I’ve always been a big fan of Jewel’s music and lyrics, so it’s no surprise I fell in love with this book. Breaking free of the constraints of timelines or even stanzas, Jewel’s writing ebbs and flows freely with purity and amazing insight. It is fascinating to read about the often difficult life she had growing up in Alaska, her family life, and her struggles as an aspiring songwriter-musician…when she was younger, and now, as a successful starlet. She teaches us that as our lives change, problems and situations come along, but it’s how one confronts the issues–and how one nurtures one’s own spirit–that truly counts.
Jewel’s constant self-awareness and willingness are evident in every word. Jewel paints ordinary-seeming vignettes with a startling poignancy…embellished with description in just the right way. It’s an amazing book for introspection and reflection regardless of one’s occupation, or how old this book happens to be (published in 2000). Only more proof positive that the written word transcends time and bridges the gap between all of mankind. Jewel is a true inspiration.