Let Go, Heal, Be Happy: An In-Depth Roadmap to Life-long Emotional Mastery

Mark Linden O’Meara. Soul Care, $17.95 trade paper (338p) ISBN 978-0-9812717-8-1
O’Meara’s foray into the self-help genre is stimulating despite occasionally being overly vague about process. O’Meara begins by detailing his own struggles with letting go, which led him to make a New Year’s resolution to “experience more joy.” He’s overly brief with how the process occurred in his own life and never defines what he experienced emotionally after a series of setbacks, including a neck injury. Much of what’s here will be familiar to anyone who’s ever picked up a self-help book, but O’Meara’s tone is admirably sincere. He attempts to cover a lot of bases, including depression, abuse, memory, shame, and emotional masks. Maybe the most important sections come when O’Meara criticizes the concept (which he cites as common among assertiveness coaches) that no one can make you feel what you don’t want to feel, and runs down the flaws and benefits of positive thinking. A concluding section offers a list of suggestions for how to continue to heal and grow. For some readers the book might be too optimistic, but there’s something to pick and choose and learn from for everyone. (BookLife)

This review has been corrected to rectify two errors.

Reviewed on: 02/13/2017
Release date: 08/01/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
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