Friday, 23 February 2018

Review of 'Through the Mind's Eye' by Joseph Willson

 Review of 'Through the Mind's Eye' by J.P. Willson

Depression, self-loathing, unemployment, and destroyed relationships: the effects of drug and alcohol addiction run so much deeper than the morning-after hangover. However, awareness alone will not save the struggling addict, as J.P. Willson reveals in his fearless examination of substance dependency; recovery means doing the mental and emotional work to look inside oneself and discover a way to live as a sober, fulfilled individual in an often challenging world.

Through the Mind’s Eye: A Journey of Self-Discovery is a thought-provoking and honest examination of the emotional, psychological, and physical ways someone must enact their own healing. As a recovering alcoholic, Willson courageously shares his own story of addiction, as well the ups and downs he experienced along the road to recovery. Packed with astonishing insights about our culture’s relationship to alcohol, as well as the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep using, this book will change the way you view addiction. Willson has no qualms about telling the reader how difficult recovery is—and how there is no quick cure-all—but his compassionate, candid reflections help foster the knowledge and will to change.

My review

This was a very raw and honest story of self-discovery. Sometimes difficult to read due to its ups and downs harrowing content and ebb and flow style, this story follows the authors own struggles when battling addiction. It is blunt and vivid with no holds barred, if you want to know about the darkest depths of addiction then this book is for you. But also there is hope and the author leads you on a story of self-discovery as he battles with his recovery from alcoholism.

An insightful read and would be an inspiration for anyone going through the journey themselves and acknowledging the immense difficulties along the way. This book is about personal experience and therefore could be different for other individuals. However, could also be a useful read for those with relatives and friends going through similar issues so can understand from an insiders perspective about what is going on. Although it comes across as a manual in style at times, its the personal touches that make this book what it is. A courageous book to write by the author.

About the author: 

J.P. Willson is a writer and chef living on the west coast of Canada. Growing up as the shy, quiet child in a large middle-class family, he has always been an observer, a thinker, and a wonderer. He has worked as a Red Seal chef for twenty-five years, and is highly skilled in his trade. However, despite his accomplishments, his life has not been easy. J.P. struggled with alcoholism for nearly thirty years, which resulted in homelessness, unemployment, loneliness, and spiralling depression. Having done the soul-searching and continuing work required for recovery, J.P. decided to share his experience and knowledge to help others along their own journeys. Through the Mind's Eye: A Journey of Self-Discovery is his first publication. J.P. is deeply grateful for the love and support of his family, counsellors, and friends....

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