This attractive little book is a call for individuals to begin an introspective personal examination to rid themselves of depression, fear and personal deprecatory thoughts to reach a point of understanding of the ‘real you’. Unlike most volumes providing thoughts to attempt this proposed transformation, the author has used an extended presentation of poems, with accompanying pertinent photographs, and likened ‘life’s journey’ to nature’s gentle but inexorable march through the seasons. It is beautifully designed with each descriptive photo accompanying the smooth flowing poetry. Additionally, and most helpfully for the reader who wishes to reread /study portions, the titled pictures, as well as the pertinent discussion (poetry) with appropriate page numbers, are listed at the end of the book along with a thoughtfully selected bibliography.
In summary, Winter’s Mystery is an attractive, thought- provoking book that reminds me somewhat of another I reviewed sometime in the past that was published in Scotland where, as I said, “people still occasionally take time to smell the roses”. Similarly, this presentation is not for everyone, and unfortunately in today’s frenetic world, perhaps will not be read by many who should. In fact, it probably is just for this reason – a world filled with disturbed and disgruntled people – that more readers should do themselves a favor and read this thoughtful, charming presentation.
Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
One sentence summary: Thought inspiring book; unfortunately it will be overlooked by those who need it most.