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Ebook Details
  • 03/2022
  • 118 pages
  • $3.92
Paperback Details
  • 12/2021
  • 978-1-7774391-0-1
  • 85 pages
  • $7.99
Sarah Johnson
Author
The Great Self-Connect
This new-age generation-defining self help guide teaches you that if you want anything from life, anything at all, whether it be a stronger connection with Self, a path to move forward from abuse, or simply to live a more creative, robust, fulfilling, and prosperous life, begin your personal transformation by removing the confusion and chaos in your life first. Use the knowledge and pathways provided within to remove that which blocks your desires and hinders your well-being. Use it to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Use it to clarify and then remove all that overrides your intuitions and stops you from acting on our own behalf, even if faced with abusive and dangerous situations. Use it to break habits. Free yourself so you can be yourself! Dedicated to all members of indigenous tribes, LGBTQ2S+, #metoo survivors, and all the women and children who remain silent still, my wish is that this knowledge and these pathways help you reconnect to Self.
Reviews
Johnson debuts with an impassioned treatise on self-discovery and personal fulfillment. Contending that capitalism and organized religion have long instigated and reinforced the oppression of women, children, and minorities, she cautions readers not to assume that living “in a free country … automatically provides us with a free mind.” Instead, Johnson offers a path of enlightenment that calls for putting aside the judgment of others and reconnect with our creative “Self.” Drawing on her own life experiences as well as historical patterns, she explores the origins of chaotic contemporary living and asks the insightful question “what if we want to live and live well, rather than just exist?”

Readers will be intrigued by Johnson’s outraged analysis of past events that she claims have clouded our ability to perceive oppression: she covers the United States and Canada’s history of forcing indigenous children into residential schooling, witch hunts that were used as a tool to enforce patriarchal laws, and the Black Death’s decimation of the workforce, a catastrophe that she argues led to members of the ruling class targeting women and children by classifying them as the property of men. Some sweeping assertions may test readers, such as her contention that young male peasants were eager to be subservient to the upper class in exchange for the right to legally rape women, but overall she offers thoughtful reflections on the grim history of exploitation.

Johnson’s solution to escaping a life of “violence and hardship” is to forge our own path, casting aside fears of rejection and focusing on new habits that empower self-trust. She offers some concrete guidance in this process—including visualizing a “memory palace” to compartmentalize and store information from our achievements and personal resources to ineffective ways of thinking— that will give readers a starting point for taking ownership of their wellbeing. Readers feeling the weight of history and searching for against-the-grain answers to the afflictions of modern life will appreciate this read.

Takeaway: This eye-opening guide to alternative ways to lead a fulfilling life digs deep into the origins of oppression.

Great for fans of: Vicky Pryce’s Women Vs. Capitalism, James Davies’s Sedated.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: B
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: A-

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 03/2022
  • 118 pages
  • $3.92
Paperback Details
  • 12/2021
  • 978-1-7774391-0-1
  • 85 pages
  • $7.99

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