1. Because it’s a great book. There’s an interesting little story on each page about a character or a historical event, a piece of classical poetry and an inspiring thought for the day.
2. Because this book will improve anyone’s general knowledge. I didn’t know that Sartre refused the Nobel Prize, that Rimbaud wrote all his poems before he was 21 or Che Guevara had an Irish ancestry.
3. Because the author is a really nice person. I have known Chris for a few years, we worked for the same rehab clinic, him as an addiction therapist and blogger, me as a blog editor. He is 75 and before becoming a therapist, he was a chartered accountant. This is his first book and every sold copy will support him in his future writing projects. Read more about Chris’s life here.
4. Because I really enjoyed working to get Chris’s manuscript ready for publishing. I was one of the editors, I formatted the e-book version and I was there throughout the whole production process. I have seen others being inspired by Chris’s book and getting involved.
5. For those who can’t afford to get the book, Chris is sending a daily page via email newsletter. Each email also contains a photo picked by me. Visit Chris’s website to subscribe.
6. Because I have read this book several times and each time felt uplifted by something in it, whether it was a strange happening, a verse or a wise thought. It doesn’t get boring.
7. Because it’s sometimes funny, and sometimes very solemn. Here is an example: “The story goes that young Mozart slipped and fell on the polished floor. Marie Antoinette [the future French Queen], who was almost exactly the boy’s age, caught him. He kissed her and told her ‘I’ll marry you some day.’ They never met again. Mozart died aged 35 in December 1791 – Marie Antoinette went to the guillotine in 1793.”
8. Because it’s a great Christmas gift.
9. Because it’s an awesome New Year gift.
10. Because it’s an awesome timeless gift.
PS: Today, Amazon is giving away the Poetry Changes Lives e-book for free.