Title: We Are One
Author: Shannie Alvarez
Genre: Spirituality, Religion, Self-help
We are One is a thought-provoking book that will challenge the reader to understand a deeper part of themselves. The author reveals her intimate battle with fear and how she overcame it to now give hope to others. This book will take you on a journey from darkness to light while encouraging you to understand that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Complemented with poetry illustrations, this book will change the way you look at yourself, others, and the world.
From my first impressions of this book, I truly thought it was a poetry book. Turns out this book is a spiritual memoir. The author details an incredibly personal journey out of the hell of mental illness into a better place via religion. I personally cannot wish for a better thing than to have people find help with mental issues via religion. Anyone who can stay off the poison foisted out by Big Pharma (with a nod and a wink from a Dr.) is a great thing. I personally wish we could put Big Pharma out of the mental health pill business by using religion.
The author details a profound journey of self-discovery. The thesis that to discover oneself and to know oneself and to love oneself must be done only with God is interesting. There is a certain missing clarity here about what exactly the point is that is troubling. Readers who aren't religious or not very religious may not get this book. There are statements of belief that may prove challenging to people who are open to other points of view. A well-written book with interwoven prose and thought. There is a healthy dose of scripture too. A book that could be a good alternative to traditional therapeutic psychology.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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Shannie Alvarez is an inspirational speaker, author, and nurse. Shannie lives in Ontario, Canada helping people who struggle with mental illness, disease, and addictions. Her message of learning how to love yourself is reflected through Biblical principles and her faith in God. She enjoys thought-provoking, creativity as she expresses much of her writings through poetry.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N