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To Hold The Sun Paperback – April 22, 2013
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2014 Bronze Medal Winner - Inspirational Fiction - Readers' Favorite International Book Awards.
So much more than just an original, engaging, and consistently entertaining story, "To Hold The Sun" can be viewed by the reader as a kind of guide or blueprint to live life in a way that would enable an appreciation of the journey and not just the destination. An expertly crafted work from beginning to end, "To Hold The Sun" is enthusiastically recommended reading and will prove an enduringly popular addition to community library collections!
-- Midwest Book Review
Chas describes the spiritual warrior's journey in way that makes you want to come along, roll up your sleeves, and do the work required to become the best version of you there is!
-- Timber Hawkeye, Buddhist Boot Camp
"Throughout the book, he shares words of wisdom so the reader can remember why they are here on earth. He helps point out that the journey can be just as great or even better than our final destination. Watkins reminds readers to be thankful for what we have, our surroundings, the Earth and loved ones who make the journey worth it."
-- Portland Review gives it 5 Stars "Next to "Gospel" rating
5 out of 5! I highly recommend this book to others, youth and adults. Normally, my respect for books makes me reluctant to mark them in any way, but in reading this book, I found myself highlighting favorite quotes and passages and writing notes in the margins. It's definitely a keeper to add to our own library. This book is not just to be read; it should be pondered, absorbed, practiced, shared, and discussed. I plan to re-read it with my own son and do just that. The author is working on a second book, and I am eagerly looking forward to reading that one as well.
-- San Francisco Book Review
The author's admirable philosophy of life shines through this well-constructed, engaging story... Watkins may have intended "To Hold The Sun" for his children, but it is just as much a gift for the reader, who is sure to be enlightened by the main character’s noble perspective on life. This is a little gem of a book.
-- Foreword Clarion Reviews
The book is fantastic! Filled with many practical techniques and information to help anyone be happy. The information is spread through a very comfortable, inviting story. It's an easy read.
--Judith Joy, author of Surviving Your Teenager...And Being Happy Anyway.
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"Once you begin this book, you won't put it down!"
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"A great read from start to finish...you won't be disappointed."
"What a beautiful letter to send his children off into the world."
"A delightful and engaging read... Both intelligent and playful,
"A great read that I didn't put down until I was finished"
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Each chapter details one of the reporter's interviews/interactions with Paul which become a series of lessons on Paul's life philosophy - consciously living in a way that promotes happiness and positive emotions as opposed to self-defeating and negative ones. The book is well constructed with a story line engaging enough to bring the reader along through the "lesson" component and want to keep reading. The characters are sympathetic, relatable and the dialog flows with a natural ease (quite a feat considering this is the authors first novel he even handles Carib-english dialogues and accents with a deft touch that gives the impression of having been edited and published before). The life-lessons embedded in each chapter are relevant in that they address issues that all of us have struggled with (whether we are self-aware enough to admit it is another topic and one that is addressed early in the book). More importantly the tools/means to address these issues are presented in a way that seems eminently logical and implementable, likening our emotional and mental responses to that of a physical responses. Just as we can exert self-control over and train certain muscles in our body to achieve goals in a efficient way, we can condition our emotional and mental responses to similarly positive ends.
I normally like to read book cover-to-cover but with "To Hold the Sun" I found myself pausing after each chapter to fully absorb the lesson contained within and even put it into practice. And guess what? It works! This is a thoroughly enjoyable and absolutely usable guide to living life with greater happiness and contentment.
I have to say that "To Hold The Sun" is nothing like those other books! I've known the author for as long as he's been on the island so I was interested to read more of his take on Roatan, to understand his version of island life. This book is so much more than that. It's a great story based on teaching a valuable life lesson. While the setting of this book on Roatan certainly adds interest to people that live or visit here, the locale is not the important aspect of the book. The underlying lesson is the real jewel of this book.
Read the book, enjoy the vivid descriptions of our island, but most importantly - listen to what the story is really telling you!
Come to Roatan - go to West Bay beach early one morning - maybe you'll happen to see a whacky gringo doing a one-armed handstand on a pier!
Great job Chas!