The Compass by Tammy Kling & John Spencer Ellis


 
 
In the cover jacket, this book is described as "more than a book…The Compass is a movement. And it’s about YOU – discovering what moves you, what inspires you and what mark you can make on the world."
 
This book is meant to guide you through the reader’s own personal journey of self discovery as we follow Jonathan, the protagonist’s adventure. As the book begins, Jonathan is embarking on an unplanned journey that takes him to a desert where he is saved from dehydration by Marilyn. She invites him to travel with him and thereby begins his journey of self-discovery to various places where he meets different people who help him through his grief and anger. Grief from losing his daughter and anger towards his wife for causing the accident as she texted and drove. Jonathan is in a sorry state when he meets these people – Marilyn from the desert, Pete from Aditrondacks NY, Solomon from Bucharest, Anja from Amsterdam, all of whom has a purpose and carry a message of hope to him.
 
Unfortunately, unlike The Monk who sold his Ferarri which had a similar storyline (to me), I did not achieve the objective as stated in the book. There was no Aha moment for me. It was just like reading another novel. On the positive side, the author dedicated the last chapter to inspirational quotes by famous people to ‘transform the reader’s life.’
 
This book may probably work for some, unfortunately not me.
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