The Unfolding: An Invitation to Come Home to Yourself

HarperOne. Mar. 2023. 224p. ISBN 9780063094420. $25.99. SELF-HELP
With a voice of longing, this title is a soulful look at close relationships, body image, career considerations, and the inner disturbance caused by social injustice. This is a gentle nudge, an insistent beckoning to be more, and a compassionate reminder to be true to oneself when the world is stressful. These are the affirming messages provided in poet and actor Estoria’s collection of essays accompanied by poetry, calming illustrations, reflections, and meditations. Disappointments and obstacles may be bruising, but there is a path to peace. It requires intention and awareness. Working through the five stages—awakening, eclipsing, mending, illuminating, and returning—the author examines religious and family obligations, as well as societal patterns of behavior that are unconsciously passed down to young adults. Seeking peace may include setting boundaries and defying expectations set by family and church.
VERDICT Estoria (Write Bloody: Spill Pretty) is a gifted storyteller sharing loving, spirit-fueled messages of self-acceptance. With echoes of Iyanla Vanzant, this title is for all public libraries. Empowering and transformative, it reminds all individuals to give themselves permission to dance in their own lives.
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