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- Print Length: 389 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 12, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NJBHSXY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"BECAUSE is a deeply moving, emotionally-powerful tale of intertwined lives, and of finding strength to go on in the face of utter despair. There are multiple stories braided into the main plot, as each of the characters has a voice and a tale of their own. Robert's story, therefore, is reflected in the stories of those he's helped as well as those who want to help him, giving the book a multifaceted perspective and adding deeper emotional and philosophical layers to the plot. This is a heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting book, and there isn't a character who doesn't have a substantial, painful tragedy to wrestle with...
BECAUSE is a book full of both emotional intensity and real philosophical and psychological insight."
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW - Small Press Bookwatch November 2015 Issue
"A deftly crafted novel and an absorbing read from beginning to end, "because" is a compelling and thoroughly entertaining novel that documents author Jack Langedijk's truly exceptional storytelling skills..." - Midwest Book Review
KIRKUS REVIEWS MAGAZINE - August 15, 2015 Issue
"...Langedijk has lots to say about courage, compassion, redemption, and self-worth...
Meditations on some of life's biggest questions as told through some harrowing experiences." - Kirkus Reviews
Amazon.ca Top 100 Reviewer, Charles Dimov
I cannot say enough about Jack Langedijk's book. I just finished reading it - and am feeling completely inspired.
For anyone facing change, a challenge, or hardship - this is a wonderful book to read. It takes you through a tragic part of a remarkable man's life... and looks at his transformation and ability to cope/or not - with the biggest hurdle of his life.
It is a fantastic character development story, with an emotional punch. If you are going through any hardship, or challenge - you will want to read Because. There were emotional moments that gripped you in a pit of despair... with a breakthrough moment that brings you back to that sense of clarity - to see the path forward.
This gripping novel has renewed my own hope in my personal challenges.
If you are looking for an inspiring novel - to get you back on your feet and ready to re-appreciate life... this is the one for you!
I loved every minute of it!
I will be recommending Because to my friends! :-)
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This is not a simple story. The drama is complicated, the story is revealed subtly. The dimensions of Robert's past and present, the intricacies of his relationships, were revealed in an ever-deepening cascade of naked truths until I, the reader, felt so deeply entrenched in all that made up the layers of Robert's life that I simply had to finish reading. I rushed headlong and with utter abandon towards the ending, with an aching need to know that this beautiful person would be OK in the end. You'll have to read it yourself to find out. Read the first chapter and you'll be hooked. You too will need to know that Robert and Monique will be OK.
If you read one book this year, one book that you will think over and mull over and allow to seep slowly and deeply into the marrow of your soul, let this book be it. And then, when you've finished reading it, spend some time to find the "Robert" in your own life. There's a little bit of “Because” in all of us, I believe, and I owe Mr. Langedijk a debt of gratitude for the gift this book has brought to my own life.
The story tells of the life of a smart, dedicated and, at times, mightily confused man--Robert Sanchez. He inspires others to overcome their doubts and aspire to a happy life. But when a disaster hits him, Robert didn't know how to deal with it. That's when I started to get sick of his incessant self pity. A totally unexpected and very creative ending brought me back to liking the character and the book.
A novel where we believe it was written for us, and at the perfect time in our lives.
I believe this book needs to be in schools, through a story to teach our children lessons and values.
Through Roberts journey we realize we have all traveled through the same journeys, learning the lessons of life. The lessons become like "Oprah's light bulb moments". We learn we are all human, we all have pain,failures and triumph's. Not only are we transported to Robert and Monique's world, we are also transported back to our own. The AH HA moment...
The book captivated me, I couldn't put it down.
I learned a lot about myself, through Roberts life.
I wondered through the book how it would end, and it wasn't disappointing.
BRAVO JACK A LANGEDIJK
I can't wait for another book.
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The narrative moves easily and fluidly from past to present, allowing the author to tell many connected stories, while maintaining a cohesive narrative thread, each chapter building the momentum of the story and fleshing out characters, but never causing the story to lag.
I tend to be put off by anything remotely emotional, or inspirational but this book manages to be both without being mawkish or weepy. Dialogue is particularly good, really well written and engaging. The characters are moody and the main character is even downright unlikeable at times.
The author doesn’t gloss over the main characters despair, but rather builds the story and to a believable and satisfying conclusion, with each story line reaching a believable transcendence over the characters struggles or limitations. This really was an inspiring story. Considering my own hesitation about the genre, I was very, very impressed and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read. I look forward to more work by this author.
While reading this book, you'll find yourself going through the emotions along with Robert as he deals with how the drastic changes in his physical-self affects how he sees himself and his interactions with others. Eventually, leading up to his need to re-examine his life and how he now fits in it.
Jack Langedijk, through his intricate weaving of characters throughout Robert's lifetime, causes you to reflect on the many guides, mentors (or "sherpas" if you will) that you come across in your own life. You're sure to relate with one or more of the diverse characters in this book. "Because" has you move from each characters' past, present and future; their troubled life's journey before meeting Robert, how they met Robert, and how he has a positive affect with their present (and perhaps future) direction in life. Like Robert, you can be a mentor and have many of your own (experiencing either circumstance unintentionally). The jumping back and forth through time as each character is introduced might be confusing for some; I thought the different flow added to their character development which helped me connect with some of their personality traits.
Experiencing drastic change through Robert's eyes reminded me of the adage "people are in your life for a reason, a reason or for a lifetime". "Because had me realize that there's a purpose for all interactions - to learn from others, to teach others or re-assess yourself!) An instance of this for me in the book (relax...no spoiler alert is required :)!) dealt with a character (who I felt was a positively-influential "random sherpa") that inspired Robert (and me) simply through a casual yet powerful interaction unintentionally changing his negatively-constrictive mindset (you know - the "stuck-in-a-rut" perspective we can sometimes find ourselves dealing with). Life is filled with many unrecognized moments of guidance leading to self-discovery. Like Robert, we can easily pigeon-hole ourselves into a role that "defines who you are supposed to be" forgetting that we're allowed to be flexible... Thankfully, our "random sherpas" encountered throughout life remind us that we can change - ideally for the better!
In reference to the background theme of rock-climbing in "because", scale your self-induced fears and embark on your journey to self-fulfilment and discovery. "Because" surprisingly opened my eyes to creating change instead of waiting for change. Who would think that embarking on an inspiring journey of self-discovery could start from reading a random book? For that reason alone, I highly recommend this book!because
Who is Robert Sanchez, and what is his problem? This is the question I asked myself throughout the book. The more I discovered about Robert, the more these questions became my own personal and introspective journey. As a special education resource teacher I know all too well that we are all handicapped in some ways, just as we are talented in other ways. Understanding this is the key to happiness. ‘Because’ is an inspirational journey that is sure to lead to enlightenment for all who take that path. ‘Because’ is both the answer, and the question, to better self-understanding and happiness.