The Balance Point Book
The Balance Point took first place in the Science/Nature/Environment category in the the 2018 TopShelf Indie Book Awards!
It also won first place in the 2019 Book Excellence Awards in the Sustainability category.
It was also a finalist in the Current Events/Social Change category in the Top Shelf Indie Book Awards.
It also won the New York City Big Book Awards in two separate categories: Environment, and Spirituality!
It also took the Bronze in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards Category: Essay/Creative Non-Fiction. The IPPY award is the largest book awards contest in the world: 5,500 entries from over 2,000 authors and publishers. Entries come from all 50 states, all of the Canadian provinces, and about a dozen other English-speaking countries.
The Balance Point is a story of a search for something so mysterious that the main character doesn't even know what it is, or how to recognize it if he finds it. It touches on science, mathematics, economics, religion, and spirituality, in a manner that is both illuminating and disturbing.
Based on actual occurrences and factual scientific and environmental information, The Balance Point weaves a compelling adventure story into an ominous tapestry of planetary degradation. Jonathan is reluctantly goaded into satisfying the conditions of his deceased Aunt's cryptic Last Will, sending him on a puzzling journey to perplexing destinations. What he finds is worrisome, yet hopeful: something has gone missing in our collective human consciousness.
The timely message takes a critical subject and handles it in a clever way. This is an uncommonly provocative educational, and spiritual journey which ingeniously captivates the reader from the beginning. The story is so engrossing and the author's writing style so light and breezy that only after finishing the book will it hit the reader just how much information had been conveyed. The Balance Point is intriguing and suspenseful; all in all, a fascinating read.
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"An engaging and enlightening book - as well as a disturbing warning to us all…" –Today's Librarian
"A delightful new slant on our environmental mess in a wonderful tale told with passion, wit, and insight." –The Book Reader
"An incredible environmental journey of discovery. Every now and then a book comes along that really speaks to your heart. It is perhaps the best environmental book I have ever read, and I would like to encourage everyone to experience this book." – Arkansas Environmental Education Association
"Great read! The mysterious quest this book brought you on, kept me so curious to what was going to happen next that I couldn’t put it down. I have totally been enlightened by this story and vowed to myself to make serious life changes to help save our planet!"
"Jenkins is a gifted writer. It is a pretty quick read, and will be enjoyable to anyone with a concern for environmental issues. One other comment: the Epilogue is really good. Jenkins makes some hard-hitting points there..."