Finding Home in the Wild Edges of Being Human

Non-Fiction - Motivational
314 Pages
Reviewed on 07/04/2024
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Reviewed by Carol Thompson for Readers' Favorite

Unarmored: Finding Home in the Wild Edges of Being Human by Allison Crow is a refreshingly candid exploration of self-leadership and authenticity. In this beautifully illustrated book, Crow invites readers to embark on a journey inward—to trust and embrace their true, unfiltered selves. The book’s core message revolves around the notion of trusting oneself deeply, beyond the societal conditioning that often masks our authentic identities. Unlike many self-help books, Crow doesn’t lecture or tell readers what they “must” do. She shares without being preachy, and there is nothing facetious about her raw honesty. Crow addresses many issues, including anger, death, depression, and courage.

Allison Crow acknowledges the challenges of the journey toward authenticity—its vulnerability, the need for self-compassion, and the development of emotional agility. Yet, she reassures readers that the rewards far outweigh the difficulties. Through cultivating connection, calm, and compassion, she suggests one can discover quiet confidence and clarity that allows for true self-expression. The colorful watercolor illustrations were a pleasant surprise, and the short chapters make the content more digestible. Crow gives readers time to reflect on each chapter, and the unrushed feeling is calming. Unarmored is a testament to the transformative power of embracing one’s whole self. It challenges readers to dismantle their protective armor and instead embrace their vulnerabilities as a source of strength. Crow’s writing is uninhibited, and she doesn’t hold back when sharing her life experiences. She allows readers to learn “with her” and not “from her.” Whether you're seeking personal growth or a deeper connection with yourself, Allison Crow's book will lead you on the path to authenticity and self-acceptance.

Diana Lopez

To improve as individuals, we must broaden our view of life. We often close ourselves off by letting the opinions of others influence us, thinking there are no solutions. Overcoming obstacles can be complicated, but the power is within us, and sometimes we must rediscover ourselves. An inspiring example is Allison Crow. After her divorce, her ideal life fell apart, which catalyzed her transformative journey of self-discovery. She is now a life and self-leadership coach. In Unarmored: Finding Home in the Wild Edges of Being Human, Allison shares her path to empowerment. Through anecdotes, she offers advice on how to nurture our essence, gain confidence, and remain calm in the face of difficulties.

Allison Crow has a fun and cheerful writing style, approaching complicated situations and accomplishments with equal enthusiasm. She constantly reminds us to accomplish our goals by feeling comfortable with ourselves, not just for standing out. She shares numerous life tips, motivating us to balance work, rest, and fun. Her stories are mainly personal and are designed to help us prevent mistakes. Allison writes in clear, simple, and direct language, making it easy to connect with her experiences. Her advice is practical and realistic. I was especially impressed with her explanation of how to overcome the fear of starting over and connecting with yourself. I also found it inspiring when she described the difficulties she has overcome, such as her diagnosis of depression and her childhood experiences. Unarmored reminds us that what matters is not just acquiring material goods but leading our lives with our hearts.

K.C. Finn

Unarmored: Finding Home in the Wild Edges of Being Human is a work of non-fiction in the motivational writing, self-help, and guidance genres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience as it contains some use of strong language. Penned by author Allison Crow, this inspirational work explores the journey toward trusting and embracing one's authentic self, delving into the vulnerability, self-compassion, and emotional agility required to dismantle societal conditioning and cultivate genuine self-acceptance. The emphasis on vulnerability and self-compassion underscores the importance of embracing all aspects of oneself, even the uncomfortable and challenging parts.

Author Allison Crow holds nothing back in crafting this transformative read, guiding her audience through the intricate process of self-discovery and self-acceptance with a great sense of wisdom and compassion woven naturally into the narrative. Her insights are likely to resonate with those who haven’t always valued themselves in the past, offering a roadmap for navigating the complexities of human existence with grace and authenticity. Crow's writing is both insightful and inspiring, encouraging readers to cultivate a very personal journey using the bigger-picture advice that she lays out for them. This means the book can be used in any way the reader prefers to help with issues both small and large scale. The metaphor of being ‘unarmored’ is an underlying theme that gives the work a strong logic at its core. Courage and resilience are required to strip away the layers of societal expectations and embrace one's true essence. Overall, Unarmored is a rich and transformative guide to living a soulful and authentic life, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone seeking a positive change.