“Keep the Light” by Myron Stenzel Book Review

By Ruth on September 18, 2014 in book, review

keep the lightAbout the Book

When he finished, the waves washed away a message that he offered to the heavens and the ocean. “”I believe in God and the sea, believe in me.”” As the two walked up the beach towards the house, you could almost hear the waves say the words Jim gave the ocean to keep forever. Chances. We all have taken them in our lives. For Jim Harris, he has taken the biggest chance of all. Giving up everything to chase a career. The one thing that he didn’t count on was that the chance he was taking would lead him to what he needed most in life, the true love of a woman. Keep the Light is a story of family, friendship, true love, and taking that chance. Author Myron Stenzel invites you to take a chance by reading this story of true love. In the end, you will look inside your own self and envision your dreams and passions, and you will forever keep the true meaning of life in your heart-love.
Keep the LightKeep the Light by Myron Stenzel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the vast sea of books available to read in this day and age, it can be a challenge to decide which one to choose. Some want romances. Others would prefer inspirational reads. And even others long for a simple, peaceful book to read as they curl up for some quiet time of reflection. All too often, it can be impossible to find a book that will meet all these requirements, but I do believe that I have found one–this book. It encapsulates all those genres and more, and better still, it can be read in one setting.

Within the pages of this debut novel, the reader will be delighted to find a generally relatable cast of characters as well as a story that reads quite conversationally. Although the story is predictable at times, the reader should be able to find something within the essence of this story that inspires and refreshes him/her. If nothing else, the reader can count on stirring poetry at strategic points within the story that will remind him/her that light can be attained in any situation.

My complaints regarding this book are few and far between, and they also are more personal preference than anything else. It is important to note that there is extremely mild profanity (I was not offended by it–hardly worth mentioning), and there were some intimate scenes without detail. Additionally, I struggled to connect with the character of Dana, but that is due to my own concept of what women should be. Sometimes the writing was a bit choppy and as refined as I prefer, but I believe that future books from this author will only improve.

The most important thing to point out is that the author’s zeal and passion to inspire others is readily apparent. This is a short, poignant book that will cause you to think and reflect if nothing else. I would list this book high on my list of recommended reading.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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“Flight 347 will be boarding in ten minutes. Please  make sure you have your boarding pass and check
for all your personal belongings around you.”

It sounds  like another PA message at the airport, but for Jim, it was
a call to his new life and a new start. At thirty-nine years of age, Jim Harris was a licensed architect. Jim
was a decent built man. He had thick brown hair with hazel eyes. He stood six foot two inches tall and weighed
around 190 pounds. He worked as an independent because he liked the challenge and enjoyed coming up
with his own ideas. The market was tough; most people relied on bigger firms and well-known companies. Money
was okay; however, the bigger projects eluded him due to being self-employed, which meant that it took more
time for one person to design and develop the drawings. Most clients felt more secure with a corporation that had
financial stability than an independent architect.

Jim sat there motionless, deep in his own thoughts. Was he doing the right thing? Was he better off just
staying in the Midwest and designing residential homes and not taking such a risk? If he got up and went home, it would be a life half lived in his eyes. He wanted to take this chance to make a name for himself. He wanted to
make a name for himself where no one knew who he was. He believed in his ability; however, he needed others to
believe in it.

Myron StenzelAbout the Author

Myron Stenzel was born and raised in the small Western Kansas town of Ness City. His career path has been in the engineering design field which he studied and graduated in 1998 from NWKTC in Goodland, KS. He also received his Associates Degree in Engineering Technology from Colby Community College in Colby Community College in Colby, KS in 1998. Although his studies and professional career have been in drafting and design, Myron has always possessed the power of writing. He found his niche for writing while in college and over the years he has favored the art of writing poetry and short stories.

Myron believes inspiration comes in many forms and in many ways throughout one’s life. He believes that the “power of the pen” allows him to express life’s true meanings. His belief is there is no topic he cannot write about if he is truly inspired. Myron believes God has allowed him to pursue a passion for writing and he feels blessed every day to be published and to be able to share his vision with all who wants to be inspired.

He invites everyone to take a journey through these pages and hopes you will hold on to one of it’s many meanings and forever know that life is about chance, take it.

Be sure to check out the author on facebook, twitter, goodreads, and his website.  Also check out his interview here.

Additionally, watch for an upcoming giveaway from this author to be posted late tonight.

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  1. Vicki September 18, 2014 Reply

    This sounds so good! And that cover…beautiful!!
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