Recently I was given a copy of the book Downside Up by Tracey Mitchell to review from Booksneeze. The book is a self-help type book that tackles rejection in the different facets of life, from family, career, romantic relationships etc. The author speaks in easy to understand language and gives examples from her own life as well as those of friends and acquaintances. The book is about 200 pages and while it gives each subject its due it is not so long that you feel like you are receiving information overload. It is written from a Christian perspective and helps you to view yourself not as others view you or how you might view yourself but how your Heavenly Father views you. It helps you realize that things are not always perfect and that is OK! It is how we deal with the imperfections of life that really help us grow and develop.
Initially I thought that a book about rejection would be depressing not uplifting. It was quite the opposite. I honestly found the book intriguing and really liked the way the end of each chapter was set up with a review, a quote and action items to reinforce the skills you just learned. It made me feel that this was a book you could return to over and over should the need arise. I cannot say it hooked me in but I found it to be an easy read and something that made a difficult subject more social acceptable per say. I would say if someone or something has got you down that this book would be a good first step to dealing with feelings that are not always easily explainable to others.
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