4 out of 5 stars
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Sunshine Among the Clouds: Bouncing Between Love and Loss in Life is Dan “Axe” DeKruif’s story of his life thus far. He wrote this book from two different perspectives. Sunshine is the name he uses for his girlfriend of six and a half years. It describes her happy personality. He wrote the first half of the book from a dark perspective. It focuses on fear, low self-esteem, drinking, fighting, and speeding. The second half of the book focuses on all the positive aspects of his life. He was a mechanical engineer with a job that he enjoyed, he had a wonderful girlfriend, he had a motorcycle shop where he made custom bikes, and he had a love for fast cars. It is amazing how this change of perspective changes everything. Life is good.
I like Mr. DeKruif’s work ethic. He was a very bright child and knew that he wanted to go to college. He also knew that if that were going to happen, he would have to start saving money. He went from delivering newspapers to working at a grocery store, a restaurant, and construction. He was small, so he worked out regularly to gain muscle mass. He was not athletic. He had a heart condition that accounted for his low endurance levels. He kept up his grades and excelled in school. He believed that if you work hard, good things will happen.
I enjoyed the book and the way that it showed how perspective changes everything, but I had difficulty with a common typing issue throughout the book. There were numerous places where a space was needed yet two words were combined. For this reason, I am rating this book as four out of five stars.
I recommend this book, especially to people who enjoy motorcycles, cars, racing, and speed. People interested in psychology, relationships, and romance will also enjoy this book. There are references to the Catholic church as Mr. DeKruif was brought up there, but all denominations can enjoy this book. I recommend a mature audience due to his reckless nature and excessive speed mixed with alcohol.
Sunshine Among the Clouds
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