As an avid reader, I am someone who loves non-fiction books. I love to learn something. Not that you can't learn something from fiction, but I am just drawn to non-fiction in both my writing career and in my reading. The vast majority of the reading I do is non-fiction of all kinds, including memoirs.
Yesterday, I picked up "It's Not Yet Dark," by Simon Fitzmaurice off of my foot stool. It had been sitting there for a few days, since getting it in the mail. Once I picked it up, it was difficult to put down. I was immediately drawn in and had to force myself to stop reading to do other things, such as work, sleep, etc. So within 24 hours of being able to read it at every chance presented to me, I have finished it. And I must say that it is a great book!
Fitzmaurice is a writer and movie director who is diagnosed as having ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease. He takes you on the journey of his life before being diagnosed, through diagnoses, and through his challenges and decision to keep living, despite the disease he has. Faced with the choice of living or dying, because of having ALS, he chooses to live. In doing so, he sees life as we all should. He never takes a day or another year for granted. He is grateful for every day and year he gets, and he is able to put his focus on the things in life that really matter and make him happy.
I love the author's writing style, which is to the point, thought provoking, and beautiful. I highly recommend this book, which is a quick read, yet filled with valuable insight that will make you grateful for every breath you get, and helps shed life on some of the battles others live through.
Two thumbs up for "It's Not Yet Dark," by Simon Fitzmaurice!