so my dear friend Philippe wrote a book that is magnificent. I had the honor and pleasure to be a part of this journey and write the forward for the book, which i will put below so you can get a taste of what it is about. if you know you want to buy it before even reading the forward the link is right here. enjoy the epilog and the book. i am confident you will enjoy it and have a few laughs.
So I went on a road trip with this guy name Philippe. It was the tail end of our trip and we had just visited Multnomah falls in northern Oregon, which was really pretty and majestic and all those things that falls are. We hit the road after that for a long trek to make it all the way to Sacramento, ca, so Phil is settled in driving after just seeing the water falls relaxed and happy that he was able to get his camera off for the last big thing of our trip. About an hour and a half later Phil sees some flashing lights behind him. I am as well relaxed just enjoying the drive and he starts to slow down, so I ask what’s going on. Well I would have my answer about 30 seconds later when a highway 5 patrol officer comes to our window and explains to Philippe that he was speeding and he was going to receive a ticket. Now I am not here to spoil the story you are about to read, so I am telling a story he did not share, whether he likes it or not( if it makes the print version then that means he did not mind). I am also not trying to tell on my friend, but I am using this as an example of when I have seen and experience Philippe process his second chance. He truly was bummed and he had not intent in speeding and was an honest mistake, but he was able to take this negative experience and not let it affect him because he believed he had a second chance. To borrow a term from Victor Frankel, Philippe has a redemptive perspective on his suffering. After asking Phil if he was bummed and letting him process what happened I realized he had accepted his second chance when he got his camera back out to take a few more pictures while driving. Well I think that is all I can add to this story as the co-pilot, so now let me tell you what you are getting yourself into.
Second chances… I wonder about all those times if I would have done that differently or if I would be different if I would not have done that. Earlier in my life I often would catch myself asking why does this have to happen to me or what is next, as ways of expressing frustration and hopelessness with the way I viewed my life. it kept me on the edge of my seat, but not in the good way. it was the worrying kind, you know the kind that drains life. so this story of second chances is something that I can really resonate with and not just because of my hopeless stories from my past, but because this second chance life is something that takes effort every day of my life. I would have no other person explain second chances than Philippe. He himself is a unique individual, but his story is even more unique and resemblent of what happens when you take a chance.
as a dear friend of Philippe and a partner in this adventure I can say that you will find nothing short of authenticity and genuine thoughtfulness. I do not say that to give my friend a boost or to make myself sound good since you will probably learn a great deal about me as well as Phil, but I say it because his words display a desire of connection. connection with you as the reader, connection with god, and connection with himself. Phil allows you to walk with him, but I think his goal is more for him to walk with you. this is a story about his journey, but more importantly it is an invitation for you to take a journey, so put on your reading boots and get ready to discover life as a second chance.
Behind these pages you will find this book has the exquisite illustrative resemblance of Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller, but the delightful eloquence of Walter Mitty. this book by no means is just for hipsters, but those that see life as a second chance an want to live it to the fullest. the search for a second chance is something that we all search for and we all long for. you will get taken through the joys and the burdens of second chances, but if it were not for those journey’s where would we find hope. the experiences of living with 7 other guys and a dang cute dog will allow you to see that there is always something to persevere through. this was so cleverly done that it seemed like you were traveling alongside Philippe the whole time. the collaboration of the two experiences will allow you to see the character that has been built and shaped through this redemptive process.
For me restoration is a big theme of my life, which is essentially making the old new or bringing hope and life back to something that did not have it. in our day to day lives we can get caught in fog’s or desert’s where life just does not seem to make sense and you feel lost, but once you make it to the other side of that fog bank or desert then we are able to look back and make a choice of wanting things to be different or accepting the tough journey you just went on as it is. it is said hindsight is often the clearest sight, but looking forward is the most joyful. the last part I added but I think it is fitting for us to realize the gratitude and appreciation for life that comes from seeing life as a second chance. a second chance is something that we have to grasp because if we do not it will just pass us by and the only way we will be able to grasp redemption is by grace, so without giving out anymore idea’s about second chances I will allow you to enter into the adventure that Phil is about to take you on. Do not forget your reading boots.
and now if you want to buy it here is the link again