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Dr. Allen Lycka is wrongly misdiagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and told he had sixty days to live. On inquiring how the diagnosis would be confirmed, he is blatantly told through an autopsy. That was a heartbreaking and devastating moment. This was a brutal statement coming from a trained neurologist. But he never gave up. Harriet Tinka was a model and an ultra-marathon runner. Unfortunately, her life took another turn when she was mercilessly beaten, cut, and left for dead. Her survival was miraculous, but the fight to get her life on the right trajectory was not over. These two accounts converge at one point; a turning point to keep fighting and inspire others.
The Secrets to Living A Fantastic Life: Two Survivors Reveal the 13 Golden Pearls They’ve Discovered was co-authored by Dr. Allen Lycka and Harriet Tinka. The book is written in form of short stories and interviews and packed with striking quotations. The interviews were lively, and one feels as though they are listening to two close friends discussing what they are passionate about. One will also find activities that will help in the application of some golden pearls to everyday life.
The pearls addressed in the book are not only essential in life but also give it meaning. They were presented straightforwardly and backed up with adequate examples from the authors’ own experiences. The first golden pearl that was discussed was love. The authors did a comprehensive work describing how the Greeks categorized love into seven distinct types. I was astonished to find out that ‘Eros’ was actually wild and crazy love. It involved losing control of oneself, and learning this helps one see that it cannot be the foundation of any relationship. The other pearls were equally important and handled comprehensively.
What I liked most about the book is that it taught me even the most devastating experiences in life can be transformational. They can be springboards to help one launch into another phase of inspiring oneself and others too. I learned that even defeat is not really failure unless one decides it to be so. It is also enthralling that I can still focus on my life purpose, relentlessly pursuing it, and yet not lose sight of the beauty and wonder that nature offers every day. This book is timely as well because the world is now grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and there is a need to learn how to change the narrative. Dr. Lycka rightly states that if we don’t learn the lessons of history, we will always be its victim.
This is a self-help book whose lessons readers can modify to their own circumstances and start living a triumphant life. It is a reminder that we do not often determine what life throws at us but how we react to it is in our power. I heartily rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. It was professionally edited, and there is nothing I disliked about it. The book is most suitable for those at the lowest moments in their lives or trying to find meaning in life. Any ardent fan of self-help books can read it as well. Eventually, everyone will not be left the same way they were before reading the book.
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