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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Come Alive: Live a Life with More Meaning and Joy by Yu Dan Shi is an inspirational, motivational book with a powerful message for contemporary readers. In this book, the author shares her journey towards finding joy, meaning, and happiness. Born in a poor village in China, Yu worked hard to achieve, climbing the corporate ladder and making a great success of her career until that day when, returning from a round of meetings, she feels sick and gets to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. She needs an operation and as she lay there in the operating room, asking God for a second chance, she couldn't help asking the question: Is this it?
The author shares her story and reveals powerful truths and revelations that will help readers question the way they live. She starts by explaining the paradox of success which puts us in a position where we succeed on the outside while feeling empty and hollow within. In this book, Yu Dan invites readers to reassess their values, face the deeper truth of who they are and what they really want, and describes the path towards a liberating joy and a life of meaning. Her writing is filled with wisdom and insight and she uses her experiences to enrich the message she shares.
It's both a memoir and a testament, a book that asks questions for reflection like: “What long-term beliefs have made you successful at work but caused you unhappiness in your life?” In a world as busy as ours, where we are engrossed with the pursuit of “success,” we can forget to stop and ask the question: What do I really want? What actually gives my life meaning? Come Alive: Live a Life with More Meaning and Joy helps readers ask such questions and points them where to find the right answers.