Book Review: Sunrise, Sunset

Published on: November 18, 2015

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Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude, photographed by Kim Weiss, reviewed by Barbara Willeford
Inspirations by Rev Temple Hayes, Judith Orloff, Jack Canfield and many more of our inspirational leaders

Both words, sunrise and sunset, bring to us memories of moments when we were wrapped in beautiful splendor—a moment with a friend, our first love, or a moment of quiet contemplation—filled to overflowing. Kim Weiss, a magnificent photographer, and the inspirational writers have each caught the essence of these moments in authenticity and deep understanding.

From the dedication, which I love: “Dedicated to the ones I love (sung in the key of glee),” to the back page that says: “The Same Vista, Never the Same Sun,” this book is awe-inspiring.

Back Page Musings

Our days begin and end the same way, with the rising and setting of the sun. Sometimes brilliant and intense, other times subdued and shrouded in clouds–like life itself—the perspective may change even when the vantage point does not. It is a gentle reminder to begin each day with awe and wonder, and end with reflection and gratitude.

Laid out as a weekly inspiration with a photograph of either a sunrise or sunset and an inspirational piece of writing, it touches both the mind and soul. One of the things I love to do, when I need to hear something and do not know what it is, is to randomly open a book and read what is there for me.

This is the perfect book for that. You not only have inspiring words, you also have a beautiful photograph to fill your senses. It is a small book (6” x 6”) and easy to carry in your purse, set by your bed, or place on your coffee table to share with friends.

Printed on high-quality, glossy paper, it even feels good to the touch. So as you go through each page, you have within your hands quality which only adds to the enjoyment and appreciation of the whole experience that is here for you in this beautiful book.

I think that Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude is a book you will not only enjoy for yourself, but it is a book that can be given as a birthday gift, a gift to give a friend experiencing any challenge of the heart, or just to say I like you.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Aid to Victims of Abuse (AVDA) so that women and children who have lived in fear can begin tomorrow with hope.

I recommend this book with joy.

Barbara Willeford

Barbara is the church administrator at Unity of Independence, Mo., and a former Silent Unity prayer associate. She ponders the meaning of life while enjoying nature.

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