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Deciding to leave one's native country is a really huge choice. Most people feel conflicted about what to do and how to approach it. These queries are addressed in EXPATransformation by Michael Durham Sanford. It serves as a guide for these people.
When someone leaves their home country, whether alone or with family, in quest of greener pastures, they undergo a process known as EXPATransformation, according to the author. The author has moved to various places like Germany, Austria, Mexico, and South America. The author came from a family of EXPATs. His grandfather left Ireland for the United States as a 19-year-old orphan. The author's children also followed in his part. His son moved to Germany and China to study and work. His daughter moved to New York, Spain, and England, amongst other places. As a well-experienced EXPAT himself, the author used his ordeals as examples to educate us. He shared the benefits he has enjoyed as well as what to look out for before beginning your journey.
The adage "life is short" was emphasized by the author. He encouraged us to pursue our goals and live life to the fullest, regardless of the consequences. Considering the unknown and what it might hold when you move can be typically frightening, but the author advised us to take that brave step since you never know what wonderful fortune may be waiting for you. The author also talked about losing his wife, Laurie, to cancer. I loved Laurie's fighting spirit. She was given a few months to live after being diagnosed, but she fought it and lived for over a year. She was truly an inspiration. The author also discussed his speech loss as a child and how his determination helped him overcome it. I loved the part where the author suggested moving to a new environment for people contemplating suicide. Life can be hard, but starting a new life as a whole new person could just be what you need.
I loved the author's writing style. He delivered his lessons and stories with humor; it lightened the mood and made me flow effortlessly with the book. I enjoyed how the author incorporated quotes into different parts of the book and highlighted key texts and phrases. Additionally, it also taught me some foreign words, places, and cuisines.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars for the positive aspects mentioned. It was filled with great lessons. There was nothing to dislike. It was professionally edited, as I found a few errors. I recommend it to people planning on moving to another country, as it can serve as a guide.
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