“Five Steps” by Tim I. Gurung is a deeply moving story about John and his mission to find answers to some of life’s most profound questions. One peaceful evening, John, his wife Jenny, and their seven year-old son Matthew were returning home after visiting a friend in Hong Kong. While sitting at a traffic light on their way home, a sudden explosion blast through the air, burning everything in its radius. John lost his family in this horrific incident, and nearly lost his own life, but after an extended period of recuperation, was released from the hospital.
A despondent John returns to the scene of the tragic event in search of something, anything that will help him understand what happened on that fatal day. The only thing remaining at the scene is a memory stick, which John discovers has five phone numbers on it and nothing else. John is determined these phone numbers will lead him to the answers he is seeking and sets out on a journey to visit the people on the other end of the phone lines. This journey takes him all over the world: Japan, Tibet, India, America and England, and during this quest John discovers the meaning of his life. This is the only way he will resolve the conflict in his heart, allowing him to make peace with himself, with God, and with the senseless tragedy suffered by his family.
I thought the author chose a very unique way to broach such emotional and thought-provoking subject matters, and thoroughly enjoyed the read. The descriptions of the majestic settings visited by John truly brought me to a place where I felt like I was a visitor along for the ride on his journey. John’s character did seem to be lacking in depth a bit in the beginning of the story, but I was delighted to find that he developed more as his journey progressed, and it totally makes sense with the story line. I found the story to be a bit confusing in the beginning as well but again, everything comes together as the story evolves. The ending was a bit of a surprise to me, but a perfect conclusion to a profound story.
I recommend “Five Steps by Tim I. Gurung to all lovers of a great story as well as those looking for inspiration and personal growth. Well done.