2 out of 4 stars
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When a man hits his lowest ebb in life, many of his actions may appear to the observer, as those of an unhinged soul. His speech might even be considered fanciful and demented. Author Dale Lisi has been to such a low point and back. In this book, he shares his experiences and the rationale behind his actions in his quest to grasp the mysteries of faith.
Dale has aptly named this book The Sound of One Hand Clapping. Divided into six parts, the first part comprises five chapters wherein he recounts his experiences, starting with the details of the boating accident that cost him an arm. In parts two to six, the author examines and explains some ancient occurrences he believes to have a bearing on life today, and ultimately in the future. An extensive examination of the Bible book of Revelations is also given, wherein the author furnishes readers with his conviction of what the signs, symbols, visions and prophecies contained in that Bible book mean.
One of my high points in this book is Dale’s sad but somewhat funny experience on his initial trip out to sea after his accident. He had prayed to God for help when he had problems with his boat and gave thanks when the boat worked. However, as soon as the boat stopped working, he got very angry and started cursing and hurling profanities; immediately regretting his trust in God and Jesus. After some time, he felt more composed and starts trying to make amends with them. This behavior is typical of many humans who believe in God, and points to a lack of true faith. Dale had a few more experiences of this nature, but he finally learns to have absolute trust in God.
Reading other people’s experiences is something I enjoy, which was one major reason I chose to read this book. Therefore, it was rather disappointing for me to discover that almost half of the book dwells on Dale’s religious beliefs. Some of these are things he has learned, and others are assumptions he believes to be true. While I terribly don’t mind him sharing his beliefs, a part of me felt somewhat sermonized.
This book is also in need of editing. The use of commas and semicolons is somewhat on the excessive side all through the book. The text also contains a lot of run-on sentences, and in the first part alone I found more than 10 errors. Therefore, I have decided to rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. However, Dale shares a thought provoking story that I believe everyone who enjoys memoirs may love. People who like deeply religious books may also like to give this one a go.
The Sound of One Hand Clapping
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