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Posted April 12, 2011
License to Live
License to Live, bye Elvin Dowling is a very unique and wonderful book designed to help even the most "down-on-your-luck" person in our society to find a sense of self-worth and completion in even the most difficult of circumstances. That having been said, it should not be misinterpreted that this is, in any way, a self-help book in the traditional sense. This book is not about pity-parties. It does not encourage you to simply "think positive thoughts" and all will go away. Instead, Dowling has encourages his reader to join him on a heart-felt, and deeply personal, journey in which they will face their problems head on.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Dowling starts this book where few others have the courage, with a recounting of his own personal journey. This very personal touch to the book sets a tone of solidarity with is reader that carries throughout the text. Also, having seen everything he's been through only enhances the amazing message of hope that this book provides. It is not simply the half-cocked ramblings of some blow-hard, telling you how your life should be even though he has never been there. Instead, this is a heart-felt plea for each and every person, regardless of their circumstances, to find their place in life. To discover exactly what it is that makes them unique and to use those unique gifts to tackle all the obstacles that lie ahead.
As a person who has suffered from depression for a majority of my life, I can tell you that this book is unique in both its format and function. There are many out there who attempt to offer solutions by trying to fundamentally change who you are. They want you to overcome yourself, not just your affliction. They encourage you to change everything, even the fundamental elements that make you who you are. At no point during my reading of License to Live did I ever feel such pressure. Instead, I felt inspired by this basic implication of the text: my obstacles and afflictions in life have affected me, even in some ways defined me, but they do not have to control me. They can make me stronger, and they can equip me to help others. This is a message of hope I find unrivaled by the plethora of "self-help", pseudo-psychological nonsense on the market today.
Dowling's work is truly one of compassion. His passion for the marginalized of the world is evident on page 1 and carries through to the very last page. This is not simply a money making gimmick for him. He is not promoting some empty personal agenda. This is not about face time or publishing deals. This is about helping you, his reader, to discover the rich and fulfilling life that is available to you. He knows your struggles, feels your pain, and he wants to be there by your side to help you overcome it all. And, above all else he wants you to remember that, in the midst of it all, hope does exist.
Posted March 18, 2011
Beautifully written, highly uplifting
License to Live is such an inspirational story of Dowling's ability to overcome difficulties in his life. It's truly an empowering story and has given me a new drive in my life. His battles have really pulled at my heart and shown me that every issue I go through is simply a comma in my story of life. Recommended for people young and old, anyone who has ever gone through struggles.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.