- Hardcover: 168 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (March 28, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449478867
- ISBN-13: 978-1449478865
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 4.8 inches
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The World Is Great, and I Am Small: A Bug's Prayer for Mindfulness Hardcover – March 28, 2017
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Since the debut of his international bestseller The Blue Day Book, Bradley Trevor Greive has become a household name in more than 115 countries. A former Australian paratrooper, BTG left the army to pursue more creative misadventures. He has been bitten by wild monkeys and rabid bats and was accepted into Russia's cosmonaut training program--though those incidents were, by and large, unrelated. BTG spends most of his time in a tiny Tasmanian hamlet.
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I was confident the the photos of insects would be one of the best aspects of this book, and they are. Taken from a variety of sources, they are not all beautiful, but they all express the infinite variety and color of the insect world. From the unquestionably ugly Dung Beetle (the author has a special love for beetles) to the stunning Morpho Butterfly, each insect's place in nature is presented as a metaphor for us to emulate. For example, we pray for the vision of the Dragonfly so we may see our "place in the universe for what it truly is." Like the Dung Beetle, we ask for the wisdom to "gaze upon all the crap life has strewn in (our) path and see it for the incredible opportunity that it is." The words of the prayer will appeal to most persons, unless you are very fundamentalist in your religious belief. In that case, you may be uncomfortable with a few lines of this prayer/poem, but you will probably appreciate most of it. Likewise, if you are an atheist, you may find the idea of prayer off-putting, but I urge you to give this little book a chance.
I read this book twice. The first time, I read the lovely introduction in which the author briefly describes his own spiritual journey. Then I read the prayer and contemplated the photos. When I got to the end of the prayer, I saw that the book had 45 more pages of notes and still more photographs. So I began this prayer again, but this time I read the notes as well. What a treasure they are! Greive is a born teacher, able to inject creative analogies and humor into what might otherwise be dry facts about the insect world. For example, rather than simply tell the reader that the male Green Grocer Cicada makes a drumming sound that exceeds 120 decibels, he adds that this is "roughly the same volume as Luciano Pavarotti singing 'Nessun Dorma' while wielding a chainsaw." In describing the Sugarbag Bee, he tells us that they do not sting, but when threatened will swarm as one to deter the threat, "similar to a flash mob, or the dance-fighting scenes in West Side Story. If push comes to shove, Sugarbag Bees settle their differences by wrestling." This superb use of metaphor gives the interested but uninformed reader a real appreciation of the infinite uses, colors, and variety of the insect world.
I recommend this book to nearly everyone. It is a thoughtful meditation that you will likely return to again and again.
All around us is this hidden world inhabited by millions of insects that are vital to our health and well-being. Like the sun, insects are essential to our life. Bradley Trevor Greive has thought about their meaning and purpose and first gives us his meditation about how insects connect us with God or the Spirit, whichever you choose. On page 38 Bradley tells us: “Amid the chaos and confusion of the twenty-first century, Please help me be as still as a stick insect.” And on the next page he concludes with “For only then can I appreciate the incredible beauty and wonder that surrounds me.” On the facing pages Bradley shows us two brightly colored insects to illustrate his points. He goes on to say: “Like a Dung Beetle, may I gaze upon all the crap life has strewn in my path And see it for the incredible opportunity that it is.” On the facing page he shows us a Dung Beetle with a large ball of waste matter the insect is pulling with its hind legs.
Bradley continues with pictures and similar thoughts until he says “Amen” to his prayerful musings on page 114. From this point on he begins an essay on the wonders of specific insects like Honeypot Ants that Australian Aboriginals consider a delicacy. Bradley tells us he would like to try some Honeypot Ants for dessert. And so it goes.
It took me a bit less than an hour to read this book and carefully look at all the pictures. I was sometimes amused by Bradley’s thoughts as he attempted to see the world from a bug’s perspective. He concludes that we are far grander than bugs, but in the whole scheme of things, we live on a small planet in a tiny corner of the universe. The world is great and we are small. I got the message.
Readers who want a chance to see the hidden world of insects in full color will be pleased with this little book and they will discover some inside information about the lives of these small creatures that surround us and have such an enormous impact on our lives. Readers who are looking for spiritual insight may be disappointed. Bradley is amusing, but not edifying. An hour is about the right about of time to spend with this book.
Don't ever let me forget how small I am is the ongoing theme that author Bradley Trevor Greive points out on every page of this small book that is mighty in it's lessons. There is a short and entertaining introduction in which the author explains his background in both religious studies and bug loving. The pages are full of photos of our miniscule insect neighbors. They are in no way icky or frightening; they're enchanting and beautiful. If you haven't been a devotee of the delightful insect world you will be by the time you finish this devotional.
I would recommend this tiny 4-1/2 inch book to young and old alike.
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