To Hold The Sun by Chas Watkins
Category: Adult fiction. 172 pages
Genre: self-help / inspirational fiction
Published: April 22, 2013
Available in: Print and e-book formats
Will send books to: US and Canada
Tour dates: July 21 to August 1, 2014
Content Rating: G
This delightful and engaging story outlines the experiences of a young, poor, and disillusioned reporter who is enticed to do a series of articles about Paul, an unconventional philosopher and motivational speaker. In lieu of payment, he gets to travel to and dive on Roatan, arguably one of the most beautiful, pristine islands in the Caribbean. Through a series of meetings, the reporter gets to know Paul’s innermost philosophies. He learns an alternate way of living from a man who strives to perfect handstands on a dock and practices the art of happiness.
The author developed the book as a guide to help his children live their lives in a way that would allow them to enjoy the journey. Drawing on wildly diverse disciplines including stoicism, neuroscience, skepticism, behavioral economics, and spirituality; the reader is taken on a journey that exposes the author’s philosophy of life. He demonstrates that happiness is indeed a choice.
All places detailed on Roatan exist and are more beautiful than described. Color Photos (if supported) are by kind permission of Shawn Jackson.
The idea that the author’s main focus while writing this book was to guide his children through a happy life was very intriguing to me. The fact that it is centered in Roatan was another selling point. I’ve always wanted to vacation there, and would move there in a second if I could, even though I’ve never been. It’s got beautiful beaches and water, and nothing makes me happier than being at the beach.
The book is a lesson for living your life to the fullest. It’s main purpose is to teach you that everyone can be happy, you just have to find what makes you happy. The book was written as a fiction, but also reads like a lighter version of a self-help book. There are some lessons that can help you on your path to live the best life you can live.
I loved how Roatan came alive on the pages, I felt like I was there. I’d love to take the book with me on a trip to Roatan and visit all the places mentioned.
Some of my favorite saying from the book are “Condition the mind, daily practice leads to proper action”, “Empower yourself, direct and control your thoughts” and “Simplify your life, wants are not needs”.
There were a few photos in the book, and while I’d have liked them to be in color, they still were very nice.
This is a wonderful book that I definitely would recommend.
Meet the Author:
Chas Watkins was born and raised in England and is a naturalized Australian. His children are all American, which he finds very confusing. He moved to Roatan nine years ago. He has an unused degree in electronics from Hull University in England and has somehow managed to work for many fine and good companies without being fired.
After the raging madness of the dotcom world in California, he moved to Roatan to settle with his family. Chas currently pretends to work as a Realtor and Radio DJ. He reads an awful lot, watches the sunrise and sunset every day and consumes way too much coffee. He runs on the beach in the mornings, practices handstands, and lives happily on Roatan with his cat Gary and the children who have not yet deserted him. Even on his best day he is nothing like his character Paul, but strives to be so.
Occasionally he “likes to dance as if no one is watching” which is ironic as his dancing makes people stare. If you are really unlucky, you may meet him, and whatever you do, don’t offer him a drink as he is a very rude and uninteresting person.