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In Search of Sticks

4.71 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
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By Randy Kaneen

In Search of Sticks simultaneously challenges the intellect while surfacing raw emotional response. James, by the standards one generally uses to measure a life, is accomplished. Still, he twists. What if, in the final analysis, it ends up being as much about that which wasn’t done rather than just what was acted upon? Paths are chosen. Steps are taken. A compelling parallel story unfolds–Hope’s African existence. It was emphatically stated that “God does not have favorites.” But is this true? A picture is painted and its canvas is littered with the likenesses of disease and poverty and the images of those trapped in the geography of violence. Despite the forms of tragedy that present themselves, this story is full of hope. The victories are told in the small tales and the sheer numbers who do not sell their souls.

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ISBN 978-1927559208
Number of pages 362
Published Date 06-2014

Reviews (7)

7 reviews for In Search of Sticks

  1. 4 out of 5



    In Search of Sticks, has a lyrical style almost verging on the poetic, making it conducive for contemplation: which is as it should be for a book like this. It provides a gradual and gentle immersion into awareness that arises from an inquiring mind. In the process we come to understand just what it is like in countries where extreme poverty exists, largely as a result of the greed and self interest found in Western nations.

    Descriptions the author paints are so well done, they are forever engraved in my mind. How any human being can survive in such situations is truly amazing. Even more so is our lack of concern.

    The story is a coming of age story of an adult man in the second half of his life as he ponders his circumstances and the wealth he has largely taken for granted. His wealth might be considered normal in Canada but by comparison to many places in the world it is immense, almost obscene wealth.

    It is not alright that so many have so little and so few have so much. What are we going to do about it?

    – Colin Mallard, author of “Stillpoint”

  2. 5 out of 5


    Hope and her family in Africa are born to a life of suffering. James A. Terrance, with a talent for mimicking accents from Australia to Ireland, lives a life of comparative luxury and simple routine in North America. In reading a newspaper article he begins to wonder about the ease of his life and why people in other parts of the world suffer.

    As the story unwinds, the situation in Africa escalates. Violence, disease and starvation loom around every corner. When James decides to do something, a journey of discovery and frustration ensues. Can he make a difference and mobilize others to do so?

    This book is both beautiful and heartbreaking with an omniscient writing style unique in today’s narratives. Kaneen pans from all viewpoints; across the world, his characters, their environments and inside the human soul. With a keen sense of the complexity of the world and the situations we find ourselves in, he paints a philosophically touching picture.

    A literary piece, truly moving and well worth reading.

    – Rose Seiler Scott, winner of the Word Guild award for Historical Fiction

  3. 5 out of 5


    In Search of Sticks seeks to answer the question that so many of us here in prosperous, generally untroubled North America have been asking for a long time now: What are we supposed to do? Randy Kaneen’s story follows James, who could easily stand in for any upper-middle class person with a comfortable house, comfortable job, and comfortable life. James is made to feel uncomfortable, and unlike most of us, he does something about it.

    Does he succeed? This depends on your definition of success, and whether there even is an answer to the question. But the important thing that In Search of Sticks does is show you that every step forward is a step in the right direction, and maybe change won’t happen immediately, but it will eventually. It is possible for people around the world to come together to make a difference, on so many different levels.

    If you like to think, and you want to know how to change thought into progress, this book can show you the way.

    – Vance Ternowski

  4. 4 out of 5


    Life shown from differing perspectives is always good food for the heart and mind. This is an imersive story of the world from opposite poles and lessons there in. A very worthwhile read.

    – Yuan Jur, author of the “Citadel 7” series

  5. 5 out of 5


    In search of Sticks has two voices, one lyrical and poetical and the other practical and caring. The poetical voice is the story of a girl in Africa whose life is shattered by the greed of those surrounding her and yet she is still comforted by acts of kindness. The caring voice is that of a man in the West who does not let the powerlessness he feels sink into apathy.

    A beautiful story.

    – Val Walton

  6. 5 out of 5


    As a lifelong artist and activist, I appreciate the art of storytelling as one of the best ways to inspire an audience. I particularly love stories with ambition to change the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Randy Kaneen is a great storyteller and In Search of Sticks is one of those ambitious stories.

    We follow the journey of James who lives in North America and finds that his talents and abilities give him a voice and a way to be more than a passive bystander in the big picture. And we follow Hope, enduring incredible hardship and trauma in Africa, revealing the fragile beauty of life lived close to the bone.

    In Search of Sticks is written with such vivid detail, I was emotionally invested in every frustrating activist rally and the terror of running for your life and leaving everything behind. For me the story was really about being able to see the difference one person can make. It is a brilliantly inspiring read that will appeal to everyone who longs to be the change they want to see in this world.

    – Rik Leaf, author of “Four Homeless Millionaires”

  7. 5 out of 5


    This is a stunning book. The prose is woven so beautifully it’s almost poetry, and the dual story it tells of strife in Africa countered against the affluence of North America is vivid in its contrasts. It’s a story of pain, but also of hope, and it is a must-read for anyone interested in social justice.

    – Bennett R. Coles, author of the “Virtues of War” trilogy

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