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Robert had reached the summit of many mountains. His adventures took him to unimaginable heights, yet his greatest achievements were not in conquering these majestic beauties, but in his ability to reach people in need. That is, until he's the one facing the toughest climb of his life.

Roberto Sanchez is living the dream; one could say the man had it all. He is blessed with
Paperback, 388 pages
Published September 15th 2014 by Jack A. Langedijk (first published September 12th 2014)
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Deeply Crafted!

" It's not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves. "

I had been traveling for a long time and I couldn't find much time to read. But once I did, I was unstoppable. The book didn't let me put it down for a while.

And when I did finish reading it, all I felt was - invincible.

These invincibility notions can be created only by innovative books like it!

It is narrated in different timelines but it doesn't seem as a barrier to the plot rather it was the strongest and thoughtful theme th
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 100-pages
Some novels have their decided beauty in them, this is one of them.

And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth's shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man's weak praise should be given God's attention.

I confess that Because was not an usual read for me. I had my own insecurities and uncertainty that if I ca
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! "BECAUSE" is an inspiring book I highly recommend!

Perhaps it was serendipity for me to receive an advance copy; I read it while considering a career and other personal changes in my life. Unexpectedly, “change” is a key element in this story. A part of me related to Robert (the main character) in an enormous way – at times where I couldn’t put the book down. I needed to know what happened next; how was the situation resolved?! Occasionally, moments in the book had me pause and wonde
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Because” was not my usual choice of reading material. I don't generally read memoirs or anything much in the non-fiction genre, but I was given an advance copy and thought I’d give it a try. I was surprised to find myself unable to put this book down. I found “Because” to be compelling and moving. The author’s writing style is very direct, and character driven.

The narrative moves easily and fluidly from past to present, allowing the author to tell many connected stories, while maintaining a coh
Sandy Leffew ferrara
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of Beta reading this work. I highly recommend this story to everyone of every age and every background. It has something special that will make everyone just a little better for having read it.

Robert Sanchez is a man who has it all, while living all his dreams to the fullest, his professional life is one that reaches others and truly has impact, his wife is the love of his life and his support, his daughter completes him as they encourage each others to reach the stars, a tra
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for free at the author's request.
The antithesis to this book's central theme would be, 'Age is the killer of dreams.' I know this because I am there. Roberto Sanchez, the protagonist, would work his mind and heart to death trying to make me believe otherwise. but he would not quote platitudes intended to bolster my weary body and soul. Still, he would never give up on me and my depressing thought that at my age there are no more mountains that I can climb.

Robert Sanchez had a pa
Saradia Chatterjee
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Because is an uplifting read. I simply can't express my feelings about this book in a nutshell. It causes multiple emotions to stir up in the mind and persistently tries to connect you with the thoughts that lie at the core of this greatly inspiring story. I guess I should start with the title. It immediately makes you think unlike some titles which are very self-explanatory. I was curious about it when I started reading the book but I arrived at some kind of an answer only after completing the ...more
Michael Head
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Langedijk explores the depths of human suffering in a realistic, uplifting way. His characters deal with real and relatable issues that affect so many people today, especially the young. By showing the universality of depression and suicidal thoughts, readers are able to witness the characters’ overcoming their hardships. They find ways to cope, and to heal, that are as inspiring as they are incredible. Through all this, the characters never step beyond the limits of believability, and they must ...more
Carine Blokker
I just finished the book and i loved it! Its a book about people ....about cruelty of life sometimes..that whatever happens, you always have a choice ..The characters are becoming family ...you just have to love them all! I recommend this book to everyone to read...because....reading this book made me realise how lucky i am ......its just all about love, and thats the most important thing in life! Thanks Jack for writing such a beautiful book!
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I honestly could not finish this. The story did not captivate me enough...
Dorky Girl
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a hear breaking story of a man so close to falling. This is a glimpse into the struggling life of someone with a disability and the challenges they face. At times I found this book hard to read due to the fact that it's written so well that you are living it rather than reading it. This book proves just how strong a person can be after tragedy changes a life.

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Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Disclosure: I was offered this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Toronto resident, Jack Langedijk wrote because which captures in many ways the essence of the city. The protagonist is a fourth generation Argentinean, his daughter's boyfriend is from Vietnam, his wife's employers are from Hongkong, and then there is Amir from Guyana, Aaron Aobla from Uganda, a therapist who wears a headscarf, and three students - one black, one Korean, and one white. A true melting pot of characters livi
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I liked this book because I like inspirational stories. It was occasionally a little over the top, but isn't that a requirement of good fiction? If not a little over the top where's the pizzaz? Is just plain old ordinary every day life going to sell? Some worthwhile qualities of this book are: 1. There were some new instances of life-wisdom that I underlined as I read. 2. It used the messages in popular songs to help its characters cope with life and to eventually succeed. 3. It coalesces around ...more
Julie Failla Earhart
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was invited by the author’s press people to read/review Because. Sounded great. When it arrived in the mail, I was more than a little skeptical. If I had seen this on a bookshelf, I would have passed it by. The cover art is confusing, the title is boring and weird (that lowercase “b” really threw me off), and the back cover text didn’t pull me in.
Then, I started reading. The first 23 pages were bad. I had no idea what was happening. Thank God for my 50-page rule (I almost always give a book 50
Anne Martin
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this book, but it gave me the feeling of something unfinished. We have a brilliant man who until now did what he wanted with his life. He changed jobs when he felt like it, and spent a lot of time climbing mountains or preparing for the next ascension, or organizing memories and mementos of the past one. His wife is devoted to him, his daughter adores him, he turns his passion into some kind of charitable work by helping lost souls. He takes troubled or even suicidal students with him on ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I feel strongly that ten years from now we'll be hearing Jack Langedijk’s name often and recalling the experience of reading the first of his many published works, Because, like we recall a poignant life memory. The story of Robert Sanchez is heart-wrenchingly beautiful, unprecedentedly attention-commanding, and from me it has earned the compliment every good author attains to, which is: "I couldn't put this book down!"

This is not a simple story. The drama is complicated, the story is revealed
Cheryl Bradley
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Roberto Sanchez is known for two things - scaling some of the most dangerous mountains in the world and working with the most at-risk kids. When an avalanche at Mt. Everest causes Robert to lose both his legs, he falls into a deep depression and shuts down. None of the advice he used in his past workshops helps him. When his daughter, Jenny, receives her father's mountain climbing journal in the mail - the one he told her would be her inheritance and she would only get once he was dead - it is a ...more
Dennis Larsen
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book quite some time ago, but life got busy and I sat it aside and never got back to it. I’m kicking myself now, having read it this past week. I thought perhaps I would write a review, given that I can’t stop thinking about the character’s circumstances and how, to a small degree, some of his challenges mirrored mine. I have pondered and reflected on the story, which, for me, is the mark of a great book – the ideas, characters, and circumstances stay with me long afte ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I had a pleasure winning the book on the first reads. I apriciate the opportunity I got. This genre is not my usual choice of reading material, but a brief summary made me very interested in content.

A title itself is very suitable. The book is about finding that Because - something which will represent the purpose of life. The author explored the difficult life situations, and depths of human suffering. This book is about finding the reason. This is a story about the man finding his way through
Brenda Forsey
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the beginning, I did not really want to read this book - it wasn't "my type". It's not science fiction, a murder mystery or the like. But, because I said I would, I started the first page...then the second...and interestingly, finished the first chapter, feeling I need to read the next chapter. And so my journey began. Without realizing it, I was seduced by Jack's story-telling into becoming invested in the characters. I wanted to know what was happening to them, why, what would happen as the ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I loved the three kids (Nancy, Phillip, and Troy) and Robert's character development was written really well. It's a book of hope; a great read when you're feeling a little down. I loved how the author used songs, and it was really great because I recognized most of the songs (if not all.) I also liked the balance between the present, the past, and Robert's journal. I didn't find it confusing at all and thought it was written brilliantly. One thing about this book is that t ...more
Tom Pitts
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was an interesting read. I originally wanted to read it because of the combination of mountaineering and faith, but it turned out to be so much more. The flipping back & forth between present & past events at first seemed distracting, but it was a very effective way to show how the life-changing events affected Robert's life and his idea of his value. It made me think more deeply about how we value people, including ourselves. Having someone else who had suffered tragedy, accepted it, ...more
Teresa Kander
I really wanted to like this book, but it just never really held my attention and sucked me in the way books do which I truly enjoy. I get the premise behind it, but it didn't really bring out any emotions in me. I was not inspired the way I expected I would be. I was incredibly disappointed by this book.

My biggest problem with it was the way the story jumped from the present day to four months prior and back again. I would have been able to follow it much easier if it had been in chronological
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was entriging. I really enjoyed the writing style, and the characters and wanted to find out what happened to them in the end, but the journey was a bit too long winded for me.In the end I did just skim read the last third of the book. I think perhaps the stories of the troubled kids were a bit repetitive and bogged the story down a bit. It was strange, When I was reading the book I enjoyed it, but it took me ages to finish it as I kept finding all sorts of other things to do instead o ...more
Lesley Mackechnie
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended to me a few weeks ago and is now in my list of favorite books ever. I was on an emotional roller coaster the entire time I was reading it. Because I read this incredible book I know that many of the questions and challenges that face us each and every day will be much easier to deal with now having read this. Can I? And I can, will be two small words that will come to mind now each and every day. I look forward to reading another book by Jack Langedijk soon.
Deborah Blanchard
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
because is a wonderful and uplifting book. It deals with real life issues that so many of us face every day. The narrative is smooth and transitions well from chapter to chapter. The writing is good and it brings forth such a variety of emotions. It takes you on a spiritual journey through the changes we face in life.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
You-Jin Kim
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
This book was amazing !!
It really gave me so many feels and I fell in love with the characters. It really had me wondering how it was going to end and when it did end how it did I was so happy. It was just an asdfghjkl kind of book!!
Consuelo Murgia
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a story about sad events which can change your life, risking to destroy everything you had. It is painful to read, but we can hope to find a glimmer of hope at the end.
Vicky Boackle
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book,it had a truly inspirational ending.
Elaine Nicholas-VanPelt
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book in exchange for a honest review.. well this book honestly inspired me !!! this is a must read for any and everyone !!! loved it !!!
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Jack Langedijk is an accomplished actor, director and producer of hundreds of film, television and theatre productions. His 40 years of experience as a passionate storyteller with contagious optimism and original ideas has helped him develop and deliver many ground-breaking workshops in leadership and communication.

Jack founded QUEST-I’m-ON, with a mission to create and foster healthy relationshi

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