Self-help books are a genre I can’t get enough of. I’m on always on the hunt for the next lifestyle trend for me to devour or work past problems by taking advice from writing on pages. Lifeshocks* by Sophie Sabbage seemed to fit neatly into this package for me – it would tell me how to do something.
It is an extremely personal book by Sophie about how to manage ‘lifeshocks’ which she determines as ‘unwanted or unexpected moment in time, offering an opportunity for personal awakening’.
Sophie refers to several of her own lifeshocks throughout her life by diving lifeshocks into three categories: limiting, exposing and evoking. She consistently refers to her cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment to illustrate her points about how to best use lifeshocks in our lives.
On paper, this book is something I would pick up in a bookshop. I love self-help books and reading about ways to improve myself. Lifeshocks is such an interesting conception for me as I like the positivity of making the best out of a bad situation and giving yourself a fresh start. That is a message I’m super passionate about and I loved the division of the lifeshocks into three categories as it really breaks down and emphasizes how they can bring healing, transformation and peace in their own unique way.
As the book progresses Sophie shares plenty of advice that allows you to put post-lifeshock actions into place. She covers a vast variety of lifeshocks from a death in the family to unemployment, offering step-by-step exercises to try and get yourself back on track and remember who you are throughout the whole healing process.
However, I didn’t love it.
I wanted to, I really wanted to. But it didn’t flow as well for me as other self-help books I have. The information overload is overwhelming and at times feels more like a memoir rather than constructive advice. I often found the writing went off on a tangent and by the time it returned to the point, you had almost forgotten about what the initial point was.
It is a pretty chunky book but I didn’t come away feeling I’d learnt that much. It just felt like a bit of an information overload in parts and could be condensed down into a more helpful and easy to follow self-help book.
All in all, it is interesting to read but it isn’t filled with the life-changing teachings I expected to be delivered.
This book was gifted to me for review. Please read my full disclaimer here.
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