4 out of 4 stars
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Inhale, Exhale, Repeat by Mesha Rookard is an eye-opening, self-help book that seeks to help readers understand that they have the power to rise from any traumatic childhood experience or emotional injury that has squashed their self-esteem.
Mesha Rookard recounts her traumatic experiences while growing up. Her mother was an alcoholic, and her father had left them to marry and start a new family with another woman. Mesha assumed the role of looking out for her mother when it was supposed to be the other way round. She would find her mother's vodka bottles and try diluting them with water. Mesha shares an incident where her mother, having taken her to a friend's house, became too drunk to realize that she was embarrassing herself. As a result, Mesha put a plastic bag over her head and threatened to kill herself if her mother didn't take her home. In another incident, she witnessed her mother having a heart attack. Though her mother survived that heart attack, Mesha became more vulnerable than ever, and the trauma from that experience almost ruined her life. From being a troubled kid in school to alcoholism and incarceration, Mesha shares how she was able to find healing and intends to help other people through her experience and story.
Firstly, I must commend this author for being open and courageous to share her story. This book will help readers who have experienced the same circumstances to understand that they are not alone. Those undergoing such issues will draw inspiration from her success story and realize that they can overcome any ugly situation. The book also shows us how substance abuse affects our loved ones and can leave them miserable. What I like most about this book is the author's openness. She tells her story without trying to get you to like or dislike her. The author coaches the reader without trying to hide her flaws, and I like how it makes the book relatable and authentic. The author's writing style is also praiseworthy. I didn't get confused at any point due to her use of simple language. She even defined and explained some words that readers might not be familiar with in the glossary.
Furthermore, I appreciate the author's message of hope and eye-opening insights into how one can overcome low self-esteem. I enjoyed her lesson on the need for fathers to be emotionally available for their daughters. I also appreciate her eye-opening discussions on the impacts of racial discrimination. Dear readers, mental issues arising from trauma are real, and they are not something that one should try to bury. I join the author to say that seeking professional help is necessary!
In conclusion, this book is insightful, detailed, and easy to understand. I believe this book would help readers reach a stage where past emotional injuries no longer rule their decisions, opportunities, and relationships. The inspiring quotes in the book are a testament to the fact that others have overcome such situations, so there is hope. This book covers a lot of topics about how you can be in control of your destiny. I am glad to report that I didn't dislike anything about the book. I found only an error throughout the book, so its editing is commendable. In conclusion, I am awarding Inhale, Exhale, Repeat a well-deserved 4 out of 4 stars. And I highly recommend it to readers whose lives have been affected by the addiction of their loved ones, especially those who, as a result, now battle low self-esteem, toxic relationships, and fear of rejection. Nevertheless, I must inform readers of the many curse words in the book. So you should consider skipping this one if you are bothered by such.
Inhale, Exhale, Repeat
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