Holding On is a book that I have to force myself to put down. When I start reading it I just cant stop. I wish some of the profiles were much longer than they are. The best part of the book is the people. How he found these people I dont know. Their stories are amazing. I could sit and listen to their stories all day long. I even have my wife read about some of the people. For example, after I read about Robert Shields I had my wife read his profile. You see, my wife is a psychologist and she analyzed Shields for me, that was interesting. I thought he had issues.
Tommie Bass is a special man. It really struck me to read about Bass. Isay starts the profile with a story told by Bass. I love that. Its like a movie that opens up with the action. It grabs your attention right away. Bass tells how he started his little herb business. I can only picture a little scrawny boy trying to haul a few pounds of herbs around. This first paragraph told us a lot about Bass. It tells about his fathers profession and how he got started in the herbs and how he started to get recognized in the community.
What really stood out to me about Bass was that he loved to help people. One of his first cures was the man trying to help his daughter with colitis. He would not charge this guy any money, even after the man offered him $5.00. Bass said, "Man, you mean to tell me that you think I'd charge you five dollars to get something to cure your little girl?" I read that like Bass was offended by the man for wanting to pay him. Bass was a good man. He wanted to serve his neighbors. Only if we all would do that, this world would be a better place.
The reading was easy. The language seemed to be like I would talk. But the funny think I thought was very interesting was that he referred himself as "we." It makes you wonder who the "we" are. It does me.