Yann Opsitch, professor of French, has published a book to teach French people a deeper spiritual meaning of love.
“Le Coeur et l’Invisible: Souvenirs et Réflexions personnelles,” which translates to “The Heart and The Invisible: Memoirs and Personal Reflections,” consists of 128 pages divided into 12 chapters.
“I’ve been wanting to write this book for most of my life,” Opsitch said. “I’ve written several books. This one I’ve worked on for the past three years, and I finally got to do it.”
Opsitch said the book was written using his experiences from his childhood memories up until the time he was saved and adopted Christianity into his beliefs.
“I have a variety of experience. I talk a little bit about what I was thinking when I was a child, how I was impacted by people. Also school, how school impacted me,” Opsitch said. “I go a lot into the culture, into the history of France, into the philosophy, what are the religious beliefs of the French. I discuss these things from the perspective of when I was younger and how I look at it now.”
The book differs from Opsitch’s other publications because it isn’t about theology or worship; it’s about personal experience and love, he said.
“The purpose of everything is love, but I try to explain what Jesus means by that,” he said. “And that’s where we find our happiness, our fulfillment. I’m trying to bring back hope to people because they are desperate.”
Opsitch said he focuses on love because some French people only understand it materialistically.
“When you talk about love in France, the only thing they think about is romantic or sexual, so I really debunk that in the book. That’s part of love, but there’s much more to it,” Opsitch said.
The book, released on Amazon.com in late September, is rated five stars and has reviews in both French and English.
“Yann has captured the essence of France, starting with his childhood memories of living in Paris. I can relate to this since I lived in Paris as a teen,” said Amazon user B. White. “This book is vivid, personal and charming, supplying both cultural and spiritual insights most readers will genuinely appreciate. I was thinking of LE Petit Prince the whole time I was reading it! Read it with joy!”