Posted by Literary Titan
Andre Patenaude’s One Man’s Search For The Divine is an intimate look into the realities of struggling with childhood abuse and trauma. Using his own words, the author takes us through how he navigated his 30’s in search of enlightenment and healing. Ultimately, the vulnerability and authenticity of this book make it an emotional read.
The author goes into great detail about his depression, substance abuse, and divorces in a way that is realistic and emotional. Interestingly, he also manages to incorporate spirituality into the narrative and explains how it played an integral part in his healing process.
What really makes his story interesting though is the fact that he took his life into his own hands and decided to seek out meaning. From page to page, Andre regales us with his experiences while cycling, hitchhiking, and walking across the country. He spends countless hours in tents and meets helpful strangers along the way. His story not only speaks to his fortitude but also helps readers regain faith in humanity
We see the kindness of those he meets and how they nudge him forward on his spiritual journey. We also encounter the guru who changed his life and feel the genuineness of his transformation. And better still, we feel the support from his family as he trudges through his chosen path.
Ultimately, this book is a source of hope for anyone dealing with trauma, abuse, and addiction, but I think the writing style could have been more engaging and descriptive. The book feels like a series of dense journal entries rather than a story.
Man’s Search For The Divine is an inspiring memoir that is thought-provoking and emotionally stirring.
Pages: 109 | ASIN: B00KICJOX4
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