This is a wonderful fiction work that upon reading several reviews has been deemed as unclassifiable. This is the story of relationships between Peter Leigh, a pastor with a tremendous amount of faith, his wife Bea and a people named the Oasans, who reside on the planet, Oasis. Peter is called to be a missionary to these people by a corporation named USIC, who has built a colony there for various reasons. Bea is left behind and continually faces numerous challenges.
The book explores these relationships and the challenges in which distance plays a major theme. I mean distance from the physical standpoint. It challenged my thinking about relationships from the investment side. Relationships are very difficult when an investment is not being made from both sides. If you think about your relationships, most of them did not begin 50-50. Someone put in more work at the beginning and then it moved in one direction or another based on the investment of time and trust. Of course trust takes time to build. That is what I see in this book. A wonderful read to see the difference in people and what is required to make them reach out to others and most of all, get out of their comfort zones.
I have said this before here; I do not read very much fiction, but I found this book to be an awfully good read and I highly recommend it.
As I stated in an earlier post on this book, Johnson brings together how six basic technologies and innovations including glass, cold, sound, clean, time and light changed so many elements in our world. Even though this book is not very lengthy and can be read quickly, as I finished it, it made me consider building blocks and how I can use basic fundamentals in all aspects of my life to improve.
One of the most interesting quotes in the book from Steve Jobs on page 254 is:
“Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”