If You Ever Need Me,
I Won’t Be Far Away
Author: Bruce Farrell Rosen
Alma Rose Publishing
Bruce Farrell Rosen is an investment officer in a major financial firm by day, and an award winning writer. He has written about sports, politic, economics and music. “If You Ever Need Me” is in essence a reflection on his life – a reflection that mirrors each of our lives. The details will differ, but the essence is the same.
This book was written during a time when Rosen’s marriage was undergoing a very stressful time. It is a reflection on his life, from his very young years to present time. We learn about his mother, Alma Lorraine Rush … wife, mother, and seer. We learn about his father, a troubled, abusive man.
We follow the family from California, to Canada, and back. We follow forays into hockey, major league baseball games, politics, and all of the other things that make up life. Each memory from Rosen’s life comes alive in these pages. We smell the smells, walk the ground, experience the emotions. We follow the logic that lies behind each decision made, and feel the pain of the hard decisions.
As readers, we experience birth, life, and death. We laugh and we cry. We see bits of ourselves, and are reminded of snippets from our own lives. The basic story is over-laid with bits of Eastern and Western philosophy, spirituality, and down home common sense. Rosen goes deeply into the human connection – how ones decisions affect not only ourselves, but those around us. We cheer for a father who wants the best for his two highly creative sons – the same man who had an abusive father of his own.
The signs of the times are apparent all through this book, as expressed through sports, sports figures, music, philosophy, and politics. Those of us who lived through those times relive them in our own mind, through our own lens of perception.
This book is all about understanding ourselves, and our journey. About being will to take that fork in the road, not knowing where it is going to take us. It is about will, determination, and heart. Above all – heart.
This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is a book about life, how to live it well, and how at times we can expect to be thrown a few curve balls. How we deal with the cirve balls shows us who we really are.
© July 2011 Bonnie Cehovet