I have read several of Cameron Taylor's books. What I like most about them is the way he teaches Gospel principles through stories, parables, and other literary forms that bring the loftiness down to a level we can relate to in our daily walk. This book has that same method. What makes this book different is the setting. By weaving Hawaiian culture into the story, the author makes it easy to see how "The Way of Aloha" is universal, and therefore not just a location.
One night I was agitated at some people and a situation that just seemed unfair and I could not get to sleep, though all I wanted was to sleep. I got out of bed and began reading The Way of Aloha. The chapter I read was a theme about forgiving. As I read the words, it was almost like pondering then imagining a more detailed parable from the New Testament. I could feel the agitation melting away and my negative mindset giving way to more charitable thoughts. Once I felt at peace I could finally rest and I approached the next day much less burdened, especially after the chapter inspired me to pray with more sincerity.
This book is not a novel in the sense as most people expect. This is more like each chapter has a theme and the characters are two young missionaries (Christian disciples) being taught a gospel principle by a master teacher in a beautifully unforgettable setting. Where the scriptures are intentionally brief with little detail but full of powerful principles, the author fleshes out in a chapter. You can tell the author has pondered on these principles, researched inspired teachings on the principles and presented us with his discoveries in an imaginative personal diary format. I think these books would be good for almost any age. The content is such that one could refer to a particular chapter for a particular principle and re-read it for renewed insights.
Cameron Taylor is an author whose mission is of pure intent. He seeks to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who for whatever reason may not get it directly out of the Scriptures. His works are intentionally simple but potentially powerful if read thoughtfully and intentionally, rather than for mere entertainment.
To Sheryl, can I have your book then? 😊 Sorry it wasn't what you expected, BUT nevertheless the excerpt I read has me wanting to read more! Very thought provoking and enlightening, fiction or not. Taylor, you get the point across. I look forward to reading more of your book...once its available! 😊 Its not in stock at the moment. God bless us all and Alooooooha my braddah!!! Mahalo for sharing your talent and gift for writing.
"The Way of Aloha" has given me the desire to go to Hawaii. I have never wanted to go to see the typical tourist sites but now I want to go and visit so I can feel the Spirit that I felt as I read this book. One of my favorite parts is in Chapter 6 which says that the object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to know the will of God. Sometimes we need to pray and ask to know what to pray for. There are so many principles in this book that go along with what I have been taught by the Spirit. I like the character Manu because he teaches gospel principles in an interesting way and makes you look forward to what he will teach next. I would highly recommend this book!.
I was not impressed with this book and wished that I had not bought it. I was hoping that he would tell more of his missionary experiences like he did at the beginning of the book. Not impressed with the fictional character Manu.
Here are comments I have received from readers of The Way of Aloha: Lanai. So wonderful to see the positive impact the book is having.
“As I read on the plane, I found myself excited with the knowledge I was getting from its pages. I found myself in tears several times. I loved the way the book made me feel, and I kept thinking this is a great book. I need to buy it for my father, my children, etc. Today I am ordering several copies of the book to give as gifts.”
“I almost read the whole book last night, couldn't put it down. I'm definitely recommending this book to all of my friends and family.”
“I loved the book and the gentle spirit of Hawaiian teacher Manu. I loved the correlation with scripture and wisdom shared. It was well-written. Cameron Taylor is a gifted storyteller/writer. I couldn't put it down--read it in one sitting--and it triggered a lot of deep thought, though it was written in such simple language. I have been prompted to re-read it and really study the messages to help me become a Zion person, a true disciple of Jesus Christ.”
“Such a wonderful book full of spiritual lessons that teach, entertain, and uplift. You will be changed by reading it.”
“I absolutely loved the book! I devoured it and have been reviewing it and pondering many of the wonderful insights daily.”
“I bought The Way of Aloha and read it in one night.”
“Finished your wonderful book - loved it!“
“The book is amazing. I can't wait for more!!”
“Very thought provoking. It's more than a book to just read and enjoy. It begs introspection and careful consideration. It is lifting me higher in some wonderful ways. And it is feeding my love for Polynesian culture. Thanks.”
“I just finished The Way of Aloha: Lanai. It really touched me. I would like to meet a man like Manu. Thank you for the book, and more importantly the spirit I felt conveyed through it.”
“Just finished reading The Way of Aloha: Lanai on the beaches of Maui. I loved it, and I learned so much! Can’t wait to read the rest of them! Mahalo Cameron!!”
“I read it in one sitting. It was very well written and thoroughly enjoyable. Made me want to go back to Hawaii.”
“Inspiring and heartwarming.”
“The author wrote in such a way that I felt like I was there experiencing the emotions as he did. My spirit connected to what he learned in his experiences, and I am happy that he shared the insights and lessons learned.”
“I finished The Way of Aloha: Lanai in two days because you had me so interested. Manu’s stories were outstanding—very detailed and moving. I have never been to Hawaii, but have always wanted to go. Your descriptions of the islands reinforced that. And now I don’t want to go as just a tourist, but to see it more as a spiritual experience.”
“I absolutely loved the book. Thanks for a great, inspirational story. I am going to read it with my family now.”
“I opened your new book and didn’t stop until I was done. Your book brought something I needed tonight. Thank you.”
“I loved the quotes and stories, but the thing I enjoyed most was how The Way of Aloha made me feel. I felt peace, love, and a greater understanding of the reality of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It has blessed my life. Thank you Cameron!”