One of the people who reads my emails reached out a few months back and asked if I’d be willing to share his book with more people.
About 99% of the time, I say “No” for a variety of reasons. The least of which being that the person usually doesn’t make any effort to connect with me as a person. That, and generally the books people send me are not relevant to where I’m at in my life… and if I’m not interested, the book will usually just sit on a shelf and eventually get donated to Goodwill.
MSIA is a wonderful spiritual organization founded by John-Roger. In addition to their teachings, they also produce Hollywood-level production spiritual movies such as Spiritual Warriors (which I reviewed about half a decade ago). Every interaction I’ve had with MSIA has been wonderful, including attending one of their workshops and a couple of their movie premiere screenings in San Francisco.
In other words, when Keith said he worked for MSIA there was instant rapport and he was already good in my book. The question I had was: Was his book actually good?
The second reason his book captured my attention is because my son is now 7-years old, and the book was just right for his age. This means I don’t have to spend weeks or months reading a book to review it. I simply gave it a skim to make sure it was congruent with the core values I wish to impart with my son, and then read it to my son.
My son enjoyed the book, so that was a win. And the message of the book is an important one for all children:
You can lose lots of things that don’t matter, as long as you keep the one thing that does: your true self.
Whether you call that your heart, your essence, your soul, doens’t matter. The message lands with any religion or spiritual path.
One of the characters, who I’ll refer to as the ‘Trickster,’ showed up in different ways throughout the illustrations in the book. I thoroughly enjoyed watching my son look at each page and remark about how the Trickster was trying, again, to trick the main character. My son found this kind of discovery to be delightful, and his enjoyment certainly elevates my review of this book.
Long story short: If you have a young child (probably Kindergarten through 2nd grade), then I highly recommend “Funny Pennies.”