Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm by Steve Austin is an honest, authentic, and heartwarming memoir that gives hope to readers and will encourage them to approach their journey of life with acceptance, honesty, and patience while going in search of the calm everyone has in them. Everyone has terrible days and times which often leave them wondering if those times will last forever. The author's story is a good example that will help readers realize difficult times are not long-lasting and it is possible to heal the deepest parts of the soul just like any physical wound. The book is not just for Christians, it is also for atheists, agnostics, Protestants, Catholics, mystics, other faiths, and everyone else.
The topic is relevant and relatable. The author's approach, laced with personal experience and stories, will motivate many readers out there to become human again. His definition of spirituality makes a lot of sense - that is connecting the head and heart in a way that works and it can differ for individuals. Catching Your Breath is a good tool for readers who want to discover their true selves, and the author makes it easy to understand with his conversational and simple style of writing. The memoir has a lot of good insights and wisdom that will enable readers to seek the richness in their relationships and lead a fulfilling life. The author encourages readers to embrace their uniqueness, celebrate the similarities, and soak up the sounds of friendship, harmony, and grace. As Dr. Howard Thurman said: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”