Who Is the Most Important Person in Your Life in the Book, Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

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Henri Nouwen, a Catholic priest and author, once stated “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand” (Nouwen 1). I find this quote self-evident and significant to me due my past and current friendships. Everyone has experienced a friendship that has not only changed their life, but the way they look at the world. My dear friend Michelle, for instance, changed my mind set on how to treat others. She taught me that not everyone has a fairytale life, even the more privileged kids. In addition, she exhibited that she was enduring the same…show more content…
I live in a small town as well and so many unnecessary things gain attention in my day to day life. Rather than discussing the more important things in life, my fellow peers would much rather chat about who kissed who and where the next party is going to be. Both Cullen and I are disgusted with society and it's lack of concern about the truth and tragedies. I feel as if Cullen and I could converse about what is wrong with the world over piping hot coffee all day long. Another minor character I strongly relate to in the novel is the missionary named Ben. Ben constantly feels pressured to be perfect and yearns to make his father proud of him. His family is extremely religious and this leads Ben to signing up to become a missionary in Africa. I connect not only emotionally, but also spiritually with Ben. Everyone yearns to make their parents proud and become the picture of perfection. Sometimes I feel as if my best isn't good enough. Everyone in the world aspires to be number one in everything they do, but sometimes your best doesn’t make the cut to be considered perfection. At one point in the book, Ben decides to go to college and subsequently disappoints his father by doing so. This becomes a catalyst that causes Ben to kill himself. Everyone has been at a low point in their life, but some of us experience that low point for an extended period of time. Occasionally, something pushes a person off the edge and causes them to make poor decisions, such as

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