2 years ago, during my birthday, I received this book from a new colleague and her boyfriend.
With PhD, then the aftermath, then books in queue (up to date, I would estimate I have 30 more books in queue and I'm still buying new ones, I really should stop buying, shouldn't I?), I only managed to read it recently.
I would rate this 2.5 over 5.
I guess the biggest mistake is letting writers write these stories, they tried to make the stories too fancy, it lacks of soul. I would prefer to have normal people with interesting stories to share, it becomes more genuine.15% of the stories are just plain whining and selfish for me. A grandmother whining of having autism grandchild, sad. Parents who chased away their daughter and refused to take her back when she begged just because they were scared she would give bad influence towards the son, haunting. A woman, who thought it's best to choose her daughter over her dying mother, tragic.
"The best thing you can do is to serve your mother, then your mother, then your mother, and then you father, then your relatives."
What we learned in Islam.
"What you give up (to your parents), must be the same than what you give down (to your children)", a speaker once advised us.
I have nothing nice to say because these three stories I mentioned above haunt me throughout.
My story of having this book is, at least for me, more interesting.
Shortly after this colleague gave me the book, she broke up with his boyfriend, which was part of the reason I refused to read it. Kind of inappropriate, I was thinking.
But right when I started reading the book, they got back together and now they live happily ever after. The end.