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Sunday, August 16, 2020

My Rating - 3 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Self-Published
Genre - Non-Fiction/Self-Help
Publishing year - 2020
Language - English
ASIN - B089Z119NY 
Pages - 166

My Review - 

Everyone wants to commence a fabulous life, but only a few will succeed. Dr Allen Lycka and Harriet Tinka helped us to understand how we can live a worthy life. We all envy others' destiny once in a while without knowing their hardships. They both come from different cultural backgrounds, they faced different obstacles, but they have one thing in common; their courage and never give up attitude. 

The book has thirteen lessons, which are called Golden Pearls by the authors. They are Love, Inspiration, Victory, Vulnerability, Intention, Non-Negotiables, Forgiveness, Attitude, Thankfulness, Tenacity, Laughter, Enthusiasm, and Empowerment. All these chapters are described by using anecdotes and then continued with the authors' conversations. The book is filled with encouraging quotes from highly known personalities, some of them were by the authors as well. 

Dr Lycka was misdiagnosed and given only six months to live. The time where most of the people lose hope, he decides to challenge it, and this predicament was 16 years old. This experience, and as he said in the book, living on a borrowed time changed his life and perspective. 

Being a woman, Harriet Tinka's story made me shiver. She was abducted, wounded, and left to rot by a manipulative, abusive man. While Tinka lost his ability to walk for some time, the judge only gave a six-month sentence to her abuser. She was physically, mentally, and emotionally drained when a little girl shows her a ray of hope. 

They both tried to help the readers realize that they can't control what happens to them, but if something immoral ever occurs, then they can rise again as well. I know forgiving someone is not easy, but after a time, it is essential for your own wellbeing. Harriet Tinka forgives her perpetrator, Dr Lycka forgives the doctor who incorrectly diagnosed him not because their actions were justifiable, but because of their own peace of mind. 

In the book, Finding Your Voice by Mannette Morgan, she also demonstrates the significance of forgiveness. There is a quote I found online while reading this book, it is also based on the same topic, and left an impression on my mind. "I forgive people. It doesn't mean I accept their behaviour or trust them again. It means I forgive them for me, so I can let go and move on with my life."

Every reader can grasp something from this book and use it in their life. While the content and writing style is unusual, I wished that the authors use more of their personal stories instead of some other tales. There is a bonus chapter in the book, named Fear. It depicts our current situation dealing with COVID 19, as well as the inability to take action in life. All the chapters were easy to understand. The quotes are salutary, but putting them between the conversations lessen the impact. Overall, it is a fast-paced and promising novel. I recommend it. 

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