3 out of 4 stars
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Rising From The Cinders by Laurie A. Morrill is an inspirational memoir that details the author’s experiences with anorexia, her parents’ fights with cancer, and her own journey in introspection that allowed her to come to peace with her past and embrace her future. Morrill focuses mainly on spiritual energy and the law of attraction, which claims that one’s thoughts and beliefs attract things into the person’s life. She claims that focusing your energy on negative thought patterns can bring negative things into your life, including antagonistic people and disease. She wrote this book to share her spiritual understanding with the world and to help others avoid the pain her family went through due to not being emotionally open with themselves and each other.
I most appreciated Morrill’s willingness to admit when she made mistakes in life and explain that her growth as a person will never be over. As the reader, you sense that Morrill is accompanying you on your journey, not looking down on you from the peak of a mountain she has already summited. This is encouraging and keeps the author from sounding condescending, which is a common danger in self-help books.
I also applaud Morrill for being understanding of the fact that not everyone has the same beliefs she does. There are some uncommon assertions in this book, including the idea that holding onto negative emotions can create (or prevent the remission of) cancer. These ideas will not be accepted by most people, and Morrill makes herself clear in saying that she’s not against medical intervention for disease. She is simply advocating for people to listen to their hearts and bodies, choose the intervention that is correct for them, and focus on a positive outcome even when the future appears dark.
Unfortunately, I found issues within this book that occasionally prevented me from enjoying Morrill’s story. There were many grammatical errors throughout the book, and it was obvious that it had not been professionally edited. In addition, the author begins the book by saying she’s going to talk about her life from start to finish, but she seems to include time jumps, and I was often confused by how separate parts of the story fit into the overall timeline. The beginning was also a very slow start, and I think she could have completely excluded either the introduction or the first chapter because they seemed to include many of the same ideas. There were other parts of the book that became repetitive as well, so I think it could benefit from the work of a professional editor who could guide the author through making necessary cuts.
Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I enjoyed the author’s tone and her humility, but the editing of the book left a lot to be desired. I would recommend this book only to open-minded readers who believe in holistic medicine and to those who are not bothered by descriptions of death and the dying process. I think this book is a great reminder of the ways in which our thoughts can influence ourselves and the world around us, and many readers could be benefited by its teachings.
Rising From the Cinders
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