To Hold the Sun by Chas Watkins

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To Hold the SunTo Hold the Sun by Chas Watkins

This delightful and engaging story outlines the experiences of a young, poor, and disillusioned reporter who is enticed to do a series of articles about Paul, an unconventional philosopher and motivational speaker. In lieu of payment, he gets to travel to and dive on Roatan, arguably one of the most beautiful, pristine islands in the Caribbean. Through a series of meetings, the reporter gets to know Paul’s innermost philosophies. He learns an alternate way of living from a man who strives to perfect handstands on a dock and practices the art of happiness.

The author developed the book as a guide to help his children live their lives in a way that would allow them to enjoy the journey. Drawing on wildly diverse disciplines including stoicism, neuroscience, skepticism, behavioral economics, and spirituality; the reader is taken on a journey that exposes the author’s philosophy of life. He demonstrates that happiness is indeed a choice.

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My Thoughts

To Hold the Sun by Chas Watkins is a book that really made me think. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when the story started. But wow, when I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. It’s very interesting but hard to describe what it is about the story that jumped from the pages and kept me there. It’s not like any other book I’ve read. I felt like it was helping me to discover things about myself and to think about what I need to be happy. It really is worth giving a try…it isn’t what you would expect at all! Entertaining and intriguing from the first page.

The author wrote this story to send his children off into the world. This is a book that I think I’ll be giving to my daughter when she’s going off to college, or heading out into the world. It’s something I think teaches valuable information that is relevant for everyone.

About the Author

Chas WatkinsChas Watkins was born and raised in England and is a naturalized Australian. His children are all American, which he finds very confusing. He moved to Roatan nine years ago. He has an unused degree in electronics from Hull University in England and has somehow managed to work for many fine and good companies without being fired.

After the raging madness of the dotcom world in California, he moved to Roatan to settle with his family. Chas currently pretends to work as a Realtor and Radio DJ. He reads an awful lot, watches the sunrise and sunset every day and consumes way too much coffee. He runs on the beach in the mornings, practices handstands, and lives happily on Roatan with his cat Gary and the children who have not yet deserted him. Even on his best day he is nothing like his character Paul, but strives to be so.

Occasionally he “likes to dance as if no one is watching” which is ironic as his dancing makes people stare. If you are really unlucky, you may meet him, and whatever you do, don’t offer him a drink as he is a very rude and uninteresting person.

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