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Having struggled with addiction myself, I have read several books on addiction and recovery. Through my readings, one thing that has stood out to me is that addiction and recovery can be complex and multifaceted. This book breaks down the complexities of the various causes of addiction, and examines how a person's beliefs about his or herself and environment can predispose, propagate and eventually chain a person in addiction. The book provides simple principles on how one can break free from the chains of addiction by changing beliefs and perceptions, and along with staying connected with others, one can begin to live a full and wholehearted life. I highly recommend this book to anybody who has personally struggled with addiction, or has been affected by it through friends or family.
Reading Paul's book was telling my story of recovery and working on myself to live a wholehearted life. There were several areas that I read and realized I had worked through to get to the place I am today. I have to concur with his written opinion concerning the Bias of the living in a Mormon community, AA, and the LGBQT as these have been my own experiences. Although I got many things out of this book, the one thing that will help me from here, is his writing that I am just another Bozo on the bus. I loved that he stated that it is time to wake up and realize that I am not special, entitles, or different. I had begun to come to this lately, but reading it drove it home for me. Another point was to stop talking, stop assuming and start listening. His book is right on time for my own life as I have been working hard on changing my own story. Ridding myself of old beliefs. I loved it when he stated that of course my story will evolve as I am not the same person I was 5, 10 and even 20 years ago. I appreciated the fact that he wrote this information gathered from years of working in these communities and not only recognizes but acknowledges that all of the venues to recovery can work, and do work, not just one way! Now it is time for me to look at myself in a different light, my own biases and learn to removed these lens to live even a more wholehearted life. Thank you Paul!! You have done an outstanding job with this book!
This is a must read for all! All of us have at some point in our lives become enslaved to addiction or self abusive behaviour. This book takes you through the reasons, the solutions, and creates a pathway for recovery and resolution. There is no single right path for everyone in addiction and recovery. Paul's book explores the relevant concepts and ideas to create a positive solution for dealing with and resolving your problem. It is a must read!
Recovering the Seed, sparked many emotions. At first, I was angry. I had to step back and look at what I was feeling. I was feeling like my beliefs were being challenged. The truth is they were. My beliefs were very limited to my confirmation bias. I started reading again with an open mind. This time it looked totally different. It began to make sense. This book talked about my personal narrative in a way I understood. It all made sense, from shame to accountability. I absolutely loved reading Recovering the Seed. It was broken down into a way I could relate and understand. I felt like it gave me suggestions on how to recover from myself and my choices. Tools I can actually add to my tool belt. Recovering the Seed kept it simple. Well Done!!