|TITLE:||My Journey to Spiritual Restoration|
|AUTHOR:||Ms. Gurmay Darlington|
|My Journey to Spiritual Restoration|
My Journey to Spiritual Restoration is the autobiography of Gurmay Darlington. In her book she shares about how she grew up in Guyana and her living conditions there. She tells of being poisoned by an older cousin when she was three months old. Ms. Darlington goes on to tell about the sexual and physical abuse she suffered as a child. In her autobiography, she describes how – with the help of God – she was able to endure many hardships and become a successful business owner living in the United States today.
Her story is touching and has the potential to be a rather inspirational book if not for a few things that I found rather distracting.
The first distraction that I encountered was the way that she chose to tell her story. The entire book is written in the third person. Throughout the book the author refers to herself as Darlington. While I realize that this is an accepted style of writing, I did find it made the book less enjoyable. I think the author could have connected better with her readers if she had written the book in the first person.
Ms. Darlington states in her book that she holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters degree. Given her level of education, I was rather disappointed in the quality of her writing. The book is filled with grammatical errors that are common to those who are not well educated or did not grow up with English as their native language. Even though Ms. Darlington probably did not grow up speaking English, I would have expected her to have an editor look over the manuscript before publishing it.
Finally, I thought the book was poorly organized. Some of the chapters seemed out of order and several events seem to be repeated in multiple chapters. The fact that she was poisoned at three months old was mentioned at least three times in the book as well as on the back cover.
Gurmay Darlington has a story to tell that I feel is worth sharing. I think it is sad that she did not present her experiences better in My Journey to Spiritual Restoration. This could have easily been a 5 star book, but I feel the quality and presentation lowers it to 3 stars.
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