The Cure For Onlyness

A Black Man's Guide To Joy, Passion & Purpose

Non-Fiction - Motivational
192 Pages
Reviewed on 12/09/2019
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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

Many black men feel isolated in society. Even if they work hard and achieve the best things in life (a family, a great job, and success), the sense of solitude accompanies them nonetheless. If you are a black man who wants to improve his life, then you have found the book that will guide you through this process. Coach Michael Taylor's The Cure for Onlyness is an informative book that explains the reasons why you are unhappy and how you can have a better mindset. In ten engaging chapters, Taylor fights stereotypes about black men and helps his readers find out who they are. To do this, he explains how to overcome traumas, redefines masculinity, and touches on love, health, wealth, and spirituality.

This quick overview does not cover all the topics in The Cure for Onlyness. However, it is enough to help readers understand the treasure they will find here. I have read many motivational books in my life, but this one stands out for its in-depth analysis and simple language. I especially like that Taylor explains how the brain works and how it is different from the concept of "mind." After reading The Cure for Onlyness, you will reach a level of awareness that you probably did not have before. Taylor also gives enlightening examples, including events from his own life. These parts, as always with real-life experiences, are valuable and invite further reflection. The Cure for Onlyness is an excellent read for black men who want to become better persons. Also, for its intrinsic value, it is an outstanding piece of writing.

Vernita Naylor

Did you know that there are a lot of stereotypes that society unfairly places on men of color that they hear about, experience and sometimes tend to believe about themselves? If this information is not properly channeled, its influences can greatly impact how they live their lives and future generations. In the motivational book, The Cure For Onlyness: A Black Man's Guide To Joy, Passion & Purpose by Coach Michael Taylor, readers, especially men, will learn some tips on living their purpose by dealing with the social ills that tend to overshadow them and their accomplishments. Michael has provided ten lessons that are the essential cures for what can ail the average man. Everything in the world today can affect a man of color both positively and negatively. Michael displays the cure, from the impact of a negative mindset, discovering and acknowledging who you are, understanding your masculinity, the essence of love, your body, intimacy and connection, creating generational wealth, connecting with like-minded people, to form the catalyst for reaching your goals.

It was a pleasure reading this book because it tapped into so many different avenues that men of color have been and are still experiencing over the years, but with each decade men are evolving stronger, wiser and encouraged despite the obstacles they face. I loved how Michael emphasized that choosing the right partner and creating your tribe is what is important in helping a man to build and grow into a more well rounded, healthy person. Also, the importance of developing a mental paradigm shift against the odds is essential. In this book, Michael offers various types of resources, organizations and tips to do just that. It is highly recommended that you get a copy of this book today and tell a friend.

Benjamin Ookami

The Cure For Onlyness: A Black Man's Guide To Joy, Passion & Purpose, by Coach Michael Taylor, has more appeal for black men in that it is written to take them from a place of isolation to a life filled with useful connections. A Californian therapist named Jewel Love, who wrote the amazing foreword, points to what is termed in this book as "Onlyness," feeling deeply isolated. Coach Michael Taylor has been a writer and speaker for over twenty-five years and what he has learned is that there is a cure for Onlyness, a social media term described as being the primary mental issue that affects Black executive men.

The author makes good points such as the stereotypes that black males usually buy into. He writes about how all men, in general, have been conditioned and he also challenges it. Each chapter comes with inspirational quotes. What I also liked was the author's own observations on matters such as masculinity, illusions that impact men negatively, and ways to overcome them. The Divine Intelligence that is often promoted was not something I fully agreed with as someone who knows a little about religion and how religious people usually feel about topics such as this. The reader will enjoy something truly impressive and thought-provoking in Coach Michael Taylor's narrative voice, which is both highly intellectual and engaging. I recommend this book to men of color who are looking for real inspiration and who find it hard to navigate their own path towards a successful career, loving relationship, good health, spirituality, and more.