Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Gift of Stuttering, A Personal Journey

When looking for an inspiration, it is not always easy to find a book that has the balance of being easy to read and full of solid motivation. Moe Mernick has an organized path for dealing with difficulty in his book, The Gift of Stuttering.

Judging the Book by its Cover -  a first glance review:

The book looks like a clean, straight-forward memoir, which it is. The title is very fitting as that is the approach of Mernick's confrontation to his challenges, starting with stuttering, but continuing onto many aspects of adulthood, including religion, career opportunities and parenthood. 

Some Details I Liked:

I like that the book is written in a way that is easy to relate to. There are even a few pages written by Melanie, the author's wife, which add perspective and another voice to the book. I also appreciated the comprehensive list of resources and recommendations in regards to stuttering as well as handling life.

Who This Book is For:

This book is great for PWS (People Who Stutter), but it is actually an amazing book for any living person. Because everyone has territory that needs to be conquered in order to enhance their quality of life.

Who This Book Isn’t For:  

The Gift of Stuttering is not for people who want to be stuck. After reading it, I had the confidence to overcome some obstacles that had been in my way for months! So if that is an effect that you can't handle, take caution and stay away. ;-)

What I Didn’t Like/Would Have Made it Better: 

While I very much enjoyed hearing the voice of a young man, I think this book would have had a greater impact if there was an epilogue with how he dealt with more mature challenges later in life. BeH, maybe this is something that can be added in the next edition.

In Conclusion:  

I very much enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it. It contains Jewish concepts, but the only Hebrew is on the cover, so it is fitting to be shared across the spectrum of English readers.

I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it, but that it no way changed the way I read it and reviewed it.