The Invisible Backpack: A Life of Courage: #RWYK Certified Great Read

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The Invisible Backpack: A Life of Courage by William L Hartwick: #RWYK Certified Great Read–Book Review


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Congratulations to William L Hartwick!

The Invisible Backpack: A Life of Courage is our latest Certified Great Read!




The Invisible Backpack is a labor of love created from a life-long struggle to come to terms with who the author is and accept himself as he was meant to be. We are all born with an invisible backpack on our backs. It is where we put all the hurts of life. When we are young and courageously climbing the stairs of life, it is extremely light, and we really don’t know it’s there. As we get older, it gets heavier with whatever pain, grief, or trauma we experience. Unfortunately, we resist taking these feelings out of our backpacks and let go of them. Some of us hold onto them so tightly, we forget to make room for the things that lighten our load…forgiveness, acceptance, tolerance, and love. For if we can put these items in our backpacks, it will cancel out all of the negative things we’ve been holding onto, and our life journeys will become much lighter.

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About the Author

William L. Hartwick was born and raised in Crescent City, California, the northern tip of the great state, the last incorporated city in California before Oregon. It’s the home of the Smith River and the giant redwoods, a beautiful place for a little boy to grow up and become the man he is today.

He’s retired from a 30-year career as an educator, teaching first grade and serving as an elementary school principal. Now he’s an author, a blogger and motivational speaker. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona pursuing his dreams as a motivational speaker and author.



“The Invisible Backpack: A Life of Courage” by William L. Hartwick is a multifaceted literary work that transcends traditional boundaries, offering readers a profound and introspective journey through the complexities of human existence. It isn’t your typical book. It’s like a treasure trove of different literary goodies that go beyond the usual stuff. Sure, there’s a captivating story, but what really sets it apart are the awesome poems sprinkled throughout. They cover everything from the importance of teaching to the preciousness of children and the gamble that is life. Each one adds another layer to the book’s big themes of resilience, love, and growing as a person. It’s like getting a bonus with your main course—makes the whole experience even richer!

Hartwick’s poem “Teaching” serves as a powerful ode to the invaluable role of educators in shaping the minds and hearts of future generations. Through evocative imagery and heartfelt sentiments, Hartwick emphasizes the transformative power of education rooted in empathy, compassion, and love. He eloquently underscores the notion that teaching extends far beyond the confines of the classroom, encompassing the sharing of life experiences and the cultivation of a nurturing environment where children can thrive.

Similarly, “Children Are so Precious” serves as a poignant reminder of the profound responsibility we bear in safeguarding the innocence and well-being of the young. Hartwick’s impassioned plea against child abuse reverberates with empathy and urgency, urging readers to nurture and protect the inherent joy and honesty of children. Through his words, he implores us to reflect on the impact of our actions and to prioritize compassion and understanding in our interactions with the most vulnerable members of society.

As the collection unfolds, Hartwick explores a diverse array of themes, ranging from the uncertainties of life’s journey (“Life’s a Gamble”) to the pursuit of personal excellence (“Climbing That Mountain”). Each poem serves as a testament to Hartwick’s keen insight into the human condition, offering readers moments of introspection and inspiration amidst life’s myriad challenges.

Moreover, the inclusion of deeply personal poems such as “Awakening,” “Mom and Dad,” and “Proposal” adds a profoundly intimate dimension to the collection, providing readers with glimpses into the author’s own experiences of love, loss, and self-discovery. Through these verses, Hartwick lays bare his vulnerability, inviting readers to accompany him on a deeply personal odyssey of growth and self-realization.

To wrap it up, “The Invisible Backpack: A Life of Courage” is like a literary rollercoaster ride. It’s packed with poetry, stories, and deep thoughts that tug at your heartstrings and make you see the world in a new light. William L. Hartwick really lays it all out there, inviting you to join him on a journey of self-discovery and resilience. This book proves that storytelling isn’t just about entertainment—it’s a powerful tool for exploring our own lives and connecting with others. So if you’re ready for a transformative read, grab a copy and dive in!

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