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Allen G. Bourquin is in his sixties, married, and has children and grandchildren. He had a tough childhood due to his father's negative attitude towards him, which caused emotional problems. This led him to question the life he was dealt. He could not digest the fact that God could let little children suffer. It left him with negative emotions that continued into adulthood, leading to anxiety and depression. With the help of Joshua, Lisa, and Drew, Allen could connect with his inner self and gain clarity. A whole bunch of unsolved questions are now addressed in his book, Workshop Manual for the Life We Chose to Live. The book is woven around a character named Peter Jolsen; though the characters are not a direct reflection of Allen's life, his experiences are. His journey has given him peace. He hopes to offer a new holistic approach to life to those struggling to find answers.
He has a deep desire to discover why he was chosen to suffer, which leads him to question our traditional beliefs. He is not convinced by the explanations provided in books or during Sunday church services. Science only seems to touch the surface of the matter and is based on assumptions. This quest starts by trying to decide whether humans and life on Earth are the result of creation or evolution. Was it God, a higher power, or just the Big Bang? In finding these answers, he not only solves mysteries about our existence but also sheds light on the higher power, which is more relatable than what people are taught from a young age. He discusses the foundation of the universe and the role of energy and atoms. He wants us to recognize nature as our primary healer and human existence on three levels: body, mind, and soul. The author shares his Asian-influenced concepts of prana (life force), chi, chakras, and kundalini. He also recommends numerology, reiki, and many other topics. These insights will provide readers with a well-rounded, holistic approach to life and our purpose on this planet.
I like the easy-to-grasp writing style used by the author. It may appear that the author is challenging well-accepted beliefs. However, he intends to gather the rationale behind the practices. He urges us to do the same instead of simply accepting in blind faith. At no point does he put down any religion or person.
I learned about Kirlian GDV, a form of electronic photography, through the book. I particularly like that all his concepts help establish a connection with our inner selves. I appreciate that he sheds light on modern-day issues resulting from the pursuit of power and money, leading to negative emotions such as anger and unhappiness that can lower our immunity and damage our health. I love that he incorporated topics such as mindfulness and meditation, the importance of a balanced diet for physical and spiritual wellbeing, and the significance of writing to keep connected with our eternal spiritual selves. These are desperately needed in today's frantic world. He shares the sources for alternative approaches that helped him on his journey that readers can refer to. He reinforces my belief that we are spiritual beings and that there is life after death.
I have no negative comments about the book, but I did notice a few punctuation and grammatical errors while reading it. I suggest that the book undergo another round of editing. Overall, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars.
If not for the use of profanity towards the end of the book, it could be recommended for all age groups. This book will serve as a guide for readers combating anxiety and depression. For those who have their lives sorted out, it offers additional material to read, explore, and improve their quality of life. It helps define our purpose and encourages a more positive approach to life. Hence, there is food for thought for all.
Workshop Manual for the Life we Chose to live
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