By Jack A. Langedijk


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“I’m not supposed to be here!”


The tragic accident on Mount Everest changes everything for Roberto Sanchez, a loving 48-year-old husband to Monique, and father to Jenny. As a professional mountain climber and motivational speaker, he had reached the summit of many mountains and helped others reach theirs.


Now facing the toughest climb of his life, Roberto is troubled by his own ideals and morals. As his family life tumbles through turbulent events, he is no longer the giver of service but the recipient – a shift that instills anger and pushes away the people he loves most.


When Jenny receives her father’s private journal – the one he promised as her inheritance, once he was dead – it is a race against time for her to get to him…before it’s too late.


"Because" I absolutely loved this book



I absolutely loved this book! What an amazing journey of self-discovery. From the very first line in this book, "I'm not supposed to be here", I felt as if this story was written just for me. I'm not supposed to be here either. I'm not supposed to be going through another possible cancer diagnosis. How had I come to be reading this book at this time in my life? I felt like the main character Robert, and that I was now starting my own climb and asking questions of myself? What was my life worth? I just had to just keep reading more. I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter.


Going through the book I found something in each character that I believe we can all relate to, from Robert's wife Monique, his daughter Jenny, to Troy, Philip and Nancy and how everyone has an impact on someone in their life without even realizing it. That is what makes this book such a great book. It really makes you look at your own life and has you asking questions of yourself.
I found myself not being able to put the book down. The suspense in the final chapters left me sitting on the edge of my seat.


I highly recommend this book. Not only was this book life changing for me but it brought me hope and inspiration at a time when I really needed it. This is a must read book for everyone.

Elisa from Amazon


Stunning art and a gift to humanity

I feel strongly that ten years from now we'll be hearing Jack Langedijk’s name often and recalling the experience of reading the first of his many published works, Because, like we recall a poignant life memory. The story of Robert Sanchez is heart-wrenchingly beautiful, unprecedentedly attention-commanding, and from me it has earned the compliment every good author attains to, which is: "I couldn't put this book down!"


This is not a simple story. The drama is complicated, the story is revealed subtly. The dimensions of Robert's past and present, the intricacies of his relationships, were revealed in an ever-deepening cascade of naked truths until I, the reader, felt so deeply entrenched in all that made up the layers of Robert's life that I simply had to finish reading. I rushed headlong and with utter abandon towards the ending, with an aching need to know that this beautiful person would be OK in the end. You'll have to read it yourself to find out. Read the first chapter and you'll be hooked. You too will need to know that Robert and Monique will be OK.


If you read one book this year, one book that you will think over and mull over and allow to seep slowly and deeply into the marrow of your soul, let this book be it. And then, when you've finished reading it, spend some time to find the "Robert" in your own life. There's a little bit of “Because” in all of us, I believe, and I owe Mr. Langedijk a debt of gratitude for the gift this book has brought to my own life.

Monica LaSarre from Amazon


Wonderful book!

“Because” was not my usual choice of reading material. I don't generally read memoirs or anything much in the non-fiction genre, but I was given an advance copy and thought I’d give it a try. I was surprised to find myself unable to put this book down. I found “Because” to be compelling and moving. The author’s writing style is very direct, and character driven.


The narrative moves easily and fluidly from past to present, allowing the author to tell many connected stories, while maintaining a cohesive narrative thread, each chapter building the momentum of the story and fleshing out characters, but never causing the story to lag.


I tend to be put off by anything remotely emotional, or inspirational but this book manages to be both without being mawkish or weepy. Dialogue is particularly good, really well written and engaging. The characters are moody and the main character is even downright unlikeable at times.


The author doesn’t gloss over the main characters despair, but rather builds the story and to a believable and satisfying conclusion, with each story line reaching a believable transcendence over the characters struggles or limitations. This really was an inspiring story. Considering my own hesitation about the genre, I was very, very impressed and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read. I look forward to more work by this author.

Christina from Amazon

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