Sunday, June 11, 2017

Book Review: 'Wait, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions' by James E. Ryan

Wait, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions
By James E. Ryan

Review by Rebecca Johnson

Samuel Taylor Coleridge once said that "What comes from the heart, goes to the heart." That aptly describes this book. James E. Ryan believes there are only five essential questions that you should ask in this lifetime, OK six because there is a bonus question. I'd add a seventh but I think he has most of the questions covered.

Since I was called "question box" as a child I could totally relate to James E. Ryan's childhood. It was very amusing that he asked so many questions but if you think about it, he is probably such a success today because he was eternally curious and learned a great deal.

I also love books that make me laugh and cry alternately throughout the book. The story of how the author met his birth mother and the story about Cindy had me close to tears. I also laughed more times that I can count.

What I love about this author is he has the handy knack of looking at both sides of an argument. You will learn a lot of interesting facts like how curiosity helps you live longer. So get asking those questions. I found the question: "How Can I Help?" to be the most helpful for all sorts of situations. You can literally change the world by asking that question. We could end world hunger if we all asked it.

I also felt this book was filled with a lot of practical wisdom. "Ask first, argue second" is excellent advice.

The author has led a very interesting life and has lots of inspirational stories to tell. Some are also quite funny, therefore the laughing.

This is a great book by an author who seems like a wise soul. I give this book 100 stars.

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