Throughout the past month, I've read tidbits of the book Open Your Eyes, right before falling asleep each evening. I've used it as a motivation for fostering a more joyful lifestyle and a prompt for reflection on my day-to-day attitude."Doctors removed Jake Olson’s left eye at ten months old. When he was twelve, after years of radiation and chemotherapy, the cancer took his right eye as well. That’s when Jake’s story really began.
When ESPN met Jake Olson, he was a twelve-year-old boy who wanted to spend his final weeks of sight with the USC football team. Jake’s story became one of the most recognized pieces in the network’s history, earning an ESPY award, instantly viewed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. But Jake’s story didn’t end with his final surgery or with ESPN—not by a long shot."
Basically, Jake is a very cool guy. He's gone through some extremely challenging experiences, yet emerged stronger as a result. His attitude is radically optimistic and his zest for life is admirable.
Though I originally assumed Open Your Eyes was an autobiography, I quickly discovered that it is mainly a book of advice. Drawing from some of the lessons that Jake has learned throughout his trials, the book presents ten challenges for discovering happiness. Rather than echoing the emotional aspects of Jake's journey, the dares focus on analyzing the human response to trials and methods of readjusting attitudes.
Once I realized that the book is not really meant to be autobiographical, I started appreciating its mostly clear-cut, unemotional presentation of advice. My only complaint is that the sections on personal application were a bit short. In light of the author's background in counseling, I was hoping that there might be a few more psychological concepts expressed. That said, I recognize that two individuals wrote the book. Thus, finding balance between the writers' voices and ideologies must have been extremely difficult.
Overall, Open Your Eyes is an inspiring, thought-provoking book. It challenged me to reevaluate my behaviors and attitudes, so that I might cultivate a happier lifestyle. If you're like to be challenged to do the same, check out the book. It's a neat read!
*I received a complimentary copy of Open Your Eyes from Thomas Nelson, in exchange for an honest review.