The Royal Palm is the second book that I got to review from the book blast I participated in that was hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews.
What is this book about?
A thought-provoking tale of the journey of a royal palm born on a tiny island surrounded by mysterious waters. This tender story explores the world of someone wrapped up in herself. Protected by her cousins, the short plain palms, the royal palm grew up beautiful, but very self-centered. Dreaming about life outside the island, she did not bother with her friends, who lived as one big family. Immersed in her own beauty, she only cared for herself, until one day a hurricane struck the tiny island. Then the royal palm discovered the true meaning of family and real friendship. Inspiring story with valuable lessons to be learned and shared.
The story was indeed thought-provoking.
Unlike the royal palm, I am not very vain. I don’t obsess about my looks that much. My clothes are more comfortable than fashionable. Sometimes, I do get bothered by my facial skin because it’s already THAT bad and that long since I had a facial.
Like the royal palm, though, I have the desire to be alone. But my desire was not because of my companions’ appearances. There was one time I had this thought, “If I could be an island, then I would.” I was pertaining to the expression ‘no man is an island’. Reading the story made me think, “Was I being selfish in my wish to be disengaged from others?”
The royal palm certainly learned how being alone in the face of a fierce storm felt like. This fierce storm was described vividly by the author and the ruin of the palm with the silver trunk seemed very pitiful, even if it’s as if she brought this on herself. I wonder if I would still stand when I face hurricanes of my own.
This actually is a simple story yet applicable to all, whether as a lesson or as a reminder; it’s elegantly told and magically drawn. It made me remember these verses about humility:
2 Samuel 22:28 (NIV)
28 You save the humble,
but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.
Proverbs 18:12 (NIV)
12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.
1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)
3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
Would you read this book? Have you had experiences regarding pride and humility?