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Reviewed by Sylvia Heslin for Readers' Favorite
"On the Meaning of Everything" by author Albert Chiwara is a memoir of his life growing up in Zimbabwe and his influences in the Christian faith, as well as his personal journey to discover the meaning of life. After experiencing some personal hardships and struggles, the author finally comes to the realization that what he was searching for was the unconditional love of God. The author says that the meaning of life is in the promise of God’s love and is the reason for all of mankind’s existence. He goes on to explains how an individual’s ego is usually the main source of their discontentment, and thereby leads us to have the desire and the need to want to possess external things. He also touches on the noble truths of Buddhism and the wisdom of Buddha that states that the cause of suffering is desire. This ultimately leads to attachment, which usually leads us to suffering of the ego and the soul and causes the individual to live a life of unhappiness and sorrow.
I enjoyed reading this book, but I felt that the level of complexity was in some places beyond the capacity of the casual reader. In order to get the most out of this book the reader must have some basic knowledge of the different religious faiths that author Albert Chiwara discusses to fully understand this book. I did come to the conclusion that a lot of what he thinks does make a lot of sense. And even though I don’t totally agree with all of his theological views, I found myself still intrigued with his theories and was glad that I had the chance to read his particular thoughts on what he believed is the basis for the meaning of life.