Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Renaissance of the Essay

Life Goes On: More Essays on Life, 
Baseball, and Things that Matter 
by Mark J. Ehlers 

From the author of Eat Bananas and Follow Your Heart comes a new collection of personal essays on life, baseball, and things that matter. Part memoir and part reflection, Ehlers addresses life in all its dimensions; the passage of time and of unmet dreams, the conflicts of faith in a secular age, the redeeming quality of the human spirit, and a lifelong bond with baseball. It is for anyone who believes that life is too precious to cease thinking and learning, and recognizes that, in the words of Abraham Joshua Heschel, "There is no human being who does not carry a treasure in his soul: a moment of insight, a memory of love, a dream of excellence..." 

I believe human interaction is at its best when people are not afraid to reveal themselves, when we are open to civil discourse and healthy give-and-take on matters of substance. Besides, the weather has never been all that interesting to me.  --from Life Goes On
In Life Goes On, Ehlers breathes new life into a neglected form through masterfully crafted, universally relatable, and deeply personal essays. 

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Eat Bananas and Follow Your Heart: Essays on Life, Politics, Baseball and Religion by Mark J. Ehlers.  

An inspirational and thought-provoking  collection of essays on life, politics, baseball, and religion. Eat Bananas and Follow Your Heart is a book for anyone who believes that life is too short to remain uninvolved, time too precious to cease learning, thinking, caring, and laughing.
It was not until I turned 50 earlier this year . . . that I sensed for the first time that certain of my dreams may forever be deferred, that time is a gift, its limits felt with the passing of each year. Though it seems as if I need constant reminding that I am no longer a young man, fresh from law school, determined to accomplish high-minded things, I remain confident and sure of myself about certain matters, full of doubts and insecurities about others. But I now recognize  and feel, gradually and incrementally, the burdens of aging . . . I know that life is not forever. Mortality awaits me and, for the first time in my life, I am truly aware of its dimensions. This is not necessarily a bad thing, for it forces one to recognize the truly important things in life -- family, relationships, closeness with God, and the true meaning of success. As Albert Huffstickler wrote, "Knowing there's only so much time, I don't rejoice less but more."

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