- File Size: 767 KB
- Print Length: 211 pages
- Publisher: HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc. (February 3, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 3, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079KSVJGB
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Parallel Universes: The Story of Rebirth Kindle Edition
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Parallel Universes is one man's quest to find his truth and freedom in a life that didn't feel real or right, no matter what. Unpacking secrets from his past, he recovers from trauma and addiction, but does not fit into any traditional box of healing. David Bohl invites us to discover that sobriety is not formulaic and that just because we don't relate to a particular program or feel like we fit in somewhere, doesn't mean we won t enjoy incredible clarity and freedom. Bohl has turned his life into a 'relentless pursuit of reality' and he may give many readers the courage to find their own way out of struggle. --Tama Kieves, USA Today-featured visionary career catalyst, inspired success coach, and author of Thriving through Uncertainty
Vulnerable is the new macho, exposing personal weakness, the new leadership. Parallel Universes is a sincere, powerful and well-organized memoir of transformation, from overcompensation to authenticity. David Bohl leads with his own painful example and his own humble renewal. David may be a first-time author but he's a seasoned communicator and a community builder ... Parallel Universes captures a zeitgeist of a movement away from the broken promises of baby boomer superficial success and an attention to personal and community wellness. This is a story for our time. --Joe C, broadcaster/writer, author of Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12-Step Life
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After confessing about being adopted to some young school peers, David, as a child, realizes that there is a division between himself and other people who are not adopted. Bohl sees that even under the best of adoption experiences, something is missing (genetic and social history), which separates himself from others who have biological privilege.
(P. 45, “Often it felt as if everybody else got an instruction manual that I clearly had not been given.”
(P. 47, “I hadn’t been given the direction that would show me how to be in the world. How did everybody else know how to be?”)
A large part of David Bohl’s story documents his struggles with alcoholism, a condition that runs higher among the adoptee population. Bohl not only felt that he experienced a double identity and universe as an adopted person but also as a drinker.
This book is an amazing and authentic resource for any individual at any age who struggles with addiction. In fact, it’s more about Bohl’s alcoholism and recovery experiences than it is about his being adopted, but he does blend both aspects together before his story concludes. Parallel Universes reads fast and has the feel of sitting together with David at a kitchen table having a Realistic conversation.
(Read the book to understand why I capitalized and italicized “Realistic”!)
Although my story and issues are so different from the author's, through his candid telling, I recognized some "parallel" themes in my life. For years, I've recognized that I have lost myself. I attributed (blamed?) the cause to a lack of a sense of agency or control as I moved into a new life situation. Nope. Through the process of reading this book and reflecting, I now recognize that resolving a short term, surface-level agency issue wouldn't even stir the disconnect within me. In my life, there are clear signs of unresolved trauma-of something I've chosen to tuck away, like the boxes of hidden away old stuff sitting in my garage...and room...and closets... Dave's book reveals denial's effects (and seduction) and the hope and healing allowed by recognition of the problem. So now I have taken action with my next step. Thank you, Dave. Parallel Universes indeed.