Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

“I think that’s the best gift a teacher can give—not imparting knowledge per se, but just saying “I see something in you. Maybe even more than what you see. I see it, and I love what I see in you.”

  • Title: I Give My Eyes…
  • Author: Brian H. Peterson
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Pages: 171 pages
  • Publication date: April 6, 2018
  • Publisher: Due Santi Press

I came across I Give My Eyes… the other day. I don’t read nonfiction books from an author I don’t know well often, but I gave this book a try. It started with an informal but relatable letter. It spoke about many deep topics such as accepting death for others and yourself, exploring the world as an artist, discussing slow fatal disease(s), developing artistic skills, and more. The story wove those topics together.

This book in particular had a unique set up. Some of it was a narrative, but it also contained personal interviews, both written and spoken. The author got vulnerable in those conversations since he didn’t seem to be there to teach his readers, but rather he explored philosophical concepts about artists, creative works, and more for himself. While discussing those topics, he learned more about them, which is intriguing to read. Brian is also a photographer and spread some of his artwork throughout the book.

My main critique is the juxtaposition from jumping between the narrative to conversations to pictures and more. Some sections had smooth transitions, but others felt weird. In general, it is difficult to have different types of discourse in one piece. I haven’t experienced it enough to know how to do it in the best way.

This book was small, but words filled the page up. I wouldn’t call it a quick read, but it’s not too long of a book. It is a book I’d recommend, especially for artists.

Score: 6.5/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.13/5

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