This novel begins to answer these questions in the most reflective, creative, and inspiring way.
Gordon’s characters are reminiscent of the John Galts of the literary world, but more accessible. Through these characters, Gordon ignites a desire in the reader. A desire to do something differently. Whether that be thinking more creatively, using your talents for good, or being kinder to yourself. It can mean anything, and it’s up to the reader to decide.
One of the most poignant things about good writing is an author’s ability to put our deepest thoughts and desires into words that we don’t even always know how to express ourselves. Gordon does just that. He creates both a uniquely individual experience for the reader and a sense that we really are all in this together. He does this in the most genuine way, and it leaves the reader feeling inspired. I highly recommend this novel.
Light in the Tunnel has a unique slant – a novel that strives to impart daily wisdom into the plot. It’s an excellent book to read for self reflection. The author paints beautiful word pictures with his use of language. I am a voracious reader – generally read mysteries and fantasy – this book does not have the gripping plot line I usually enjoy. It does have fully formed, introspective characters. They very often think or say pithy quotes you might find in a self-help book or philosophical thesis. The advantage of this is the reader stops to think about what was said – the disadvantage is that it slows the pace of reading. I suspect a reader of mostly nonfiction would not find it a disadvantage! I think this would be an excellent choice for a Book Club – there are many points of view to discuss as a male, female, young or older person – and points of view about drugs, politics, marriage, education and life in general.
There are many inspiring ideas in A Light in the Tunnel, but I most enjoyed reading about the model school, “Gratitude.” With Gratitude, the author paints a creative and well-thought out picture of the ideal school. In my mind’s eye, I can see the wide-open spaces, the rooms filled with puzzles and games, and the hallways designed with skateboarders in mind. I love the idea of stepping into a closed in “pod,” where I can listen to music or do independent research whenever I want. In this unique environment, the students design the classes, have a voice in school-guidelines, and can decide when and how they want to learn. This book belongs on every educators shelf.
Take your time reading this gem. Savor each chapter. Gordon’s perspective is worth contemplating. He addresses many of our culture’s shortcomings and dares to offer concrete solutions. I am still mad at Nathaniel Hawthorne for not including the most inspiring Sermon that Dimmsdale ever gave. He just describes people’s reactions to it. What a missed opportunity to not use a reading audience to its fullest potential. Gordon exceeds my reading expectations, which are high due to my 32 years of analyzing and teaching novels, Bravo! A short but dense read.
A Light in the Tunnel is an inspirational gem. The author has a true gift of capturing you and making you want more! Looking forward to his next publish!
The author wrote an engaging, thought provoking, well written story that takes us from our mundane way of life and brings us to a deeper more passionate world.
His personal beliefs and philosophy are obviously shared throughout. He creates a utopia which has me yearning for.
Well done Mr. Gordon
Amazing ideas and philosophical discourse. Highly recommend to everyone!
I was given the opportunity to design this book cover. When Abraham approached me with a manuscript a few months before release, I naturally was curious. This is unlike any fiction book I have read before. Its a book for thinkers and ponderers. It shows us what is capable when we look at the magic of life and the universe. While it may lead itself to a bit of a slower read due to its size, its a phenomenal book that introduces so many great ideas about life, love and the larger framework of our world. A fantastic book to share with friends that are open to conscious conversations and debate. It’s also one of those books that you can mark up, journal with and pause and digest after reading some truly revelatory prose. This was one hell of a read and as a big reader, I was so happy to apply my design talents to aid in bringing this book to life. Very proud of have worked with the author and lighting the flame of creation when it came to this book.
Thisis the first time in a while that I have read a book in such a short time frame. I read it cover to cover in less than 2 weeks but in 3 reading sessions. I felt the same excitement when I last read “The shack” and “The Alchemist.”
It was like the author was telling me a story that already happened. It gave me a hope I haven’t felt in a while. In this time we are living we need viable solutions, quite a few of these were offered in a very realistic way! It kept me off kilter the whole time by not knowing what direction the story would go next.
It also addresses issues we are facing today and the author is not afraid to delve into the why’s and how’s. He really builds the characters by allowing you to truly enter their mental space.
If you’re looking for an uplifting read that sparks your mind to open up to the possibilities. Look no further!
Thisbook is filled with warmth, kindness, and joy. So much so that it’s easy to miss the fact it’s also overflowing with sometimes-subversive insight. For example, the book looks thoughtfully at what the educational system really teaches people; not at “what are we learning in school?” but at “what is the way we are schooled telling us?” The book posits a disturbing truth: that we are taught fear, complacency, and doubt in ourselves and our ability to recognize the truth; but it also makes a profoundly positive point: that we must practice gratitude, honor our common sense, and work with patience and trust to improve ourselves and our world, here and now. I found the book inspiring, insightful, and fun!
This book offers an optimistic, just-possible vision of a future where people have finally learned from the collective mistakes of history and summon the strength of community to bring about much-needed change. The characters and plot provide a compelling narrative that helps the reader understand the relationship of the personal to the political, and affirms the reader’s wildest hopes for humanity. More than a utopic tale, this book, brimming with manifestos and complex intimate insights, can be seen and implemented as a guidebook toward a brighter future for all.
Not since “Ishmael” has a book impacted how I think we should teach our young as much as “Light in the Tunnel” has. The author takes us on a journey from every day life as we know it to a future that frees the individual to be their best though self directed learning. I was honored to be one of the first draft readers and the future set forth in the book has made me wish I could go back to my teaching days and do it over. I recommend this book to educators both professional and home-school.
The book was interesting to me on so many levels. Out of difficulty came thought, awareness, wisdom and action for the main character. I like that so much better then adversity being uses as an excuse. This world is sorely in need of some different ways of thinking and I am pleased to see this young author envisioning a brighter tomorrow through awareness, kindness, thought, and action. Abraham is an extremely talented writer with a clear vision of a brighter world tomorrow. I hope this book inspires you too.
Abraham/Avi looks deeply into the possible. When I read about the Gratitude school, I wanted to know more. This was a truly satisfying examination of education, politics, economics and so much more! You’re sure to find thought provoking ideas in A Light in the Tunnel!
Great NOVEL! Very descriptive and thought provoking. Pulls on your heart strings. So, If you’re a book worm and love to read, this novel is for you.
Engaging read with many thought provoking themes throughout. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others!
Not since the Oversoul books by Jane Roberts has a novel captured and directed my attention inward toward the purity and positive potential of our true and authentic self. I had no idea until partway through, and then it became crystal clear. I then started afresh from the beginning. Thank you for the gift of your enlightened perspective, Abraham (Avi) Gordon!