Short essays by Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D., the author of TING AND I: A Memoir of Love, Courage and Devotion, published in September 2011 by Outskirts Press (Parker, CO, USA), available from outskirtspress.com/tingandi, Barnes and Noble [bn.com], and Amazon [amazon.com], in paperback or ebook formats. Please visit us at tingandi.com for more information.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
REVIEW OF: BEFORE I WON
The cover shows someone
climbing a steep incline, the runner getting bigger as he makes progress toward
the top. It is surprisingly inartful for a cover by an artist like the writer,
but it is consistent with the gritty candor of Tomas Veres’s text itself.
Tom Seed was not welcome
at birth, nor through much of his first two decades, spending some hellish
times at home, in school, in prison, on the streets. A lesser person would be
crushed, and he nearly was. In turning his life around, he absorbed lessons from
the homeless, from business owners, from books and motivational speakers. His
efforts mostly met with heartbreaking failure.
The advice of one man, a
successful entrepreneur, John, gave Tom the key: find what you are unusually
good at, your particular gift, and pursue that intensively. Tom's pursuit was
difficult, but his achievement was richly rewarding.
This is a Horatio Alger,
up from the muck, book, filled with the lessons from Tom's valuable experience,
and I found it compulsive reading.
Its shortcomings are
largely cosmetic: the bland cover, the unattractive interior formatting, and
the typos detract from the storyline. Its strengths are more important: we
learn from Tom's book what he had to learn from bitter experience. I was
inspired to look at my own life in a different light, a gift from this talented