If there’s one thing that can be said about my reading habits, it’s that they’re all over the place. I can’t ever pin down one genre – or even a few – that I like more than all others. Just as soon as I think I know all the different kinds of books I read, I read another and it broadens my experience even further. That’s one of the things today’s book taught me: to never be contented with thinking that I know.
It Takes Only One is an allegorical tale of a young spirit, a baby with no name, no gender, no obvious race, no particular nationality—just humanity—a literary “Everyman” on a hero’s journey into self knowledge. Our Baby Blue is a clear and empty slate who meets characters beloved the world over who teach Baby that “It Takes Only One” to do the job you are born to do.
Legendary and mythological characters who share their wisdom include redwood trees, Scottish witches, moon goddesses, elephants, Quan Yin, Alice and the Wonderland characters, the Greek Oracle at Delphi, the Arthurian legend Fisher King and more.
This adventure into truth and wisdom becomes an odyssey of discovery: how to save the world (and yourself) as only you can.
There were so many legendary and mythological characters in this book, it’s hard to know where to begin. Some of the characters the baby encounters I knew, while others I was only hearing of for the first time.
A unique aspect of this book was that, after each of the individual but connected tales, the author explains where the characters come from. While I would have liked to see these included only at the very end of the book, it was a nice touch to have them.
I give this book three of five stars for being interesting and insightful in a lighthearted way. I recommend it to fans of allegorical tales, mythology, and New Age.