Touching the World of Angels; How My Daughter's Short Life Changed Mine has nothing to do with anything resembling information security. But it is the type of book that makes you stop and think about what the important things in life are. The author Seth Clyman is a dear friend of mine, and I think it is a book worth reading.
In May 2000, the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI) named seven mathematical problems, known as the Millennium Prize Problems, all of which focused on important classic mathematical questions that have resisted solution over the years. CMI designated a $7 million prize fund for the solution to these problems, with $1 million allocated to each. Nearly eight years later, only one of the problems has been solved.
In Touching the World of Angels, Seth Clyman tackles a question harder than any Millennium Prize Problem, why do babies die? In truth, Clyman does not look for an explanation to the reason, or why his baby daughter died. He is humble to admit to the obvious impenetrable nature of such a question. Rather the book is his way of making sense of his loss, and a way to comfort others. In the book, Clyman succeeds at both.
Touching the World of Angels is a book that is both raw and inspiring. In 16 short chapters, you enter the abyss that Clyman found himself in during the week after his daughter's death. Reading through the chapters, one can almost feel the pain and anguish. And that pain that the parents felt is unfathomable, yet they somehow came out of it stronger and inspired.
Touching the World of Angels; How My Daughter's Short Life Changed Mine is a book that gives solace to those in pain and inspiration to every reader.
The book offers no answers as to why, since there are none. All it can do is attempt to make sense of it all, to put it into a context that makes gives meaning to the unknowable. And as such, Touching the World of Angels is a book that should be read by all.