Laurie Gardner's The Road to Shine is a self-help memoir chronicling the travels, triumphs, and heartbreaks experienced by the author and how she came through all of those things to figure out how to make her life shine.
I picked up this book at Book Expo America, probably more because the author and I have the same first name than any other reason. But I was also interested to read about Gardner's story and see if the book had any tips that the average reader could use to also find the "shine" in their lives.
I didn't think the book really offered concrete tips until the very end, but it's the worth the read to get there. Laurie Gardner has lived a pretty interesting life, traveling the world, meeting new people, trying new things, and doing what she loves. She may not have always known in advance what she wanted to do or what she was truly called to do, but all of her life experiences helped shape the person she became. Without going through the things she went through and seeing the things she did, she wouldn't have realized her true life calling.
Of course, we can't all graduate from Harvard and work in inner-city schools and take time off to work on a sheep farm in New Zealand and go on a four-day cleanse in the desert as the author did. But we can do thinks for ourselves that help us live a more fun, free, and full life.
This would be a good book for anyone who is interested in figuring it all out. The back of the book says, "For anyone who's ever sensed that there must be something more..." Laurie Gardner is proof that there can be something more if you're willing to go on the adventure to find it.
The Road to Shine is published by Central Recovery Press and is on bookstore shelves now. I received a free review copy at Book Expo America with no obligation to review.