I read this book when I felt I was at a cross-road in my life. I had what I felt were some hard decisions to make. This book not only re-affirmed what I already knew, but also gave me new things to think about. Life is not only what happens to us, but how we respond to it. We must all be accountable to and for our choices. It is not up to others to make us happy, but up to ourselves. We may think we are happy, but are we really? Are we truly acting on/in our personal belief system? If we are not we are fooling ourselves, and those we interact with. We must be willing to "face the music" and get ourselves in-line with what we really believe and act on those things. It will be painful at first, but meaningful change rarely comes without a little discomfort. I would overwhelming recommed this book to anyone. Its principles can be applied to anyones life, no matter where you are in it. I am planning on buying more copies and giving them as gifts to those I care about, it is in 2 words----Life Changing!!!
This book touched my heart so much. It is a great book for lessons learned. I was so impressed that I purchased 5 more to give as gifts as I want to share this great story of lessons with all my family. It is one of those books that I found hard to put down. As the climb continued and the lessons continued I couldn't wait to find out the answers> WONDERFUL. Thank you so much Matt Baldwin for sharing this wonderful story and your insight to help others.
I absolutely love this book. I love that it invites my action-craving heart into a story and I get rewarded with mind-bending concepts and new (to me) ways of relating with others. It's all true. I love Clara, and Jason. May we all be as willing to change, grow, and develop when we hit bottom. We were not meant to live our lives alone, and this book tells and shows us how to be with others and make it the most positive experience ever! I have many "Clara's" in my life and I love them all. Can't wait for the sequel! More, more, more!
What I wouldn't give for an hour with Clara! I hope Jason "felt" her words as much as I did...just what I needed, right when I needed it.
Snow Rising by Matt Baldwin is a self-help book in story format. The author uses a fictional story to teach life changing truths. This was not a fast read for me. In fact it took me nearly a month to get through it. I could only digest a couple chapters a night until I reached the last 100 pages. Then I didn't want to put the book down.
Snow Rising is a book worth taking the time to read. I could relate to the problems facing the different characters in this book and enjoyed the way the author used a story format to teach life changing principles.
I'm looking forward to the sequel that will be released in 2011.
Content: A clean, motivating read
Rating: 5 Stars - This was a hard book to rate but ultimately I couldn't give it less than 5 stars. I could put it down and walk away, in fact it was a book I had to put down because I could only digest a chapter or two a night. It was also a book that got me thinking and kept me thinking when I put it down. It's well written and full of truth and I would recommend it to anyone looking to make changes in their life and in their relationships with others.
This book is a great read...but be careful...this is not a thoughtless fictional read. Baldwin does a great job of balancing an interesting and exciting story with some complex and serious concepts on how to deal with life and relationships.
I found myself stopping quite a bit in the middle of the book just trying to digest the real meat of the book. Like I said this is not a mindless read. Indeed, after having put it down I have found myself going back to it (it is on my wife's nightstand now) and looking for an idea or two.
If you have any questions I can tell you an easy way to determine if you will like...no love this book. Read the epilogue, if it is something that resonates with you, waste no more time and start reading from the start.
I absolutely loved this book, Snow Rising. It's one you can read over and over and still learn something new. I was enlightened emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. You definitely can identify with the characters. I continue to think about and try to incorporate the 4 characteristics into my own life. This is a must read. I can't wait to read Matt's sequel.
I love books like this! It touched my heart. It touched my mind. There were so many great chapters with so much great counsel it is hard to pick the one that I liked the best. I encourage you to read it. It will change you for the better.
There have been a handful of books that I have read in my life that have reached me on a deep, emotional level. "Snow Rising" has now been added to that list! I am impressed by what I learned and the way I learned it. I was in personal awe at the wisdom expressed by author Matt Baldwin through the fictional lives of the book's main characters. This book helped me to see and recognize that there are attitudes, biases, and actions in my own life that aren't what they should be, while also giving me pause and reflection as to how I might look at the world in a different way that can help in changing what I need to in order to improve myself and move in a more positive direction.
While "Snow Rising" may be a story of fiction, it is full of principles of truth that I am appreciative that Matt Baldwin has chosen to share with me through his wonderful book. Thank you Matt!
Once in a while you find a book that takes your breath away. Snow Rising did that for me.
It took me until chapter 18 to get it. Before chapter 18, it was a great read, a powerful story. I found myself alternately laughing and crying. Before chapter 18, I got chills at certain powerful moments in the book. But once I read chapter 18, I could see it with my own eyes. I could see and feel it for myself. Matt Baldwin brings powerful truths forward and grips you right in the heart. You will want to live differently when you are done with this book. I do. I am moved and changed by it.
I love this book! I absolutely love this book and have started it for the second time because I didn't learn all the lessons after the first read. How did Matthew Baldwin conceive this idea and present such valuable lessons in a format that reads like a novel? Snow Rising does more than just invite or challenge the reader to inventory their lives . . . it inspires them! Definitely a difficult book to put down and provides lots of introspection.
Author Matthew Baldwin: “I invite you to join Jason Snow, and leave you with two questions: one, can you be an advocate for the changes you desire to see in yourself and in the world around you; and two, do you have the audacity to find out?” The correct answer to both questions is "YES!" At the very minimum it is a fun novel however, anyone who reads this book will desire to become a better person. It is absolutely impossible to not be affected. Thank you Matthew Baldwin for teaching me.
Unlikable main character and a book that attempts to teach truths while ignoring the author of truth - God. I did not like this book.