Turning This Thing Around

Turning This Thing Around

by Keith Maginn

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ISBN-13: 9781481276184
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/22/2012
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Keith Maginn was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the youngest of four kids. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as an Evans Scholar. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Keith relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, to work for AmeriCorps (a service organization like the Peace Corps, but within the United States) and for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity.

Keith recently moved back to Cincinnati after living nearly ten years in Tennessee. He likes to be around family and friends and has eight nieces and nephews that he adores. He loves playing and watching many sports and also enjoys live music, writing, meditation, yoga and reading.

In February 2011, Keith self-published an inspiring self-help memoir, Turning This Thing Around (available in paperback and e-book on Amazon.com or at keithmaginn.com). He feels writing is his life's purpose and that he has a message to share that will help others.
Maginn's second book, Goodwill Tour: Paying It Forward, is about a philanthropic experiment on the road. Goodwill Tour is due to be released in January of 2013 and the author hopes it will be his second book of many more to come.

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Turning This Thing Around 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
* I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Told with honesty and wit, the author details his physical and mental struggles. While reading I felt he had just scratched the surface and I thought it could have been more in-depth but maybe that's just me. He did offer some good tips for others going through personal problems. It's definitely a worthwhile read.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: Friends, you know how I feel about writers who sneak poetry into their texts.  Well.  Maginn may not have changed my mind, but he’s almost certainly changed my heart.  I don’t want this to be another “blah-blah this book changed my life we have so much in common blah” review, so I’ll simply say this:  I understand. If I were, say, a gal who’s struggled with mental illness my whole life, I’d give Maginn five stars just for having the cojones to put his story out there (mine, if you’re wondering, is safely tucked away in the back of my sock drawer).  If, though, I were the same gal, only one who also has experience with mentally ill loved ones, yoga, meditation, medication, psychiatrists, self-help books, and self-medicating, I’d say… You’re brave, Keith Maginn, and although the writer in me takes issue with your gratuitous use of poetry and self-help book quotations, I’m going to let it slide because, well, you’re braver than I am.  Well done. Would I recommend it: Yep.  Go for it.  You’ll finish it in an evening, and you’ll learn a little something in the process. Will I read it again: No, but I’d like to have a coffee (and/or a margarita) with Mr. Maginn. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
VonnieR More than 1 year ago
Everybody has their own problems, small or big. We work on our problems in many different ways to help us stay stable and happy. In this memoir, Keith Maginn had many extreme issues but how he dealt with them was inspiring. The first half of the book was very strong. We came to learn who Keith was and what his problems were. He was a very active person who didn't know how to relax, which affected his emotions and physical health. He also described his relationship with his fiancé. Their relationship was very chaotic. Keith's emotions were very evident during this portion of the book. I sympathized with him and could not begin to imagine the turmoil he was in. The second half of the book was about how Keith began to heal, and it was a little bit weaker. He began to find out what he had and began to learn how to help himself get better. His emotions and experiences were not as strong here since the majority of his telling concentrated on quoting other works. I did enjoy the quotes because they were thought provoking and they gave a sense as to what was going in Keith's mind, but I would have liked to have seen more of his own writing in this part. In the end, I found myself feeling very proud of Keith. He went through so much, to the point that many would have given up. I was very glad to read that he didn't but instead had faith to keep going. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is struggling to show that there is still hope.
NCReaderGirl More than 1 year ago
Clinical Depression… I have Depression, this is not an easy thing to say, it’s not something one wants to admit – even when (clinically) diagnosed, they still fight it tooth and nail. I also have anxiety – that just makes the depression that much worst For anyone with depression and anxiety merely talking about it can be difficult enough, never mind putting your struggles out there for the world to read about.  It’s just unheard of.  Not something anyone truly wants to talk about, mental illness is hidden from the public eye – it becomes a private battle.  Keith Maginn puts his struggles right out there for the world to see, he talks about it with a level of honesty that sometimes will make the reader go “seriously? Um ok”  But it’s that level of honesty that causes us to connect with him on a more personal level, the reader can relate to his struggles.  As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety (thankfully now medicated) I felt for him, I understood Mary’s disease about as well as one can, while each individual’s process of coping and healing is different – on some level I understood. A well written memoir of the caliber to pull the reader in from the beginning captivates the audience with powerful , meaningful, and inspirational quotes and passages, many of which I’ve borrowed for my own blog, highlight the authors’ journey, sometimes better explaining his through process and feelings much better than one sometimes can on their own.  The only downside I found to reading this memoir was that it seemed a tad unorganized, not sure if the author was going for a chronological telling of his story, or if he was all over the place in his thought processes.  That aside, this memoir will pull at your heart strings and keep the reader engaged from the first word on the first page.  Something I will highly recommend to anyone struggling with anxiety, depression and any other mental illness they deal with alone.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Keith Maginn appeared to be a healthy young man, with a loving family, and a promising career once he finished college. However, internally Keith was suffering a great deal. He was emotionally troubled and suffered daily from pain, primarily in his back. Was this to be his life or could he turn it all around? Keith believed the mantra that you should “suck it up” and suffer quietly; don’t burden others with your problems. So his life of depression and pain continued through college and afterwards, as he searched for steady employment and tried to make a life for himself. Eventually he found a girlfriend, Mary, and at first, he thought his life was getting better. The two seemed to be soul-mates and while Keith fell deeply in love with Mary, he wasn’t sure where the relationship would lead. Why? Primarily because Mary, like Keith, had her demons, which seemed to escalate as time when by. When they first met, she admitted that she suffered from bipolar/manic depression, but was taking her medications so things initially were good. A few months after they met, however, Keith experienced Mary’s profound mood changes after she contracted a staph infection. The medications for her depression were masked by the antibiotics for the infection. Add in migraines and insomnia, and it made Keith’s issues appear mild. Perhaps this relationship was destined from the beginning to fail, and fail it did. That’s when Keith’s problems took a turn for the worse. At his wits end, he did something he had refused to do before – he reached out to his family. About half of this relatively brief book (120 pages) is dedicated to explaining to the reader what brought Keith to his deepest depression, while the rest of the text covers what he did to heal. Before he can heal, the author notes that he had to dig deep inside himself to find the root causes of his problems. Having seen countless doctors throughout the years, he shares with the reader what finally helped him heal. It was not a magic pill, nor a 10-step (or 12, or 15-step, etc.) program as so many other books profess is THE CURE. Will it work for you? Maginn acknowledges that what worked for him may not work for you, but again, it just may. At the very least, it can be quite reassuring to know that others have travelled the same path you are on today. Quill says: If you’ve struggled with depression, you might want to read Turning This Thing Around to learn how another person dealing with similar issues was able to turn his life around. You are not alone!