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  • A Couple of Recommended Books
    [Mayor Park Won Soon's Hope Journal 230]

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  • 1. A line written by Poet Jang Seok-ju in his poem A Jujube Fruit expresses his thoughts about ordeals occasioned by a typhoon or thunder and lightning are contained in a piece of jujube fruit. I think what the poet means to say is that nothing is easy. If you are experiencing hardship, it is better to see it as a time of thunder and lightning in the process of bearing fruit.

    2. A book can be a good friend in a time of difficulty. May I recommend a couple of good books? You will find the book Misaeng (Yun Tae-ho; Wisdom House) to be somewhat like a colleague at work. It is a comic strip book, but do not underestimate it.

    Mr. Park Yong-hu is a perspective designer who receives a salary from thirteen companies. His first book, Design Your Perspectives (Park Yong-hu; FromBooks), will get to you like a senior.

    The documentary novel Jungle Malli (The Long Jungle) (Jo Jung-rae; Haenaem) will become a stranger friend for you and help you build your spirit.

    A Piece of Advice That Gave Me Courage (Jeong Ho-seung; Gimyeongsa) is also a good book. You don’t have to start reading it from the first page as each page contains a fresh idea. Another similar book is Eight Words (Park Ung-hyeon; BookHouse).

    Bonobo Bank (Lee Jong-su and others; Bookie) is a book that contains a story about social financing. This book is like a friend who can teach you many things.

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