better for the pain we experienced. In the end, we grow and become emotionally mature, psychologically stable, and spiritually enlightened.