Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.
June 25, 2021
Looking Back - A Parting Gift
A Parting Gift by Ben Erickson
2000 Warner Books
Read in May 2000
Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)
When his eldest son was about to graduate from high school, Ben Erickson, an award-winning furniture maker, decided that he wanted to give him something unique, something that would last him the rest of his life. And so he wrote his son a story, a moving tale of love and loss, friendship and wisdom.
At seventeen, all Josh Bell is sure of is his love of surfing--everything else is up for grabs. The child of a broken home and about to graduate from high school, he has no idea what he'll do with his life. But when Josh meets a reclusive widower named William Davis, he gets some unexpected help. Intent on collecting the stories and hard-won lessons of his eighty-four years, Mr. Davis convinces Josh to help him record his memories. As the colorful tales unfold, Mr. Davis gains something he thought he had lost forever: a sense of purpose and fulfillment. And as he is slowly drawn deeper into the old man's world, Josh realizes that his life is just beginning and that his future is one of new wonders and endless possibilities.
My Original Thoughts (2000):
A very good, heartwarming story. Not as emotional of a read as Tuesdays With Morrie and definitely not as sappy as Nicholas Sparks' books.
My Current Thoughts:
I've held on to this book for so many years, always hoping to make time to give it a second reading. I remember how much I loved it the first time around, so I hope it doesn't disappoint when I finally pick it up again.