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5.0 out of 5 stars... haven't finished reading this - - but I really like what I have read
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2014
I haven't finished reading this - - but I really like what I have read. Very detailed ideas and information to back them up - - there really is no question as you read, that what he is trying to get people to understand and do could really work - - I am impressed with what I read (to my surprise! The book came promptly, was well packaged, all is positive..
This is a wonderful book, and extremely relevant to the time we're living in. Everyone should read it and practice the philosophy laid out by Laurence Overmire. Time to save the world and make it a better place for all.
1.0 out of 5 starsCan’t even get past the title...
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2020
I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but then again, that’s a saying exactly because people still do it. Knowing this about people in general, I feel the author could’ve spent an extra minute reviewing the title. It’s a bit disingenuous. “The One Idea That Saves The World: A Call to Conscience and A Call to Action”. Um. Ok. “The one idea” followed by a colon suggests that what follows the colon is an explanation or follow-on to the statement that preceded the colon. So then, why give two answers when the topic is the “one idea”. A call to conscience is not a call to action. The author knows this and it’s why they’re separated the way they are. Consequently, then, it’s on the author to correct it prior to publication. This is highbrow editing technique and not everyone will be onboard right away, but I can offer 2 suggestions for free to the author. These may be revolutionary, but I think they may help:
The One Idea That Saves The World: A Singular Call to both Conscience and Action
The Two Ideas That Save The World: A Call to Conscience and A Call to Action
You’re welcome. 1-Star cuz I had to do the work for you and that’s just the title page.
In 'The One Idea that Saves the World', Laurence Overmire reminds us that the fire in our house is out of control. While most of us don't need reminding, we also don't know what we can do. The author asks if you are one of those fanning the flames, or one in search of a bucket to douse them. We no longer live in a world where simply ignoring things and hoping for the best is an option. For the sake of our children and theirs, it is time to grab a bucket. This book offers a number of them. It is packed with truth, wisdom, and ideas on how to become involved, along with Overmire's inspiring poetry. It challenges us to be our very best selves and be a part of the change.
"The distance an illusion between that which is not and can not be separated."
5.0 out of 5 starsA courageous and timely "must read" for any person of conscience
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2012
This is an excellent, bravely honest, well-conceived, and readable work that could not have appeared at a more appropriate time. Cutting across political party, religious, socioeconomic, cultural, and other group identifications that too often divide, Laurence Overmire offers us ALL a call to caring. Challenging, incisive, intelligent, and imminently compassionate in his handling of the issues, the author calls us to put aside, equally, our blaming, cynicism, apathy, selfishness, self-righteousness, greed, aggression, and impotence, and come together as citizens of this planet with ultimate needs and goals in common, for the good of all. I recommend this book most enthusiastically!
5.0 out of 5 starsThe House is On Fire: DO SOMETHING
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2012
Laurence Overmire has put into words just about everything I've felt and thought over these past ten years or so on the multitude of crisis we all face. The book starts off appropriately so with a poem "The House is On Fire", which describes the reaction of seven persons and how each reacts as they walk by the burning house. The author than asks "which are we"?
I recommend this easy to read, important book to all my friends, family and other associates. If you care at all about the planet, the future of mankind, pick up this book.