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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Ten Considerations for Living in the Universe is a nonfiction inspirational collection of devotionals written by William McGowan. While the author introduces this work as the companion to his earlier book, All I Need to Know About Life I Learned in the Garden of Eden, he indicates that it can also be read on its own. This collection begins with a discussion of the number 10 and the significance that number has held historically, from the Mayan belief that 10 was a number that began and ended life, to the biblical importance of the number as being representative of Divine Law. The first devotional takes the reader on a journey to an understanding of what makes each person special, important, unique, starting with a discussion of Genesis and the Garden of Eden. Other topics include dealing with the fact that you’re wounded simply by virtue of being human, that “We’re all screwed up” and learning how to get over it, and how to find balance in your life.
William McGowan’s collection of inspirational devotionals, Ten Considerations for Living in the Universe, does work quite well as a stand-alone text, though if you’re at all like me, you’ll probably end up figuring on getting hold of the first book. While God does come into the equation, McGowan doesn’t presuppose an adherence to any one organized religion, nor does he assume that one even believes in God. His devotionals speak to the human experience, and they have power and meaning apart from any religious belief system and its accompanying dogmatic concepts. I found them quite liberating and illuminating, and I plan on giving each of his Ten Considerations a lot more consideration. McGowan speaks his thoughts rather than setting down a practiced set of writings for the reader. You can close your eyes and imagine him there, talking you through each of the concepts and thoughts he’s sharing. It’s quite a marvelous feeling having him as a personal guide, one who never proscribes but rather shares his views in an informal, conversational style. Reading this collection was both enlightening and enjoyable. Ten Considerations for Living in the Universe is most highly recommended.