Official Review: Sabbatical of the Mind by David L. Winters

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Official Review: Sabbatical of the Mind by David L. Winters

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 05 Aug 2016, 20:26

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Sabbatical of the Mind" by David L. Winters.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Sabbatical of the Mind: The Journey from Anxiety to Peace by David L. Winters is a recount of the author’s untimely but very much needed break from the overwhelming pressure of everyday life.

Bored by the same job he has been doing for the Navy for more than 20 years, David starts looking for a job and gets fortunate to be accepted as a division director for a three-letter government agency. However, shortly after starting with his new job, David feels a burning pain in his rear end and eventually ends up in the emergency room of Holy Cross Hospital. He is later diagnosed with diabetes. Furthermore, he starts having panic attacks and that is on top of his fear of heights. As if that is not enough, he also breaks his pubic rami while out for dinner with a friend. One day, after another panic attack and inspired by the songs of Judy Dagraedt, David realizes that he lacks peace in his life and needs some personal time alone with God. So, six years before being eligible for retirement, David decided to go on a sabbatical.

With a foreword by Pastor Steve Reynolds of the Capitol Baptist Church, the book is divided into three major parts: Part I: Chased by Anxiety, Part II: Stopping to Find Answers and Part III: Bouncing Back with Love.The first part describes the author’s distress over numerous health problems, acrophobia and seemingly unfounded panic attacks which lead to his decision to go on a sabbatical after considering three very important points: God’s will, paying bills and his career. The second part chronicles the entire sabbatical and the third recounts how the author emerges and puts the result of his respite to the test.

Overall, the book is great and I enjoyed reading it. It is inspiring, encouraging, entertaining and, at times, funny. It is engaging that while at it, the reader may start thinking about his or her own life and what to do with it. I also find it enlightening that as I join the author in his journey, I even shed a tear at the part when he realized how much God loves him. It was probably not meant to be an emotional scene but it was touching for me, nonetheless. The writing is casual and lively it feels like the author is talking to the reader over a cup of coffee.

However, I had a difficult time following the order of things. Not only once did I find it hard to figure out when a particular event happened. The numerous flashbacks did not help either and made it even more confusing, to me. Moreover, ‘Losing to Live’ weight loss program was mentioned several times within the entire book but I did not find any particular scene with the author in it or while at it. Finally, I noticed several errors in the book including misspelled words, missing words and obvious typo errors.

I, therefore, give this book the rate of 3 out of 4 stars and I recommend it to everyone especially those who feel burnt out with the pressure of a busy and unfulfilled life.

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Post by braver » 07 Aug 2016, 18:20

Thanks for the review. Would you recommend the book to someone who is not religious?
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 07 Aug 2016, 23:19

braver wrote:Thanks for the review. Would you recommend the book to someone who is not religious?
Yes, I would recommend it to readers who are not religious. Another good thing about this book is that though it is mainly focused on the author's daily devotional, it also describes other activities like walking around and chatting with the neighbors, driving around to perform some errands, reading books and taking naps, which apparently helped him get better. These activities are beneficial to both religious and non-religious, and even non-believers, if I may add.

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Post by gali » 08 Aug 2016, 07:49

Not my cup of tea, but I am glad you enjoyed the book errors and all. Thank you for the great review.
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 08 Aug 2016, 09:09

gali wrote:Not my cup of tea, but I am glad you enjoyed the book errors and all. Thank you for the great review.
Thank you very much. It's a very enjoyable book.

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Post by CrescentMoon » 08 Aug 2016, 10:05

This sounds like a heart-warming story. I think it's interesting when people take a break from reality to focus on themselves and life in general. Sounds like a great read. Great review!
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 08 Aug 2016, 10:20

CrescentMoon wrote:This sounds like a heart-warming story. I think it's interesting when people take a break from reality to focus on themselves and life in general. Sounds like a great read. Great review!
Thank you very much. Yes, it is a very heart-warming story :)

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Post by bluemel4 » 10 Aug 2016, 09:06

Great review. The book sounds like an interesting introspective journey. The errors and flashbacks sound like they would be extremely frustrating to read.
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 10 Aug 2016, 10:19

bluemel4 wrote:Great review. The book sounds like an interesting introspective journey. The errors and flashbacks sound like they would be extremely frustrating to read.
Thank you very much. It is a wonderful book except for those :)

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Post by hsimone » 10 Aug 2016, 13:03

I enjoyed reading your review, kimmyschemy06! It sounds like a pretty inspirational read. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it despite the errors that occurred! :)
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 10 Aug 2016, 19:16

hsimone wrote:I enjoyed reading your review, kimmyschemy06! It sounds like a pretty inspirational read. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it despite the errors that occurred! :)
Thank you. It is inspirational and I enjoyed it a lot :)

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Post by NoRo9608 » 12 Aug 2016, 07:29

This sounds like an enticing read. In our society it seems as though we all, at one time or another, begin to question our life's path and how we will continue our lives. This sounds like an intriguing journey of how one man changed his destiny. Thank you for the review!

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 12 Aug 2016, 08:06

NoRo9608 wrote:This sounds like an enticing read. In our society it seems as though we all, at one time or another, begin to question our life's path and how we will continue our lives. This sounds like an intriguing journey of how one man changed his destiny. Thank you for the review!
Thank you for your comment. It is actually a journey of how one man overcame his anxiety and other health problems by taking a break and communing with God.

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Post by bookowlie » 12 Aug 2016, 08:58

I enjoyed your well-written, balanced review. I also find flashbacks frustrating if the time frame isn't clear. Glad you liked the book despite the issues you mentioned.
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 12 Aug 2016, 10:27

bookowlie wrote:I enjoyed your well-written, balanced review. I also find flashbacks frustrating if the time frame isn't clear. Glad you liked the book despite the issues you mentioned.
Thank you. It is actually a great book despite the issues :)

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