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Days Like These {Book Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned before that I love to read blogs — I follow probably 40 blogs through Google Reader, and I’m searching endlessly for a good substitute once Google Reader is gone this summer!  I love that I can read a “magazine” of sorts all about the things that are interesting to me, and I love that “normal” people can share their knowledge, skills, and/or everyday life through writing.

The book Days Like These became available for review, and I knew immediately that I wanted to read it.  The book description explains, “When Kristian wanted to show his wife Rachel how much he loved her after learning he was terminally ill, he ended up winning millions of hearts around the world, thanks to the now famous YouTube video he made for her 35th birthday.  Social media is often seen as trivial and self-absorbed, but this heartfelt and moving tribute by a young Australian father of two in the midst of a battle with cancer, drew attention to a much larger story we all wanted to know more about and an ordeal so many families face alone.”

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This book is basically a compilation of the entries Kristian made to his blog during his two-year fight with cancer, which makes it unique because it captures emotions and feelings that were present during the events while they happened, rather than those remembered after one looks back.  While the YouTube video was watched by millions who flocked to his blog to learn about his experiences, Kristian’s writing remains very down-to-earth and honest from the first entry to the very sad last entry.

I also loved that this book and the blog was written from a man’s point of view, and more specifically from a husband and father of two boys.  While I certainly recognize that men have feelings and emotions, it’s not always common to see those publicly displayed.  This medium for writing allows readers to feel Kristian’s pain and sadness while also rejoicing in reaching another milestone and spending another day alive with family.  He is also very religious and comments on the strength that he draws from knowing that God knows and is in control of all things.

If you’re looking for a good read for yourself or for a special father in your life, I would highly recommend taking a look at this book!

**I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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