It's healthy for us rabid readers to meet authors. It keeps us from getting too cynical about books, and reminds us that authors are people too. I've definitely been guilty of ripping apart books on Goodreads or on SOI, but the more authors I meet (regardless of the quality of their work), the more I temper my public criticism of books that I don't care for. Meeting authors reminds me to be grateful for the incredible service they do us readers.
The latest published author that I met was Jared Brock. I met Jared "Jay" Brock after he spoke at our church one Sunday night. He was the genuine sort of guy. You know, the one who talks to you like he's known you forever because he's interested, not because he wants to sell his book (even if that was his ulterior motivate, he hid it very well, haha). Originally, I wasn't going to buy his book, but after talking to him and having my heart warmed, I wanted to support this author. So I bought his book.
This was one of those cases where I would have loved his book without having even met him.
I don't want to do a full fledged review, but I did want to offer a little insight into why I thought this book was so great. I thought a list was the perfect, brief option for that. So without further adieu, here's a list of why I liked A Year of Living Prayerfully:
- Brock has got a great voice and sense of humor
- Brock isn't afraid of exploring the fringes of Christianity in search of truth
- As a mix of memoir and reflection, it was easy to read, and didn't read like a prayer manual. That being said...
- I learned some valuable methods to introduce to my own prayer life
- As Brock is from Ontario, some of the places he mentioned were familiar which was neat (us Canadians have got to stick together!)
Having an experience like this just reinforces the importance of meeting authors. Not all author's you'll meet will write great books, but meeting them will help humanize the people that create the works that we all enjoy so profusely.
Have you met any authors? Did you have any experiences like me? Did you have a negative experience? Any authors you want to meet? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments!
Reading: The Unlikely Hero in Room 13b by Teresa Toten for the Make Me Read It Readathon
Listening: All Sons and Daughters
Watching: Rookie Blue