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No Easy Answers: A Book of Life-Changing Questions Paperback – November 25, 2014
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About the Author
Barry Mangione has lived a very full, diverse life and has traveled from the pits of despair to the peaks of happiness. Once a struggling alcoholic suffering from depression, failed relationships, bankruptcy, and other personal pitfalls, he now enjoys a life replete with art, aid to others, and promise.
A loving husband and proud father, Mangione has many talents and interests. He is a singer, songwriter, musician, martial artist, life coach, physical therapist, and fledgling biohacker. He and his wife firmly believe in the paleo lifestyle, for both physical and mental health.
His outreach efforts include volunteer work with the Appalachia Service Project and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In his self-help book No Easy Answers, he shares his personal success story with readers so that they, too, can achieve personal transformation.
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This isn't one of those thousand page self-help books that only serve to get you to subscribe to some other service or products that the author is hoping to sell, this is Barry's real story and his real heart - you won't be disappointed.
That is not Barry Mangione’s intent or process with this book. The author makes it clear at the very beginning: life does not provide us with easy answers, so how can one book? Instead, Barry shares his personal journey out of addiction and depression and into a healthier head-space, in chapters broken up by the various questions he found himself asking throughout his journey. He doesn’t guarantee that asking these questions will solve all of your personal problems; he’s just sharing what worked for him.
The chapters are short and focused, personal anecdote mixed with the questions. There’s no condescension, no “do it my way or hit the road” tone. Of course, the author hopes you’ll find the questions and the process of answering them helpful, but he doesn’t expect you to read his book and instantly be a changed person.
For me personally, I found the broad questions opened up my inner narrative to a bit more introspection than I usually allow myself to engage in (because answering some of these questions honestly involves considering personal negatives and positives – I tend to dwell heavily on the former and rarely on the latter). Your reaction to these questions may be wildly different, of course. Regardless of whether the questions Barry poses leads you to a bit of light introspection or to a deeper consideration of where you are in life right now, the book is worth reading.
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