4 out of 4 stars
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The Other Side of Healing: Surviving Life Trauma, Make the Choice to Survive and Thrive, Never Give Up, Don’t Let Your Light Go Out is an inspiring and an encouraging book written by Bonnie Fogler.
The book has five chapters, Introduction, and References. The primary purpose of the book is to share the author’s three-part recovery from her chronic and autoimmune disorders to give hope to those suffering from the same health predicament and to raise awareness about our innate, albeit unknown, ability to make ourselves healthier, happier, and better individuals.
It begins with a short account of the author’s ordinary but purposeful life until a mysterious illness changed everything. What followed was a series of medical tests that lead to more tests, medical specialists, and referrals. After a medical procedure that had saved her life, the author began to live normally and happily. This book recounts how the author survived the most challenging stage of her life. She, now, tries to help and encourage others who are going through the same trials and tribulations.
Besides the descriptions and symptoms of her disorders, the author brings up other topics including positive thinking and the Law of Attraction. She also emphasizes the importance of what we eat, a good support system, and genuine compassion from health practitioners towards their patients. Moreover, she demonstrates how to turn negative thoughts into positive and features various people who influenced her in her health quest like Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, and Anita Moorjani. She shares their personal stories and the books they have written and encourage readers to check them out.
This is a touching, an encouraging, and an inspiring book. It is also very informative. It is short, straightforward, and substantial. The author uses a consistently clinical, almost detached, tone in describing her various disorders and illnesses which, for me, makes it an easy read. The book is organized, well-written, well-researched, and well-referenced. It also appears to be professionally-edited. Most importantly, the book is not just for readers with health problems, but for those suffering from emotional trauma.
Needless to say, I enjoyed this book immensely. The part I like most is the author’s impartial take on spirituality without endorsing specific religious denomination or belief system. She is not preachy or pushy. This makes the readers feel free to be themselves and makes them more accepting of their flaws and imperfections. Consequently, it makes them more receptive to new concepts and ideas.
However, there are already plenty of books written about positive thinking and the Law of Attraction that it might be easy for some readers to overlook the personal struggle of the author in her health quest as what makes this book really special.
Except for a few noticeable typo errors, I love everything about this book. I, therefore, easily rate it 4 out of 4 stars. It is helpful, informative, encouraging, and inspiring. I recommend it to readers who enjoy memoir, self-help books, health and fitness books, motivational books, and books on spirituality.
The Other Side Of Healing
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