The author is a physician and an artist, and indeed this book is lavishly illustrated with his bold, colorful, imaginative paintings. But in his words we see a father dedicated to the task of passing on to his children the wisdom and values he holds so dearly. His writing, grounded firmly in personal experience, is clear and succinct, each message confined to a single page. His comfort and confidence in each subject is evident, whether it be claiming a personal destiny, finding God, or dealing with love, marriage, and friendship. Facing each page of the father’s reflective text the reader is treated to one of the artist's vibrant illustrations. This small book belongs on the bedside table of everyone embracing the challenge of finding their own unique path in life.
William Renzulli successfully pursued two careers, dividing his time between practicing medicine and art. The author was born and raised on a small farm in southern New Jersey. After completion of his medical training, Board Certification, and two years of military service, he opened his practice of Internal Medicine in 1971 fully expecting to spend a lifetime in medicine. However, after only a few years he found himself being pulled in a different direction, leading him into a journey that would change his life in ways he could never have imagined. In 1981 he left his medical practice, and for the next twelve years he worked part time in emergency medicine as he pursued a career in art. In 1993, as a result of what he calls “an itch that had to be scratched’, Renzulli returned to medicine full time, opening an office in one of the barns on his small farm in Maryland. With his wife, Patience, who was a registered nurse, he spent another 9 years practicing medicine full time, with art relegated to a weekend pursuit. In 2002 he moved to the growing artist community in Paducah, Kentucky, where he now devotes all of his time to his art.