Figures edited on the 8th September 2017
The Wisdom House begins with a ‘Welcome to the world’ letter from the author, Rob Parsons, to his newest grandchild. Parsons shares his wisdom through 25 easily digested chapters including: Love is something you do; Be the change; No regrets; Difficult people; Slaying your dragons and Forgiveness.
The closing chapter, Anyway, opens with a letter to Parsons’ grandchildren, ‘…Harry, Lily, Evie, Jackson and Freddy…and any other grandchildren that may come!’ In that letter are “words that used to hang on the wall in Mother Teresa’s office:
‘People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centred. Forgive them anyway.’
‘If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.’
‘If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.’
‘If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.’
‘What you spend years creating, other could destroy overnight. Create anyway.’
‘If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.’
‘The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.’
‘Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.’
‘In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.’”
Parsons wrote Wisdom House with his grandchildren in mind and therefore the book does not go into great depths. It left us wanting just a little bit more. Nevertheless, it does the job for which it was intended. The chapters are relatively short, easy to read and written in a story-telling format.
Reading The Wisdom House was like sitting in a wise Grandfather’s living room, or in a counsellor’s office. You really do feel like you are sitting in one of those chairs on the book cover, as if the author is speaking directly to you in chapter two when he says, “it’s good to see you! Take a seat.”
Vince & Janice Ramkissoon
(5th September 2017)
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The Wisdom House
Because you don’t always have to learn the hard way
By Rob Parsons
Reviewed by Vince & Janice Ramkissoon
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