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Reviewed by Sela Lesedi for Readers' Favorite
Jacqui Letran's I Would, but My Damn Mind Won’t Let Me! is an excellent book. With this journal, you will get more than you expected. The stunning mandala designs on the activity pages make it more interactive for the reader. The mandalas allow the reader to personalize their copy. It will appeal to teens, young adults, and chronic overthinkers of all ages. The explanations as to how the mind works and how you can use the practical exercises to help channel your thoughts in a positive direction are insightful. The book also includes a variety of self-care exercises to help you through challenging days. The work encourages the essential practice of mindfulness whilst building self-confidence in teens using step-by-step instructions.
Jacqui Letran’s writing is detailed, sensible, and relatable. I Would, but My Damn Mind Won’t Let Me! is well-written and well-researched. Letran understands the topic and her target audience well. She writes for teens struggling with overthinking and lacking in self-confidence. She echoes the true-to-life point of view of young adults who face the challenge of living with negative thought patterns. I did the exercises in the book, and I enjoyed how refreshed I felt afterward. With each attempt, I learned new things about myself. I learned how to be mindful of my inner mean-girl boss. Most importantly, my self-confidence and understanding of my thought patterns improved significantly. A great deal of analysis and intention was put into the writing of this work. This is a much-needed book for teens all over the world.