3 out of 4 stars
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As the Journey Begins by George Mills is a non-fiction book with elements of inspiration. The author pours his heart out while dishing valuable advice that would benefit anyone.
The author is on a quest to find a soulmate who's as beautiful as a wildflower. He has high expectations and is disappointed with the caliber of women in the dating market. He wants a God-fearing and virtuous woman who fits the description of Proverbs 31. He's also family oriented and wants a partner with the same priorities. He provides snippets of his childhood life and narrates some of the experiences that have shaped him to become who he is.
The author calls out inappropriate behavior without pointing fingers. I like that he doesn't condemn those who disobey God's word. He, however, advised that people should strive for integrity in every aspect of their lives. He's committed to his word and states that he would never ask a woman for sex unless he was married to her. From his explanations, readers can gauge themselves to see where they rank on the morality scale. Because the content is Christian oriented, the author includes Bible verses to back up his viewpoint.
The book consists of brief chapters which often read as stand-alone. The author's wit manifests in the words because he presents the content in a strict but thought-provoking manner. His spirit of adventure is evident. He went on a desert voyage, which led him to fall in love with an unnamed woman. He always asked God to point him in the direction of the right life partner and even when he was in the middle of nowhere, his faith never waned. He serves as an excellent example to believers because his life experiences are relatable. The author also iterates the true meaning of salvation and worship. He advises that people should put more thought into holidays like Easter and celebrate them in Spirit. I liked that he pointed this out because the number of believers keeps shrinking, and fewer people celebrate these holidays according to Christian tradition.
In the first quarter of the book, the author kept referring to a journey which never seemed to commence. I was frustrated at first but relieved when later on, he narrated the desert adventure. The bits about his personal life aren't the focus of the book, but he uses them for emphasis. The most disappointing thing is that the book contains multiple errors (mostly awkwardly worded sentences and misspelled words). These detracted from the reading experience, and a round of editing will eliminate them. For this reason, I will award this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I'll recommend it to those who are embarking on a religious quest, those who are looking to strengthen their Christian faith, and anyone looking for a philosophical read.
As the Journey Begins
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