Stories of Life

The Nature, Formation and Consequences of Character

Non-Fiction - Memoir
282 Pages
Reviewed on 08/22/2023
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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite

In Stories of Life, Davidson Loehr shares the lessons and concepts he was shaped by in different phases of his life. His story is full of intriguing cases of opposites and transformations. Little David decided he was done with religion when a new teacher who "didn’t like stories or children" replaced his amazing teacher and told him a frightening story. Decades later, he decided to join the ministry and became a children's storyteller. He also went from dodging the dangers of war to transferring out of ​Saigon and spending seven months in the field as a press officer and combat photographer during the Vietnam War. In this book, you will access the life-changing concepts Loehr learned while exploring humbling perspectives about religion, relationships, war, mental health, faith healing, education, and other subjects.

Davidson Loehr's upbeat and humorous perspectives are so infectious and addictive that I kept smiling during the short breaks I took from the book. Even when discussing the ugly realities of war, he picks out useful, eye-opening lessons. From the story about the family who suffered mutilations and was still laughing and playing after the ruins of war, I deduced that winning in life is about finding a reason to smile daily. As Loehr tells his story, he takes the reader along by asking introspective questions that allow them to personalize key insights from particular events or revelations. With its profound philosophical, psychological, and spiritual discussions, Stories of Life has helped me better understand my life and life in general. I hope everyone gets to experience the feelings of reverence and wholesomeness that I got from reading this book at least once in their lifetime.