I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
What's found within is not a cure for anything. Instead, it's a means for your mind to get out of the way so the body can attempt to heal itself. The principles found here are 5000 years old, and they work. What Nick Ortner has done here is simplified it to the point where you can go as deep or not as you choose into any physical, mental, or emotional issue. As there is literally no way to make the problem worse than it was when you started, and as there is no way to do this wrong, it's worth giving it a go. I was surprised on my initial outings, and I will proceed to larger issues. I am impressed.
There are a couple of reviews that say there are no instructions. It's quite the reverse. The instructions are first presented in chapter 2, and the reader is guided through them repeatedly for different issues.
For those inclined to this sort of read, this is a very informative book. The performance... that's the weak spot. Shiela Book's voice is pleasing and clear, but she reads so mechanically that it feels like you're back in school and the teacher calls on one of the students to read aloud. She. Reads. Like. This. Once you get used to it, it's easy enough to pay closer attention to the material, but it takes a little extra effort.
Maybe I'm biased. Like so many others like me, Christopher Reeve has been a role model for me since Superman first hit the big screen. As I grew up, I got to learn about the man behind the Man of Steel, and his "can do" attitude continued to inspire. Between the accident that left him paralyzed and his death years later, Reeve's inner strength proved the title of this book to be true. Nothing is impossible.
So many years later, it's still heart-wrenching to hear him speak about his experiences in his own words, so it's no surprise this book packs quite the punch. At the same time, this is one of those stories that only he could tell with all of the humanity and personal conviction he could bring to bear. There's nothing sugar-coated here; the tragedy and the optimism are both as genuine as the man himself. This audiobook is written and presented in such a way that he's speaking directly to you.
Before the end of his life, Reeve was able to walk again, with assistance, and only a few steps at a time. But it did happen. The force of will to do that is unquestioningly great, and it's something few of us can fathom. This book helps to fill in the picture a bit, and to show that this level of commitment to an idea is not only human, it's within us all. Whatever the situation, whatever the misfortune, we are gifted with untold reserves that help us to adapt and to (as Reeve himself has said) "go forward." This is the legacy of Christopher Reeve. It's a message all of us deserve to hear.