“Musical Hugs” – The Book
At its core, Musical Hugs is a book about music and why it matters.
Musical Hugs provides readers a front row seat to what it looks and feels like to bring the gift of music to heal the most vulnerable of audiences – hospitalized children.
Through firsthand accounts of hospital visits, Musical Hugs reveals the joy and pain, the power and the limits of music to improve the human condition.
Musical Hugs shares the authors’ personal journey where he discovered performing his music mattered more when it benefited others. This book shares how one man’s journey to serve that offers an example to anyone who desires to make a difference in our world.
Musical Hugs is an expression Larry coined to describe how he serves through expressions of love, one song at a time. His intention is to inspire others to unleash their own gifts in service to others.
Larry Dykstra has written a book that should be read by anyone who has ever uttered the following words, “Someone should do something about that!” As you read this book, you may come to understand that the “someone” who needs to do something is you!
Larry’s book touched me. His journey is told in a heartfelt, honest way. As I read “Musical Hugs” I found myself grabbing for the Kleenex and ultimately cheering as Larry found this incredible path. His good writing and true sense of mission are evident.
As Larry examines his own reactions to each new step of his journey, his honest, engaging stories draw the reader in to experience them alongside him. Such stories can touch deep places in us all.
Musical Hugs is a warm, thought-provoking, and enjoyable reflection on music, compassion, communication, and calling, and the intersections between them. As with any good story, there are lessons to be learned here, not only about Larry’s journey, but about my own.
What a fantastic and inspiring read this book is! Through these stories, Larry has reminded me of the best parts of my own life and re-energized me to seek even more earnestly to serve the precious children on our planet. For young and old, music connects with, nurtures and heals the child spirit within.