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Friday, October 7, 2011

The Catholic Company Book Review - "Why am I Here?" by Matthew Kelly

Internationally renowned speaker & author, Matthew Kelly, has written his first book for children. Why am I Here? is the story of Max, a little boy who wants to know why he is here on earth. Max asks his grandfather while they are fishing one Saturday. Following the theme of Matthew Kelly's other books, Grandpa tells Max that his purpose is to become the best version of himself. Trying to be someone or something other than himself will only result in failure (an important lesson for all of us!)

Throughout the rest of the book, we see Max making choices by asking himself which will result in a better version of himself. We also see how his new view of life affects others, encouraging them to do the same.
He doesn't always make to right choice...but then again, do we?

I found this to be a delightful book for children & adults. The cartoon-like illustrations by Hazel Mitchell are so wonderful & really add to the story. Pay close attention to the fishing scenes with Grandpa!

Being the best version of yourself is a goal for each of us to reach for. Each day, we are faced with choices...some good, some not so good. The choice becomes simple if we only think of it in terms of our life's goal.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Why Am I Here?. They are also a great source for a Catechism of the Catholic Church or a Catholic Bible.