Making Friends With The Boogeyman

Transforming Tragedy Into Triumph

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
210 Pages
Reviewed on 01/26/2023
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Author Biography

Heidi Smith is the bestselling author of "Making Friends With The Boogeyman: Transforming Tragedy Into Triumph" (2023). As a Transformation Guide,  Speaker and media guest, her mission is to help others expand abundance, peace, joy and love beyond their expectations. She is an Accredited Accelerated Evolution Coach continuing her studies under founder Satyen Raja in his Master Coach program. Raja, is a trainer for globally-renowned thinkers including T. Harv Eker, Colin Sprake and Gabor Mate. Heidi is a dedicated member of the training team at the Accelerated Evolution Academy.
Passionate about coaching one-on-one and in workshops, Heidi shares practical tools and experiential techniques, empowering others to awaken their leader within to share their gifts with the world.  Known and respected for inspiring people to live an extraordinary life, she uses personal and candid  stories of integrating intense childhood experiences, anxiety and addiction in order to reclaim her power.
Heidi lives on Vancouver Island with husband Rob and their happy Havanese, Harley and chances are, you’ll see Heidi practising what she teaches. Heidi delights in being by the ocean, sharing a delicious meal, hiking with friends, and trying new things.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite

Heidi Smith was a cheerful and lighthearted child who frequently made those around her laugh. But one night, when she was only 12 years old, this carefree lightness of being was buried alive. Heidi was half asleep, stumbling toward the living room, searching for her mother. What she witnessed left her scared to the core, and for most of her life, she carried the pain in silence and crucified herself for what happened. For many years, Heidi thought drinking and drugs were the only ways to escape her pain. But this would always create a pile of reasons to hate herself. In Making Friends With The Boogeyman: Transforming Tragedy Into Triumph, Heidi Smith guides us through how she overcame her traumatic past to become the best version of herself and how she discovered happiness in the wreckage.

Put down your sword and reconcile with your past. This was the message that stuck with me as I read this book. As human beings, we all have humiliating and painful pasts that we wish to lock away forever. Heidi Smith shares her story in a style that makes you feel and understand that you are not alone. She goes deeper to make you feel that you are so much more than your painful past. She incorporated several uplifting quotes that will leave you thankful you have made it this far. My favorite was the one that encourages the reader to always be optimistic about themselves. Making Friends With The Boogeyman is written from a first-person perspective. This made me feel as if I was sitting across a table from the author. This book will be a gift to anyone suffering from depression and wishing to see life in a new light. Psychologists and therapists will also find it beneficial to them in their line of work.

Maria Victoria Beltran

Making Friends With The Boogeyman: Transforming Tragedy Into Triumph by Heidi Smith is a work of non-fiction that spreads a message of transformation and joy. The book is divided into two parts entitled Tragedy and Triumph, in which the author reveals intimate details of her transformation journey. Witnessing the rape of her mother at a young age, she was consumed by loathing and anger from what happened and began to use alcohol and drugs more and more as coping mechanisms. In her quest for a better life, she joined a workshop and started to transform herself. Following the Twelve Steps Program, she found her road map to salvation where people love her, regardless of her past. At the back of the book, readers will find the Heidi Transformation Guide, Discussion and Journaling Questions, and Resources so you can start the journey to connect with your inner wisdom and transform your life too.

Heidi Smith’s Making Friends With The Boogeyman is an inspirational book for readers who want to transform their lives and live their dreams. Sharing her experiences with addiction, anxiety, and trauma to back up her message with concrete details is a great way to convince readers that she knows what she’s talking about. Heidi Smith is also a Transformation Guide and Accelerated Evolution Coach so there’s no doubt as to the credibility of this book. I find her tips for a successful transformation helpful. You should be willing to try something new, commit to taking action now, and believe that better is possible. I highly recommend this book!

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Making Friends with the Boogeyman: Transforming Tragedy into Triumph by Heidi Smith details her experiences with alcoholism and drug abuse. Through her first-hand account, Smith encourages her readers to take steps to empower themselves and go down the road to recovery, turning to their strengths to create a fuller physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually secure life.

Heidi delivers the raw details of her story and the milestone event that led her to start using drugs and alcohol. Although she experienced embarrassment due to some of her actions, Smith moved on to empower others by sharing her experiences. The author’s story is a candid testimonial, and many individuals would benefit from the honesty that flows from her words. Smith truly cares about her readers and understands their challenges. Through creative and personal channels, the author shows that her transformation was part of a process, and it led her down the road to a higher understanding.

Heidi Smith’s dedication to her readers is clear, as she provides exercises to help them evaluate their feelings and try to process them more constructively. QR codes throughout the book help to clarify her points and provide readers with enrichment. Making Friends with the Boogeyman is a great book for anyone who struggles with substance abuse issues, as it shows that they are not alone. The book would be a good companion for other readers, as Smith’s story could help soften their perspective on loved ones who may be struggling with the daily demands of life on top of tackling their dependency issues.