4 out of 4 stars
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In life, we experience grief at various points. We are witnesses to events and situations that affect our emotional or mental health. How do we react to these experiences? It could be said that a large percentage of individuals become addicted to certain things in order to run away from the impact of their experiences, some become addicted to alcohol, some to work, and so on. In the author’s case, he resorted to alcohol.
Bob was seven when his brother was diagnosed with polio and admitted to a hospital. Upon his brother’s recovery and return, his parents diverted a lot of attention to him to ensure that he did not suffer any damage in the hospital. This brought about a feeling of loneliness and neglect in Bob. Three years later, his mother died, leaving the family broken as their father refused to talk about her death or provide any means of comfort. Bob resorted to drinking at a very young age to rid himself of the failure and fraud he felt he was. This takes a toll on Bob’s life and leads him towards a destructive path. How does Bob manage to save himself from drowning? Find out in this inspiring book.
Uncorking a Wonderful Life by Bob Schober contains a lot of positive aspects. The book was professionally edited as I did not find a lot of errors in this book. The author talks about the twelve steps and twelve promises that guide a recovering addict. The author provides his notes and the struggles he had to go through to get to the place he is today. He gives off the notion that we can all make it out of our stuck holes. He also talks about the importance of gratitude and forgiveness. The book is written using words that readers can easily understand. At the end of the book, the author provides notes which contain side effects of alcohol use, links to various groups that help recovering addicts, and many more. He also provides a list of books that helped him in his journey.
I could not find a lot of negative aspects to this book. However, as the author said initially, the twelve steps mostly revolve around religion and spirituality. Most people won’t find this appealing. He remedies this by providing links to other helpful groups that are secular.
I rate this book four out of four stars. I did not rate it lower because the negative aspect above did not affect my appreciation of the book. The author’s story will inspire any person. I recommend this book to recovering addicts and people suffering from grief.
Uncorking a Wonderful Life
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