The story of life is attempted by Manuel Viamonte Jr. M.D. in his book The Greatest Gift. Beginning from the very origins of the Universe, the author takes us through a journey from the formation of stars and our planet, right through to the ultimate creation(?), humanity. He leads us up to the present day and ask some deep and compelling questions: Does God Exist? What is our Purpose? Do we have a soul? How can we make our lives fulfilling and worthwhile? Viamonte puts forward his own prescription for a happy and healthy life, one that appears to lean heavily, but not exclusively, on modern, “new age”, thought, especially as it is applicable to “The Law of Attraction”. He offers us a vision on how to live each day to achieve our full potential as human beings.
Although the early parts of the story do rely heavily on some understanding of basic physics and the origins of the universe, for this non-scientific layman, it was written in such a way as to be (almost) totally understandable. The very nature of the breadth of this subject meant, given the relative size of the book, many of the topics could only be given a superficial brush-over and mention in passing. That having been said, the focus on day-to-day living and what is truly important to us to live full and contributing lives was well put together and extremely persuasive. Manuel Viamonte Jr. M.D. has clearly done his research and the references were extensive and exhaustive. What do we take from The Greatest Gift? Well, the greatest gift, is simply, life itself and it is up to us, as individuals, to use that life wisely, well, and with consideration for all others of our society; all other humans, animals, plants, and the environment in general. Harmony is the key to making The Greatest Gift work for us all.