Albrecht Law - March 2020

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March 2020

From Louis L’Amour to Tolstoy My Reading Journey

My grandfather was someone I looked up to for guidance. He was a WorldWar II veteran who was fascinated by military history and the Wild West. When I was just a kid, he let me borrow his Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey western books, and from the first chapters, I was hooked. If he was reading it, then it must be worth reading. I haven’t strayed too far from that starry-eyed kid who looked up to his grandfather. Today, I enjoy reading history, philosophy, murder mystery, and theological books. I tend to get lost in books with big topics and complex themes, often exposing dark and deep sides to humans. If I’m looking for a dive into a good mystery, I’ll often reach for John Sandford and Scott Turow. I like that way Scott Turow features attorneys; he details the good, the bad, and the ugly about the profession and offers a real and honest perspective. Still, I traditionally only turn to murder mystery books when I need something light to read. I like to say that if I’m going to waste time, I’m going to waste it fully. I’m a huge fan of C.S. Lewis, particularly because of his perspective as a man who grew up an atheist and later developed a Christian faith. I can relate to Lewis’ late-in-life faith, and when I discovered that he was predominantly

influenced by GK Chesterton’s “Everlasting Man,” I knew I had to get my hands on that book. It’s had a big impact on me, and I’m glad I decided to explore the brilliant thinking these authors shared. However, I am also a bit of a historical fiction buff. I really enjoyed reading “Shōgun” by James Clavell. In this book, Clavell highlights the stories of some of the first explorers in Asia, what their interactions were like, and features understanding and appreciation for different cultures. Books offer a whole different world than the one that’s before us, and it’s something I haven’t ever grown tired of. Reading has been a big part of our parenting, and I’m delighted that I often see my eldest and 20-year-old daughter walking around with a book tucked under her arm. It’s been interesting to see how each of their interests have grown and developed as they read more.

Leo Tolstoy, that does not make it a great introductory book for an 11-year-old. When my 19-year-old daughter was 11, she asked about the book. Seeing it as an opportunity, I suggested we read it together. I think we got about 30 pages in before she finally gave up. But that’s the beauty of reading. As you grow, so do your interests, and your tastes in books develop further. Because of my grandfather, I’ve graduated from reading Westerns to philosophy and discovering the stories of ancient Asia. Reading is a fluid action, and we have the power to make it our own. Through the page, we can experience spaces and times beyond our own.

This Month’s Happiest Client!

“Matt is a damned good attorney and more important than that, he’s an excellent human being. Finding an attorney who genuinely understood my daughter and who was interested in how SHE felt is an enormous gift. I can’t say enough about this guy.” -Billie G.

P.S. If you have a book you think I’d like, let me know! I’m always looking to add to my bookshelf.

Of course, I did learn a humorous lesson: Just because you love “War and Peace” by

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