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Review for diaries for 2018 - book

sveagrabarek · Jul 18, 2019 at 9:29 am

Funny, insightful, honest. I carried the book around with me for a few months and it was easy to read when I had a few minutes here and there. Yes this guy is in AA, but you don’t have to be a member of the program to understand the experiences he shares. His take on life cracks me up and makes me think.

Review for diaries for 2018 - book

JJ · May 29, 2019 at 2:09 pm

So, I have this amazing friend & he wrote this amazing book. Check it out!!!

It’s the coffee table kinda book that should be on every coffee table across the country. It’s also an insight into one brilliantly compassionate mind with many grins & relatable realities that brought me a little closer to a thorough check of self- honesty & authenticity.

Read it peeps!!!

Kelly K · May 29, 2019 at 8:46 pm

Beautifully said! I concur. I give it a solid 👍👍

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Review for diaries for 2018 - book

JJ · May 26, 2019 at 12:41 pm

Thank you for the special hand-delivery of you book. It’s amazing!

Bravo ✨✨✨✨✨✨

Review for diaries for 2018 - book

Coops · May 19, 2019 at 10:19 pm

This is the greatest book ever!!! You should support him and buy his book!!! If you remember him from Monmouth High School and didn’t bother to get to know him here is your chance to hear him!!! This is kind of a big deal people!!! ❤️😎

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Review for diaries for 2018 - book

Bliss78 · May 16, 2019 at 9:58 pm

I really enjoyed the eclectic writing. The author bounces between honest, emotional, moving reflections and obscure, random thoughts…much like my brain and probably yours, too.

I appreciated the journal entry-style format which allowed me to pick up and read as much as I felt like reading that day. I don’t really feel like this is a book only geared towards addiction or alcoholics. That’s kind of a side-note and just a characteristic of the author. It relates more to our own humanity. The topics are original and the book is worth reading.

Review for diaries for 2018 - book

jimi hindrance experience · May 12, 2019 at 9:36 am

It is a fine book. I am impressed with your skills. You have grown since we were goofing in Ottumwa. Be proud.

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Review for diaries for 2018 - book

Kelly K · May 9, 2019 at 6:20 pm

Thank you so much for the autographed copy of your book, and the great inscription. I really appreciate it. So proud of you for writing & publishing a book. Not an easy task!

Review for diaries for 2018 - book

glenn.cremer · May 7, 2019 at 7:55 pm

I read some of my copy from Amazon. Waiting on my copy I ordered from your website. What I did read I could relate to a lot of it.

Review for diaries for 2018 - book

vabevabe17 · May 7, 2019 at 5:58 pm

So excited!!! I love the inscription!!

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Review for diaries for 2018 - book

elaineorr · May 5, 2019 at 8:49 pm

I rarely pick up a book not really knowing what it’s about, but I’m glad I dove into tcr Bang’s Diaries for 2018. It’s an eclectic mix of honest rendition, life reflections, and family interactions – with a fair bit of wry humor. I love the mentions of conversations with his daughter.

The writing is from the perspective of a recovering alcoholic, so the introspection is worthwhile. Personal honesty – those words comes to mind about every other page. Many diarists think about how the reader will react, and it stunts the fortitude.

There are some pop culture references that I can’t relate to, but they don’t detract from the flow. I can’t do the book the kind of justice one can with a mystery or World War II nonfiction. I think anyone would enjoy the book. Certainly anyone contemplating writing a memoir should look at the fresh approach.

Good black-and-white photographs, too.

Here are a few quotes I like. There are so many more.

“I’m always so proud of myself when I walk out of the grocery store without any ice cream. In related news: I’m always so disappointed with myself when I’m sitting on the couch without any ice cream.”

“Grace has been gifted to me by the cosmos. Numerous times. I believe it’d be good for me to regift as well.”

“Part of being restored to sanity means realizing I don’t have to tolerate abuse from someone in the present just because I hurt them in the past.”

“However to be truly and fundamentally happy in this very moment, we can never go wrong with simply appreciating what we have. Plus, we can always take action to make things happen rather than plodding along waiting for the universe to hand us our next winning lottery ticket.”

“Embrace the demons that haunt us. But always keep in mind the goal is to set them free, not to give them safe harbor for eternity.”

“Sometimes I dream that I am floating on a raft in the middle of the ocean. My foot is dangling off the side. I can’t move because there’s nowhere to go. Drifting on an endless sea. Claustrophobic on my 8 foot pontoon. And then I wake up and the damn cats are hogging the bed. Again.”

And don’t forget to read the bio at the end. I recommend this book.