"... I found the story totally absorbing with a straight forward message easily understood, even by the hard-edged cynic that I can sometimes be. For some inexplicable reason I was put in mind of Dylan Thomas's story, 'A Child's Christmas in Wales.' Like it, 'The Man and The Shark' is an adult's nostalgic look back at the innocence of childhood, an innocence that can almost make the tears well up in the eyes, such happy tears."Gary Hoffman, M.D. Sun Valley, Idaho
... Usually, once I read a book, there is no desire to read it again. This book is different; like a mystery that's not solved, or a puzzle with a piece missing or a painting that pulls you back for another 'look.'" Peggy Ragland, Cookeville, TN
...Your book touched my heart and soul. I just finished reading it twice and tears are running down my cheeks as I tell you how much I LOVE your book! What a God-given talent you have!" Ruth R. Orlando, FL
11:11 Magazine ..."beautiful images of nature, animals, and paintings touch the heart as a journey of man is portrayed...there will be a resonance to the words that unfold..." Jeff Ferrannini Francis Rothluebber, Filmaker of "The City of the Dawn" & President of New Momentum for Human Unity reviews..."...this remarkable fable is a renewal of hope. ..the solution to the psychological imprisonment of the Man (and western humanity) seems too simple. Yet, listening to the Inner Voice and making the choice to recover the lost "boy who can fly" is the key!..the significance of this fable is heightened by the powerful imagery of the author and the moving abundant photography of Daryl Pritchard." Hugh Gilbert, Author & Lecturer,"Donna has masterfully woven a simple yet profound tale of how the future will be won, not by learning who we are, but by remembering who we are."
"...it is the best I have ever read of that kind of book!" Terry Howard, Soso, MS
“What a wonderful shower gift—one that we will treasure year after year! It really got me thinking about how our daughter’s imagination will be, and how we need to not let the world squelch that. It brought back some of my own childhood memories, reminding me that even things we can’t see and touch are real." Elaine Cruse, Kingston , TN
"...My 11-month old daughter loves looking at your book! She loves the animals. I think that is so neat!" Andrea Taylor, Columbia SC
"Ms. Savage describes her work as “a modern day fable.” It is that and more! On one level she traces the age-old story (with as many variations as there are human beings) of the loss of innocence that everyone undergoes in becoming an adult—and its recovery beyond the tragedy of self-alienation, through art, nature, and recollection. Some readers will hear unmistakable allusions to the Gnostic myth in which redemption consists of remembering or reconnecting with his/her former “glorious being.” Others will be reminded of Jesus saying to the effect that entering “the Kingdom of God” consists, essentially, in rediscovering the mystery of childhood. Romantics will evoke thoughts of Wordworth’s “natural piety.” Mystics of every persuasion will see this story as that of the “lost oneness with all things,” the foundation upon which everything else rests." Don Morris, Minister Kingston United Methodist Church, TN
“...I felt compelled to read this book as soon as I got home. It is so powerful that I find mere words do not convey my respect for it. I had never before read a book that generates such an emotional wallop! As I was reading, it seemed that the words and pictures combined to make me feel the message. On page 45, my heart beat more rapidly at the force of climactic words. As I turned the pages thereafter, there was a palpable welling up of beautiful emotion within me. It is a wonderful book! What gorgeous word pictures are painted by the author! The relating of the story is magnificent! I am grateful to be among those who will hold this book in their hands. Its message is a blessing to me and will be a blessing to many. I will read it again and again, and I foresee that I am going to continue to be nourished by it. Thank you, thank you very much!” Anne Horner, Kingston, TN
"An uplifting book, full of insights that anyone can use to improve and re-focus their life. It is a reminder of the important things in life—love, connection and gratitude." Laurel George, Atlanta, GA
“ … The book is a gorgeous jewel alive with colors, pictures, words and the thoughts behind them. I read the book only when I am alone so that those thoughts may soak into me. I know they will speak to thoughts within me, and mine will speak to them, and there will be conversation that is pure and holy. I know that the discussion the thoughts are having will produce wondrous new insight into the Holy Universe we are part of. I know you will understand because we are together in this realm— there are thoughts that speak softly to us if we can be in the silence to hear them. I am patient for the purest thoughts take time to crystallize, and become the magik carpets to a greater Understanding of who we are, why we are, and where we go. All is very well.“ Al Winters, Galveston, TX
... I love the book. It worked for me on two levels. It reminded me of the experience I had in reading The Little Prince many years ago. I could lose myself and become the main character through his experiences, which I also did in your book. It also gave me some things to consider as far as where I might want to go with my life going forward." Eddie Rivera, Author of "This Week's Wierd," Friday Harbor, WA."
"..I have enjoyed this book so much and feeling the passion as I was reading it...from the discovery of oneself from a child with all the imaginations to all the experiences leading to an adult with the need to re-focus on the important things in life! I will enjoy this book over and over and I am sure it will be a favorite of our grandchildren!" Charlotte King, Knoxville, TN
“This delightful book reminds me to live my passion—and that makes me a better mother by example. My 4-year old son is too young to understand most of the text but he loves the pictures and asks me to read the story about the man who talks to animals.” H.W. Ernst, Architect, High Performance Auto Driver, Denver, CO
about The Man and The Shark
"The most important thing ... is to give
up who you are for who you can become."
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