4 Stars: Surviving or Living?
Reading "A Life Worth Living: The Journey of an Authentic Soul" by Carla Feagan I was expecting a guide for me to achieve an "authentic soul," but instead I got a sensory-rich memoir, with poetry that gives the book an artistic flavor. The poetry between chapters and within chapters are the highlights of this book striking your senses with smart details, a wise choice by the author in a very personal and brave journey.
From an early age, Carla Feagan's soul or existence hangs on a string ready for destiny to cut it, dysfunctional family, abuse, and what a few of us understand sexual abuse the scaring of a life that sometimes we rather not know or talk about it. Carla's journey or her coping is the reaction of dealing with more than a child should have to cope with, outsiders tend to say apathetic solutions to abused survivors. It is hard to understand fractures in childhood, but survivors have testaments to share with the world, it's not for pity, but memoirs are lessons for us to perhaps be better, uplift some of us from our pain, and make better choices, so we don't repeat history with our children. "A Life Worth Living: The Journey of an Authentic Soul" proves the point that survivors of childhood abuses have to cross the line from just surviving to live that unlived life, there's a difference.
Carla Feagan strong point in this book is her poetry, her expression of her pain and good moments makes some chapters stronger than others, a few sections could have been just poetry, as a reader it's a minor conflict, "A Life Worth Living: The Journey of an Authentic Soul" is worth sharing.