"If we could place time in a bottle, we would have less need for memories and less regret for wasted days.” So contends Mark J. Ehlers in The Journey Continues, a new collection of essays on life, baseball, people and ideas from the author that brought us Eat Bananas and Follow Your Heart and Life Goes On. In The Journey Continues, Ehlers writes about ideas and people who inspire and intrigue him, reflects on the mystery of life, and struggles out-loud with the human quest for understanding. He writes about family, of love, loss, and missed conversations. And he writes about baseball as a game that “embodies the American spirit, the promise of childhood, and dreams of young boys in old men’s bodies."
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This is an excellent collection of thoughtful essays on a wide variety of topics by an author who has a knack for exploring the human condition. Whether reflecting on the passage of time and family relationships, commenting on history, religion, and politics, or providing rich descriptions of why baseball means so much to him, Ehlers' writing helps the reader take a deep breath, slow down, and reflect on life and the world around us. This book was a joy to read and allowed me to put down my iPhone, ignore my constant barrage of emails, and re-connect with my fundamental values. The author is idealistic without losing sight of reality; his analysis of history and politics is serious and pointed, but not judgmental or disrespectful of opposing views. His essays on religion and philosophy are honest and engaging - he has more questions than answers, but they are precisely the questions most of us have. He provides a fresh, non-judgmental, and progressive perspective on religion and faith that is difficult to find elsewhere. And his writings on baseball are more a reflection on life itself, about the fortitude required of a true fan rooting all his or her life for one team (the Cardinals) and of enduring pain and heartbreak, failure and disappointment, only to shake it off and try again. It is a fabulous book. I highly recommend it.