IT TAKES ONLY ONE by M.J. Harden, is a thought-provoking and intensely insightful read. Without spoiling the story, we follow, in an allegorical or symbolic sense, the journey of a young unborn, as they are spirited from one land or place or locale, to another, meeting with sages, animals personified as enlightened ones, witches and oracles, on and on, in a search for the ultimate wisdom about life and existence. It is beautifully written, the prose almost sings to you. One encounters bits and pieces of wonderful wisdom along the way, such lines as: “Never do without daring, never ask without caring. There’s a motto to live by.” “We lock ourselves into our roles and forget who we truly are. Always playing a part, often as very bad actors.” “Our job is to keep it light. Keep it bright. Show the way to those who’re right.” The author provides historical explanations and references, and excellent memos about characters and associations to cultural beliefs, icons and gods. It is a pleasant and easy read, one which leaves you feeling better, more enlightened somehow, and certainly with a sense of wonder about the bigger picture. The thread of the story at the beginning might seem confusing to the reader, but once you grasp onto it, the rest of the read is smooth. Recommended for the reader who savors insightful and thoughtful books.