A Dangerous Way to Live


I watched the movie trailer of The Giver. I was confused.

Then I read the synopsis of the book on wikipedia. (I know, not the best source.) Still confused.

Eventually, I thought maybe I should just read the real actual book.

When in doubt, read the book.


Jonas lives in a ‘perfect’ community without war, pain, suffering, differences or choices. At age 12 he is chosen to take the place of The Giver, the memory keeper, who must transfer all the memories of humanity to Jonas.

When he feels love for the first time- “I can see that it was a dangerous way to live.”

Though the memories of suffering, pain, and loss are excruciating they change the course of Jonas life. The story is a beautiful parable of how we need to keep telling stories.


If the stories of the past are not in our proximity, we too easily forget.

If stories of present challenges are not in our proximity, we too easily ignore.


At the conclusion of the book, I read Lois Lowry’s Newberry Award acceptance speech. Best take away: We can’t live only us, only now. 


Live dangerously.

Draw up close.



What book has touched you with deeper meaning?





6 thoughts on “A Dangerous Way to Live

  1. For me, it was Al Sever’s “Xin Loi, Viet Nam”; he made me understand that I was not weird for finding epiphany in a firefight, and he opened my eyes to the paradigm that it is responsibility and not rights for which we have been created.

    These concepts had been floating around my mind for a couple of decades; he gave them form. And in the process, I was liberated from regret that as I am dying, most of my dreams are unfulfilled.

    because i did my duty.

    • I love this. No regret. Often I think God had bigger and better dreams for us than we could plan for ourselves… like all the dogs you have cared for so lovingly and selflessly.

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