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Who Would I Be Without: Based On a True Story of a Little Willingness by [McDonald, Jim]
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In Who Would I Be Without, Jim McDonald has provided a real gift to those readers who are looking for a path to personal growth.  He shares a fascinating  mosaic journey into an unexplored life which gives us the message that we can find a knowing and an inner peace within if we avoid the quick fix, trust our intuition, persevere and  be ever mindful that life is a moment-by-moment marathon and not a fifty-yard dash. And, that there is no finish line.    Karl Bunkleman - Health Care Professional

About the Author

James Patrick McDonald has a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication and Group Leadership, which he built upon as a Training & Development professional for nearly two decades. His education, training, and life influences have shaped Jim into a dynamic and inspirational Student of Experience guide and teacher. He follows inspiration by sharing his powerful message of self-awareness and inner peace through talks, printed materials, workshops, and coaching sessions.

Product Details

  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Jim McDonald (printed by Booksurge) (August 10, 2009)
  • Publication Date: August 10, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002OHD23Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,667,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There is something about this book that won't let go of me. I rarely read fiction - but I made an exception for this one, as the author was leading a discussion group in which I participated.

I read it in three sittings, as I became enthralled with the main character Nathan, from the get-go. His honest, bare-naked, and non-stop internal dialogue, which tells most of the story, was frightfully similar to my own. I imagine it would resonate in a similar manner with anyone who seeks spiritual growth - yet is saddled with a lifetime of learned habits, judgements (self and others), and unmet expectations.

Though billed as a 'novel', the book is clearly a candid and poignant look into the inner-workings of the author's soul through the eyes of the main character.

For me, and because it WAS a novel, I became engaged with the storyline, rather than SELF-engaged, as would naturally happen when reading a book written for the purpose of teaching. I found myself more open - even more vulnerable - to what I was receiving.

After I finished reading - I promptly made plans to burn all of my personal journals. So I guess it's appropriate to warn readers to "Read at your own risk". Some pretty heavy stuff will come up.

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This first novel by James McDonald reminds me of M. Scott Peck's Road Less Traveled, and his fictional novels, in its depiction of an individual who boldly treads the road of self discovery. The protagonist has undergone 9 years of psychotherapy which has driven him into an almost obsessive compulsive running self analysis, as he undergoes various life-changing experiences such as loosing corporate employment, breakup with his girlfriend, selling off his possessions, and an attempt at a geographical cure. He travels through some very interesting experiences in his quest for enlightenment (normalcy?), including exposure to a sense-deprivation chamber, a visit to mediums in a New York spiritualist center, massage therapy, AA fellowship, application of ACIM lessons, etc., etc. The book is well written, with only minor errata which may be attributed to mainly printing errors. I have spoken to other readers of this promising new novel and have discovered, as in my case, that each has had a profound emotional reaction to the book at some point or other, having to put it down and walk away from it to return eagerly at a later point to devour it. Those who are interested in topics such as inner-child recognition, AA, Course in Miracles, relationship addiction, anger management and the quest for spirituality and honesty would benefit from and enjoy "Who Would I be Without: Based on a True Story of a Little Willingness".
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This book is so well written and flows so genuinely as the main character, Nathan, takes a journey into his darkest moments and his search for peace. The story stirred up alot of emotions for me as I reflected back to some of my own times of self doubt and fear. The story unfolds so beautifully that I didn't want to put it down but had to so that I could process his emotions and his pain. On the other hand, I couldn't wait to pick it up again. It is a book that anyone can relate to who has ever experience the human emotion of "not good enough".
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Although I've known Jim for years I just yesterday downloaded his first and second books. I was touched by his ability to be so vulnerable and describe his inner journey so fluidly. This book is a testament to Jim's path of surrender and finding his own inner place of peace. I finished it in a day and a half. I believe him to be a gifted writer.
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I just finished reading "Who Would I Be Without"
I found it to be a very moving book....I felt like I was on the journey
of self discovery right beside Nathan. The author has a knack of making
you feel like you are going through each process he is experiencing.
Reading this has reminded me of how important it is too look within.
And to be quiet and listen for guidance.....How do I foget that?
thank you for reminding me.
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