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Summary: Have you you ever paused at a party and wondered, ‘What am I doing here?” Perhaps you’ve stopped in the midst of an activity and asked yourself, “Am I having fun?” Have you just felt empty? Have you ever questioned the meaning of life? Have you ever thought…I’m not happy; life is not satisfying? If you answered yes to these questions, your soul may be sending you a message. Your soul is searching for you and you should be searching for your soul before the two of you get too far apart. This little book is a guide to finding one’s soul and enjoying one’s life.
Type of Reading: independent reading, short chapter
Recommended Age: read together: 12 and up; read yourself: 10 and up
Young Reader Reaction: Soul Searching is similar to many of the other self-development books that are published today. With interactive questions and advice, Dr. Yeager allows each reader to respond to the book on a more personal level. Each page is short, but always contains thought provoking statements and aphorisms. This book causes the readers to consider every aspect of their life and become re-inspired to live their lives as they have always envisioned it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Soul Searching. It gave me great pleasure to be comforted of life’s simple joys and motivated me to become a better person. The one aspect of this book that I couldn’t connect to was its religious ties. As a non-Christian, I found myself wishing that I could relate to and understand the religious references located throughout the book. If it weren’t for the religious allusions, I would definitely suggest this book to high school readers and anyone older.
Adult Reader Reaction: The reader’s initial expectation of Soul Searching is that the book is just another self-help guide. Readers will be happily surprised to discover that by answering a few simple questions, they are engaged in a simple, effective, and thorough process of personal self-renewal.
Pros: This is a quiet book that grabs teens in subjects that interest them and allows them to reflect on their thoughts without fear of judgment. It reaches them where they are.
Cons: Although some of the themes and questions have universal appeal, non-Catholics may find the book frustrating at times.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you care about your mental, emotional, and physical well-being and wish to have more control over your life, you need to read this book. It is an exceptional self-help tool.
Educational Themes: As the world around us changes, human nature adapts itself to new realities. However, the complexity, pressure, and pace of change are so rapid and all-encompassing that our mental, physical, and emotional lives are being overwhelmed. This book provides the reader with an effective self-help process to sustain her/his humanity.
Notes: Dr. Yeager is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Reading Tub, Inc. She donated two copies of her book for review consideration, with the understanding that there was no guarantee for a review.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - guidebook, life lessons, coming of age, Christian