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High Points and Lows: Life, Faith, and Figuring It All Out Paperback – Bargain Price, January 26, 2010
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Austin does not prosthelytize. Not one element of his thoughts, his essays -- be they spiritual or common in nature -- is an attempt at conversion to either his beliefs or his positions. Rather, he tells his stories simply because he enjoys telling them, and within those stories, one can choose what one takes away. If one isn't a fan of the whole Jesus Love angle, that's fine. If one finds any ill words spoken about Saved By The Bell offensive, that's fine. It's not Austin's goal to isolate or spotlight. He simply wants to tell a good, clever, heartfelt and often amusing story and, in doing so, make you think. It's his passion to relate and communicate without pretense that makes him such a powerful and commanding narrator.
No matter what your spiritual background, no matter where you came from and where you are mentally and emotionally when you find Austin's book, he wants to connect with you just as if you were sitting next to him having a beer and sharing some stories. Austin is a master of the written word. His thorough, unwavering honesty -- not only within himself, but with what he is willing to say -- makes him one of the most compelling and enjoyable writers you can read today. His book is like a treat for the mind and the soul -- so enjoy it, and fast.
He's not preaching, he's just sharing. Someone once told me, "I hate religion, but I love Jesus," and I get the feeling Carty would agree. The human experience can at times be a cold and desperate one, but he reminds us that it doesn't have to be. So, enjoy his book like I did, but take his challenge to heart: be genuine, act out of love and not fear, and know that you aren't alone.
Easier read than done.