Manual for the Soul: A Beginner's Guide Review
What inspired you to write this book?
I have thought about writing a book about this topic for years, ever since I worked as a mental therapist and crisis counselor. I would often tell people that we should be given an instruction manual for our minds when we were born, that could guide us through our development. I am actually working on that book, Manual for the Mind, but it involves more research and more of a process, so I was able to finish Manual for the Soul first, which is more based on the general topic of being conscious, and choosing to live the life you want and accepting the power in that choice. I guess what really motivated me was that right now in the world people seem to have lost their personal power, especially those in the millennial generation, and the first step towards making positive change in our society is for us all to take back and work from our personal power.
Which part was the hardest for you to write and why?
Section 2, which is the middle section of my book. I believe it was more difficult because I had to pull more from my psychology background and use the more clinical and scientific terms to describe the process. Sections 1 and 3 are more of my own philosophy and take on the various topics discussed, so it felt more free flowing.
Which part was the easiest for you to write and why?Section 3, because that was the part that I really wanted to get to. It explains how the topics I covered, as well as many of the things that we have all heard and thought about our whole lives, can be applied to everyday life, as well as lets us off the hook for not reaching perfection (which can never really be reached).
What made you choose to write a book on this topic?
It's the topic I know best and the topic with which I currently work in. I am an Awareness Coach, and my job is to help people discover and become aware of the things that they are doing that might be blocking them from seeing a bigger picture, and then return their power of choice: Continue doing that thing, or do something different. Regardless of that choice, it's made from a place of awareness, and thus your personal power is restored.
What experience do you have with this topic?I have a master's degree in clinical/counseling psychology and worked as a therapist for a few years. I have since studied massage and other healing modalities, as well as worked on my own self development by incorporating things like meditation and self exploration with another person in order to better understand the grander concepts of the self and consciousness. I currently work as an Awareness and Spiritual Development Coach, providing my understandings to those who seek to understand the deeper aspects of life.
Was there ever a point where you thought about writing a book on a different topic?Yes, and I currently still feel that way. I am in the process of working on several books on various topics, aiming at providing a new perspective on the specific topic in order to advance understanding for all.
Do you plan to write more books? If yes do you know what they are going to be about?I currently teach others about all things spiritual and metaphysical, as well as help people discover what they excel at, and then harness that thing in all aspects of their life to enhance their life overall. I have a whole series of Manual books planned, including Manual for the Mind, Manual for the Body, Manual for the Energy Body, Manual for Meditation, Manual for Healing, etc.
What made you decide to become an author?People have told me for years that I should become a teacher, but I am extremely resistant to that idea because I have always thought that being a teacher means having homework for the rest of your life, because you have to do grading. So to bypass that, I figured I'd provide my knowledge in a book and through other forms such as Videos and Blogs, and if people are looking for the information they can find it and get what they need out of it.
As a psychology student I found the idea of Manual for the Soul: A Beginner's Guide to be an interesting concept. I was further intrigued by the fact that the author has a master's degree in clinical/counseling psychology. As a psychology student I have often found enjoyment and enlightenment in reading books written by other psychology majors.
This book was similar to other psychology books that I have read in that I found it to be both informative and interesting. However it was also very different from anything I have read before. Unlike any other book that I have read it actually made me feel like the knowledge between the pages could allow me to change my life. The book was not just some boring self-help book that told me things I already knew it was innovative and interesting. My favorite section out of the whole book would have to be section three; in section three the author explains how the topics covered int he book can be utilized in everyday life. I also really liked how the book did not try and get me to be a perfect person, but instead gave me the knowledge and encouragement to change myself.
I was provided with a free copy of this book for only my honest and unbiased review of this book.