“Weave A Resilient Life” Book Review

A story of tribulations and their importance.

Weave a Resilient Life by Dale Weaver is a revelation of the ordinarily extraordinary.

Weaver said, “This book is an overview of my life, written in eleven chapters, each chapter represents a different phase in my life, and describes some of the hardships I encountered, and what I did to overcome these hardships, so I could be successful and happy.”

The eleven chapter memoir, dedicated to his close encounters and momentous struggles, serves as inspiration to some, as well as broadens the horizons of others.

“I wanted to tell other people, ‘Hey look at all the fun that I’m having. Look at the life I’ve had. Look at all the different things I’ve done. And you can do it too.’” said Weaver.

However, the book is not only made to celebrate victory, but also acknowledge the failures that come with it.

Throughout his life, Weaver has had to face various personal hardships, from trying out for the basketball team, to getting a Ph.D., to learning the ropes in the Air Force.

“People tend to do better when they have to work for their rewards in life. You learn the value of hard work,” said Weaver, “So, in a way, if my brother didn’t pick on me, and if I haven’t had those difficulties I might not have worked as hard. And it turned me into a fighter. If someone tried to confront me or do something to me, I fight back. It brings back a desire to do well.”

110 years ago, in the southern Ukraine, his story began.

Jack Rosen, later becoming Weaver’s maternal grandfather, was three months old when his Jewish family closely evaded the clutches of the Cossack soldiers, who slaughtered the Jews under the power of the Tsar of Russia, and found refuge in the United States of America.

Landing in New York City, Rosen performed street acts, sold apples, and made ends meet as he raised his two children: Arthur and future mother Harriet Rosen, who later marries Syracuse University track star, Robert Weaver.

From there, the story begins to unravel the dark truths of family life: from the emotional abuse by his father to the degenerating brilliance of his brother, to death, to loss.

And yes, to happiness.

Because resilience is not only about bouncing back. It’s about dreaming, and improving, and finding the next place to jump to.