- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: All Things That Matter Press
- Audible.com Release Date: May 3, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CMW4Q0O
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Life Is A Balance: It isn't only about you Audible – Unabridged
Top Customer Reviews
The journey of discovery that Phil, the main character in both books is on, is all about how to interact with other people. In his case, coming to understand his own sexuality is a major part of this journey. Phil also has a gift - that of making others feel good about themselves. In "Misguided Sensitivity:, we see how this gift is interwoven with his sexuality, and how he sees himself. In "Life Is A Balance", we see the journey become more about the people around him.
In the beginning of "Life Is A Balance", Phil makes the decision to take a trip to Florida to meet his father. He takes his younger brother along as support. What they find is a father who welcomes them with open arms. He asks one thing ... that they respect his alternate lifestyle. Phil decides to stay and live with his father, while his brother returns home. He is introduced to a lifestyle that includes his father's luxury home, spending time in his father's nightclub, and exploring drugs and alcohol.
He also goes through a series of relationships, each of which has a lesson for him. When the woman that he loves is killed in an accident with her alcoholic father, Phil decides to return to Missouri. With no destination in mind, he stops in a small town, gets a job, and starts setting down roots.
Throughout the book references are made to roses, and what different color roses mean.Read more ›
I started reading this book expecting a story that would entertain me. But there is much more to Disco Phil than glowing lights. Phil was once a shy boy dealing with the divorce of his parents. But all that changes when he reinvents himself as Disco Phil. Disco Phil has a rhythm, a certain style, and he seems unstoppable. His grandmother had given him the most valuable advice on the ladies. Always listen to their problems sincerely. And this ability becomes the magnet with which Disco Phil attracts and seduces women. While to his friends, Disco Phil is living the perfect life, there is an inner world of this very interesting man which pulls us deeper into the story. Phil wants to discover who he really is and wants to be loved by a woman, who sees beyond the glamour. This desire to rise above appearances and reach out to something higher and meaningful is what pulled me into his world.
As Phil leaves his hometown to visit his father in Florida we are introduced to a whole new kind of life style. I don't want to give away anything here, but it was intriguing how Philip gains access into the gay bar scene in Florida. The view he presents is detailed and so visual that those chapters could be their own book. These are also the years when America encountered the horrible AIDS virus.Read more ›
Psychologically, he rationalizes his treatment of women, seeing himself as the victim. That is a facile twist of reasoning, because in fact he takes advantage of women at their weakest moments. At times he gloats over how well he can manipulate them. Occasionally he becomes aware of the feeling of triumph and has enough moral fiber to be bothered by it. He also has the intellectual perception to recognize his malaise. Phil makes attempts to change, but quickly falls back into the old way of life. All he knows is that after each party is over his psycho-sexual way of life leaves him feeling empty.
His moments of reflection signal that he has a higher vision of himself, including a caring relationship to others. He is conscious of the effects of his actions on others. He leaves himself open to being used and hurt. Striking the right balance in a relationship takes some work. This is an authentic coming-of-age story.
Phil has a mentor, his great-grandmother, whose guidance even after her death helps him assess what he is doing and eventually find his way out of the morass. With her help he is able to identify the signs that tell him whether he is on the wrong, or the right, path. He is seeking an integration of all the aspects of being human: psychological, social, philosophical, physical and spiritual. With this integrity and a good deal of courage, Phil begins to create a constructive purpose in life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a big fan of Philip Nork, I've made it my mission to read all of his works. I am never disappointed either. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews
When I started reading this book I really didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was the author’s memoir, but through the reading I realized much of it was fictionalized. Read morePublished 22 months ago by BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN
Life Is A Balance: It Isn't Only About You by Phillip Nork continues the story that began in Misguided Sensitivity. In this book we see Phil in his late teens in 1979. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by David Watson
So here I was again, wanting to know what was Disco Phil going to do with his life. I had been thinking about him since I finished 'Misguided Sensitivity' and just had to know how... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by SCeleB.
A follow on from Misguided Sensitivity this second book about Phil’s “Life Lessons” will leave you feeling sad, happy, dark and light, sometimes all at the same time. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Orchard Book Club
Philip Nork gave an honest and very real depiction of life and sex and revelation in this book! The beginning was slow and I was tempted several times to hit the stop button (I was... Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Sabrina
Life Is a Balance isn't my usual kind of reading, but I was gifted the book and Phil's journey of self-discovery sounded interesting. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Edith
Mark Twain said "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story." And Philip Nork tells a good set of stories in Life is a Balance, balancing truth and fiction as skillfully as... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Sheila Deeth
Life is a balance picks up where MISGUIDED SENSITIVITY left off. While this can easily be read as a standalone novel, I highly encourage readers to pick up a copy of MISGUIDED... Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Amber Lehman, 2010 Lambda Literary Finalist - Bisexual Fiction