The book is not about the chair! The author's journey of making a museum-worthy chair from a stack of oak lumber becomes an allegory for self-exploration and restoration, paving a path from brokenness to wholeness. Mindful consideration of change, fear, acceptance, choice making, and belief through the process of making the chair encourages you to embark upon your own personal creative efforts. The author's ideas will inform your life as you cook, bake, create, and build the future projects of your life. Creativity is a human birthright. Daily life in an office cubicle or at a computer keyboard often lacks embodied creative expression. Humans are genetically endowed with minds and methods to physically create and make real the important things of their lives that point to improved health and happiness. Head, heart, and hands join together to bring forth a personally crafted vision. An anecdotal survey of our lifestyles and homes reflect few inspired personal expressions of our birthright as creative humans. We eat bread that someone else baked, move to music that someone else made. We acquire framed art rendered by others to hang on walls painted by someone else. Creative visions are not explored, container gardens are not planted, songs are not sung. We go to museums to marvel at tools and art that the ancients produced with their technology while we, as descendants of these same people, question our ability to create similar visionary solutions for ourselves.
Who ever told the author that he could read aloud. The words may be good, but he reads aloud like a 3rd grader. I couldn't get past the first few chapters. Don't the publishers listen before they release an audible book? Better they should listen when the author STARTS recording.
After finishing this book I found myself quite confused as to what the goal and purpose of it was. It went on and on randomly about the author's goal to build a chair. In between sections of the story he inserts very basic common sense truths. Moreover – it would've been better to use a professional narrator. I did finish the book but I was desperately on the fence throughout most of it. Reading is much harder than it would seem and this production just didn't cut it. I hate to discourage the guy but this is my honest opinion having finished the entire book :-(