Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Story of the Sun: Book Review


Title: The Story of the Sun
ISBN: 978-1504387682
Author: Anne Hunter Logue
Price: $15.79 | 26 pages
Genre: Fiction; Children’s Literature
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble

“The Story of the Sun” shares the tale of our innocence, our disillusionment and then our renewed faith. It uses the sun as a metaphor to represent life and our journey through life, creating a parallel with our relationship to the Sun and the beauty of the Sun and our relationship to our higher self and a higher power. Using descriptions about nature and returning to the simplicity that we find in Nature, Logue creates a simple tale with a profound message, affirming our place on Earth and demanding our respect for Mother Earth and all that she offers her inhabitants.


The book “The Story of the Sun” is quite unlike anything I have read before it. On one hand, it is a very simple to read and understand children’s book that follows the path of a simple story. The story is about the sun, how it brings day and night, and how its light reveals mankind’s evolution, while providing what we need to survive, without being directly involved. The illustrations show the sun as emotional, most generally smiling, but sometimes growing sad about the actions that humankind makes, using wisdom born of her gifts, until that wisdom is taken for granted. Generally this type of books centers on a good lesson. This story, however, takes a different approach. Its lessons are neither simple, nor singular. This book instead is an abstract progression that, using wisdom, can hold many different messages. 

If I told you a joke, but didn’t explain it and it didn’t make you laugh right away, that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a funny joke. It might be that you don’t understand the joke at first, but later when you are lying down, you might start laughing because you figured out why the joke was funny and it made sense to you. This is how I view this book. It takes thought to truly comprehend. The very last page explains a little about the author (Anne Hunter Logue), what she has been through, and the things she devoted herself to after what can be described as a tragedy befell her. Like the author, this book’s path to reason is fueled by many different sources. There is a common thread however, there is always a common thread, that thread is the sun. 

Everything we do, from telling time, to scheduling work, has evolved from what we know and have learned about the sun and its daytime and nighttime cycles. Whether direct or indirect, the sun has in some way influenced each and every part of this world we share. Whether we care or do not care, whether we are aware or unaware, the sun rises and sets each day and reappears to begin the following day. By nature, we tend to take things for granted, this is a personal experience and also a choice, if an unintentional choice. The sun provides heat, light, life. I have always felt attached to the sun, so this book and its many messages mean a lot to me. There are so many meanings and special qualities the sun has; it is massive, but appears so small. The sun is so powerful that staring at it for short periods of time can permanently damage your eyes, despite it being tens of millions of miles away. 

In a world full of great and passing wonders, as well as many distractions, we would do ourselves a huge favor by slowing down and taking time to appreciate things such as the sun. We can do nothing to take care of the sun, or damage it, but we can take better care of the things that the sun shines light on every day. The sun is objective and doesn’t care, but it will always reveal things in a very real and straightforward way, it has helped us create very complex systems, but it also reveals our wrongdoing. The sun will rise to start tomorrow and whether we take a second to appreciate the light and opportunity that come with a new day, or engage ourselves with other things and take all the sun reveals, brings, and provides for granted; it will always be there. That is a quality that only the sun carries, and (like this story) it is special, even if it doesn’t make immediate sense to everyone. I would suggest that everyone read it and consider what it means, or reveals, to them.  

For perhaps billions of years, the sun hasn’t changed much at all. Our power to decide isn’t a direct gift of the sun, but the sun has helped us a lot along the way in figuring things out. We can learn a lot from days that have past. There are lessons that the sun’s light has revealed that can help us move forward  in a positive way, and mistakes that have been illuminated that can help us avoid the wrong path. Our power of choice, however, is ours on an individual level, to squander or embrace. We should appreciate all that we have to appreciate, and let the sun shine on positive moments in history that we create and others may someday find as a source of inspiration and encouragement. 

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