I Stole The Turtle and The Octave Rule

Non-Fiction - Self Help
128 Pages
Reviewed on 05/22/2009
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Author Biography

George Norton was born and raised in the New York Metropolitan area. He is the author of THE DEN OF INIQUITY, his first dramatic novel. Norton served honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam-era. He makes his home in Wichita, Kansas, and devotes himself to prison ministry and eradicating illiteracy. Norton's favorite saying: That which makes the rest of the human race sad can certainly make your joy greater.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

George Norton had me laughing from the first page. He begins his book by telling about his mother and grandmother giving him a bath. He shares the joy of changing his son's diaper and getting hit in the face with a stream of urine. Norton continues telling stories on himself. How he put a broom handle in a girl's mouth (strange). The story of playing doctor was hilarious.

Like George, I grew up in a much more innocent time. Parents were not afraid to “drop us off” somewhere. We played on the railroad tracks. Boys, who I will not mention by name, peed out the upstairs window and killed all their mother’s flowers.

George is right. Things certainly have changed. We need back ground checks to keep the nursery at church or to work with any children. I’m not disagreeing with the need; I’m just saddened by it.

George speaks with profound wisdom. He throws in scripture at just the right spots. He shares the meaning of happiness and true joy.

I Stole the Turtle and The Octave Rule is an odd title for a book. It grabbed my attention. I Stole the Turtle and The Octave Rule will make you laugh a lot and ponder a lot. Well done, Mr. Norton.


"Part one of this book can make a fence post giggle as the author reflects on his former way of life. Fans of humor will enjoy the unusual account of childhood memories from the 60's. Part two offers a multitude of insights relative to contemporary living besides the crises on the global level. The chapters are short and quite adequate for the reader who prefers to read in short spans. Your lint filter will surely get a cleaning with this one. Lastly, the author does a fine job conveying self-worth and self-confidence."

Rick Laham

In reading George Norton's "I Stole the Turtle and The Octave Rule" I began by racing through it because it was so enjoyable and entertaining. However when I got to "The Octave Rule" I really had to put the brakes on! I found myself only wanting to read small portions at a time, so i could fully absorb what the author was saying. I felt the desire to read, re read, and then meditate on what i had just read. I found my own life in the pages of The Octave Rule and was really able to relate and get a lot of help from what i read and have already started to apply it to my every day life. These are very trying times for me and i think for a lot of people. This couldn't have come at a better time. I look forward to reading it again and again and geting more out of it each time. Really great book.

K. L. Harper

As they say, "good things come in small packages." With plenty of laugh-out-loud humor, the author goes back in time to the 1950's and narrates the way he grew up and how he observed the world then. A great contrast unfolds as you enter the second part of the book. The reader becomes aware of the fact that life is not a guided tour, but rather a struggle or battle that can be overcome by following a certain formula of time in these days of uncertainty. Mankind can certainly be elevated above the nonfulfilling hum-drum of some pseudo spirituality by reading this short but very sober treatise. The highlight benefit from Norton's writing here is that one can acquire an anchor in life, not to mention attaining discernment, contentment and knowing how to keep the smoldering wick alive. As this author elaborates, your lint filter gets a mighty cleaning. A real page-turner within this eccentric genre.

Bibliophile 55

Short, sweet and nothing you'd expect on this side of the moon. In the first section, the reader is titillated with a brief but halarious autobiography. In part two, the reader finds plenty of fodder for deep thought and discussion. The writer has a good grip on his pen as he covers a wide spectrum of everyday issues we all deal with, or don't deal with. I applaud the author's enthusiasm and intuition as he illustrates how to live above see level. Norton seems to be gifted with a noble-minded flair along with precision of thought and liveliness of expression as he reveals a few secrets about his former life. Although the contents may appear contrary to popular attitudes, this book was enriching; an unfailingly amusing experience. High Heels in High Places: Walking Worthy in Way Cute Shoes

Cary Merriman

Throughout the pages of I Stole The Turtle and The Octave Rule, author George Norton takes the reader on a journey back to a simpler time, one sure to spark long-dormant flames of nostalgia. More than just a trip down memory lane, though, Norton's insightful volume also provides the reader with a profound glimpse into the more subtle nuances of the human condition, simultaneously providing practical examples of how to overcome adversity - rather than bemoan its unavoidable omnipresence. All told, I Stole The Turtle and The Octave Rule is an equally encouraging and enlightening guide to living a more satisfying, fulfilling life, one sure to strike a strong chord deep within the hearts and minds of readers from all backgrounds. Strongly recommended.