My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This July, I opted to focus a majority of my reads on non-fiction books, mostly on the autobiographical end of the spectrum. The first was a memoir by J. P. Willson who wrote ‘Through the Mind’s Eye: A Journey of Self-Discovery.’ I stumbled upon the author via his Goodreads profile and liked the cover and synopsis, so I added it to my TBR a couple of years ago. I finished it in a short time, but it’s also written in a way where you can easily stop and start at your leisure.
J.P. is in his fifties and tells us from the beginning that he’s always been an alcoholic. From the get-go, you feel the honesty and raw pain he’s gone through. Rather than blame others, he’s taken the bull by the horns, so to speak, to focus on his recovery and ensure his future is a happy one. By the end of his memoir, readers clearly understand the key things he went through, what he believes changed him, and how the AA program helped him get to where he is today.
Is one drink per night too much? Two? Five? Drinking before noon? It’s not that simple, as Willson generously shares with his readers. The AA program worked for him on many levels, but not necessarily on all. One by one, he discusses each of the twelve steps, the original religious aspects, and the concept of having a sponsor. In his introspective and personal analytics, readers find common sense and new ideas to consider. It’s not as simple as ‘stop drinking’ or ‘follow the plan.’ It’s a disease, he reminds us, and sometimes, it can be sneaky and vengeful.
Willson is brave to share this with others. Then again, after what he went through in reality, perhaps sharing this truth is cathartic. Whatever you believe, it’s clear that the man has truly learned how to live without the dependency. He wasn’t satisfied to understand why he drank on a surface level; it was necessary to dive deep and explore everything that led to his decisions. And now that he’s a recovering alcoholic, he can even poke fun at himself on the things he can’t believe once occurred. Or point out how hard it is for a chef who loves to pair wines to suddenly not be able to do it anymore.
It’s wonderful to see a success story, and while he will always remember the pain of the past, the new attitude and attentiveness to his words in this book clearly show the success he deserves to have in the future. I’d recommend this book for anyone who has an issue with alcohol (or other addictions) or is watching someone they care for go through it themselves.
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