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Bowen White M.D. truly opens your eyes about what's important in life and how the stress that comes from what other people put into your inbox can really take you down. This is an easy to read, step by step eye opener about how the things we accept for normal in our life are slowly killing us and the book gives you significant, solid steps on how to take control over your life back from the world we live in and really learn to live. I loved it.
This is a truely passionate, wonderful, and deeply considered book which opens the reader to new and invaluable insights into who we are, how we became this way, and what we can do to be healthy rather than normal. Always willing to laugh at himself, Dr. White uses practical down to earth examples from his own life and then, often when you least expect it, with a loving twinkle in his eye, helps us to look at our own lives, sometimes through tears we had thought had long since dried up. Mixed with courage and compassion, grounded in medical science but led by hope and a sense of the infinite possibilities, Why Normal Isn't Healthy opens a pathway which leads toward a better life.
White has a good message: Our fear-based, looking-good tendencies are not healthy for us and perpetuate unhealthy behavior in others. He discusses why we become this way, measures he took to lessen this in himself and suggests how we can do likewise.
I did find the book tiresome to follow for a number of reasons including White's wordy, informal writing style, and his frequent reliance on quoting cryptic poetry.
Thank you Bowen White for the journey. This book takes you in the depths of your soul and find out who you REALLY are. Falling down? Get up and finish the race! Normal? Why be normal when you can be who and what you were ment to be.....healthy and happy. Very entertaining and witty. Once I started the book I couldn't put it down. Go nuts and let go. Just misbehave and heal. I will never be the same. Thank God. THANKS BOWEN!
I've known Bowen White for many years and so my review could be considered biased........however, I can honestly say that he has always been "out there" i.e., not being so normal, making people laugh all the time, and strikes me as a very healthy person ... he follows his own words and ideas and has written a very honest book. I'd say we can all learn something from him. He spoke to a keen group of university students here on a recent visit and had a great time involving them in taking a different path toward solving life's challenges. His enthusiasm for life and for all people comes through in this book.
No matter how many times I read this book, something new always resonates with me. These are life lessons, and a lot of them seem to take a whole lifetime to master...but the pursuit is the worthiest you'll ever embark upon. I strive every day to shake my unhealthy "normal" behaviors and embrace the spirit of this book - one that is laughing, open-hearted, through life.