Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Review: Why Not? Conquering the Road Less Traveled by John Brown

Why Not? Conquering the Road Less Traveled is John Brown’s personal memoir. He was born with Cerebral Palsy. He gives details of his life and challenges he faced as a child and young adult. He also talks about his marriage, radio career, and the start of his retirement. In spite of some challenges from the disability, he was able to work a job in radio for over 40 years.  The book provides photos of him, his family, friends, and coworkers (who seemed like friends to him also). Coworkers who didn’t know him in person at first were often amazed to find out about his disability when they met him later in person. Some of his coworkers also share their stories; many of theses stories explain how they noticed John as a person and didn’t focus on his disability.

This book is an encouragement for people with and without disabilities to find their passion and to also show employers that people will disabilities will often work just as hard and often will be just as productive. I could tell from reading this memoir that John had an amazing career in radio and that he made people’s life more joyful also. I also do not think his life and career would have been as joyful without the people who walked with him during it.

One side note is that there is some random bad language in the book.

The pictures in this book really helped me to picture what John’s life was like, so I’m glad some were included. John’s positive attitude seemed infectious and I think his story will be an encouragement to many people.

My rating = 4 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: The publisher provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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