Voltaire told us to “judge a man by his questions, not his answers.” I ask a lot of thought provoking questions in this ebook, all starting with the words – what if. We can barely go through life without asking what if about something. We are always questioning, always imagining. While the book takes a bit of a philosophical outlook on things, it also gives light humour that the average person can enjoy. The questions range from basic style choice to more controversial questions about life, and even about God’s existence. As Albert Einstein once said “the important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
This is a short book that can be read in one sitting, if you choose to. The author poses a series of questions, all beginning with, “What If?” Some of the topics are about the lottery, dressing for winter, culture/background, and Google.
This was an entertaining read. I enjoyed that some questions were light, while others were profound matters of faith. The author shares her own anecdotes and logic, while also using quotes from others that fit just right. I believe readers will enjoy WHAT IF: ALL YOU CAN IMAGINE and perhaps by the end, come up with some fun questions of their own because this book inspired them.
I received a copy of this book through Smashwords.
There are past events in the lives of almost all of us we wish we could change – especially if the event was tragic, resulting in the death of someone we loved. Such trauma leads to soul-searching, trying to find a reason that makes sense of something that strikes us as senseless. Portals, at its core, explores a simple question: If I could change the past, would I? It sounds like a simple question. As the novel reveals, it isn’t. Wrapped up in the eight small words encompassing this question is the sum of our personal world view, the lens through which we interpret the world around us. Key to our perspective is what we believe-or don’t believe-about God. If we believe we are a product of time and chance working the miracle of life upon the material universe unguided, then how we respond to the question might be quite different from someone who contends that a loving God is actively concerned with our personal welfare? in spite of any appearance to the contrary.
For Jesse, the question is no longer rhetorical. His wife, Ellen, drowned in Stillman’s Lake when the two were celebrating their sixth anniversary . Now, three years later, Jesse is given a chance to go back and change the events of that fateful day. As with our own, Jesse’s world is made up of other people, each with his or her personal world view. Each with his or her own perspective on the questions we all have about where we came from, why we’re here and what the future may hold. It is through the hearts, minds, experiences, words and actions of these other individuals – some close to Jesse and others of more casual acquaintance – that Portals gives an opportunity to explore the merits of the varied opinions.
This is the second book review where I actually know the author, and it’s fun to match the person I know in real life against their body of work. In the case of Portals by Michael Kimball, his work reflects his personality. He’s a master storyteller and I found that to be true of his writing in Portals. He paints a beautiful picture on page one full of imagery and emotion, and he doesn’t let up. There are a lot of emotions and thought-provoking issues to dwell on long past the last page of Portals, and Michael does a great job telling the story, painting the scene, and leaving the reader with a vivid emotional experience.
My writer’s eye picked up on minor dialogue and editing issues that a seasoned critique group would be helpful, but in no way as a reader do those items take away from the storytelling aspect of Portals that I enjoyed so much.
If you enjoy a haunting, thought-provoking novel that makes you think long after the last page, I definitely recommend Portals.
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I received a PDF from the author in exchange for an honest review.