A Review of Turning This Thing Around By Keith Maginn

Turning This Thing Around
An Inspirational Self Help Memoir
By: Keith Maginn
Genre: Memoir
86 pages
Publisher: Keith Maginn
Publication Date: January 2011


Turning This Thing Around is an inspiring memoir of overcoming personal struggles. This brutally honest, deeply personal account of redemption takes readers on a moving spiritual journey.

Confronted with a myriad of obstacles–a debilitating arthritic disease, narcolepsy, anxiety and depression–the author was outwardly happy, but inwardly miserable. Pushed to the lowest point of his life, Maginn shares how he gradually turned things around and used his experiences to grow as a person.

Supplemented by heartfelt poetry by the author and with quotes from Gandhi to Dr. Wayne Dyer to Eckhart Tolle, Turning This Thing Around has universal themes that speak to nearly everyone, as we all must face challenges as part of being human. It is a self-help memoir of sorts: the author discusses not only what he overcame, but also how he did so–and how others can, too.

Unlike many popular memoirs on the market, this is a story that more people can relate to. Maginn was not raised in an eccentric family (Jeannette Walls in The Glass Castle, memoirs by Augusten Burroughs), nor did he travel to Italy, India and Indonesia, as Elizabeth Gilbert did in Eat, Pray, Love. Rather, Turning This Thing Around is a story of a normal young man’s resiliency when battling extraordinary circumstances.

My Thoughts:

* I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Told with honesty and wit, the author details his physical and mental struggles. While reading I felt he had just scratched the surface and I thought it could have been more in-depth but maybe that's just me. He did offer some good tips for others going through personal problems. It's definitely a worthwhile read.


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