I had no idea where I was — everything was black. I gathered that I was lying in a puddle of wet sand, as it felt cold, coarse, and prickly all over my back. I opened my eyes, and the first thing I saw was a blinding light — it was piercing. I blinked hard to flush the tears out of my inflamed eyes, but they kept welling up. I could see three big men towering over me like curious giants gathered over their prey. The men flowed and ebbed with my teary vision.
~ Will Chluho, Lemonade Revealed
FICTION: A boy on a voyage to find his true father regained consciousness on an unknown island to the curious stares of three old men: a warrior, a trader, and a priest. The lost boy would later discover through a mysterious man–a skinhead with an eye tattoo on his neck–that one among the trio could be the father he’d been looking for….
NONFICTION: This “little yellow book” is a good place to reclaim such good old-fashioned gems as “faith” and “hope” under the demythologized light of human reason. It is a phenomenological examination on the possibility and probability of a divine existent vis-à-vis a real world of human frailties and frictions. Lemonade Revealed is a timely discourse in a timeless (and engaging) story.
When I received an email from TLC Book Tours asking me to read and review Lemonade Revealed, I was intrigued and immediately responded with a yes. As regular readers might recall, “faith” is my word for the year, so when “faith” appeared in the description, I knew it was a book I had to read.
Lemonade Revealed is a gorgeous little book with a soft leather cover, embossed with the title on the front, the author’s name on the side, and a crest on the back. It fits wonderfully in the hands, almost like a beloved journal. Most importantly, it’s a good read. It is the story of a young man who is washed ashore on an island, and found by three men. We don’t know the young man’s name for a long time, and at one point he is called Lemonade due to a nervous mistake he makes while introducing himself to a pretty young woman.
I found it somewhat confusing at first, mostly because it bounces around between timelines, and realized it is a book that demands you pay attention to the details or you could miss a clue. The syntax was a little unusual too, but I grew used to that in a short time.
The book is, I think, a parable, as well as a mix of coming-of-age and hero’s journey. There are some wonderful messages throughout the story. Although I am not particularly religious, I still appreciate what this book is trying to teach, and highlighted my copy with more than a few lessons that I would like to apply to my own life. I suspect it’s one of those books that I can pick up again, and learn something new from it each time I read it. There is something bright about this book (other than the cover which is quite cheerful), with an innocence to the story that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Give Away! I am able to give away two copies of this book (U.S./Canada only). If interested, leave a comment letting me know. I’ll draw names from a hat for the winners if there are more than two entries, and will announce the winners on July 7th. Good luck!
About the author:
As an urban pragmatist, Will Chluho was a creative director who’d served on world-renowned brands such as BlackBerry, Mercedes-Benz, and Singapore Airlines. As a spiritual “romanticist” of sorts who sought solace, he’d lived four years as a Franciscan friar, a major in philosophy and theology. He’s 44, married, and advancing his philosophical studies with the University of London.
Thank you for stopping by today. Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
You do not move toward the horizon. It is the horizon that comes to you.
~ Pami in Lemonade Revealed