Author: Scot D. Spooner
Publisher: AuthorHouse (2012)
Binding: Paperback, 132 pages
Achievement of life changing positive consequences, through personal
accountability and responsibility. The theme of the book is that we are all
very different, yet the same, and in that "sameness' there are universal
truths and lessons that can be applied to all humans.
The book chronicles my life from a young man, through becoming a soldier, a
Green Beret, a member of Delta Force, and now a successful entrepreneur and book author.
The struggles and key times that the book highlights are: Coming from a
broken home, Alcoholism, Combat, PTSD, Being Fired, leaving the military, ALL personal relationships
If you enjoy reading online commentaries that are posted by anonymous people after debatable news stories or expert sport analysts, then this is the book for you. Scot Spooner begins his book, Your Life, with a question. “So how is it that you are picking up a book written by someone who obviously knows nothing about you, yet is so presumptuous as to imply that you will soon be reading about your life?”
Scot then assures me that it is a valid question, and one that he will do his best to answer. He tells me that this book is primarily about his own life, but he wants to show the reader that his life is nothing more or less than our life from a different perspective. Although he admits that it is an versimplification of what appears to be a play on words and hard to believe, he still claims to believe it is true. Spooner attempts to cover too much information in only 89 pages.
He acknowledges authors that have had an influence on his theory like M. Scott Peck and Dale Carnegie. These are revered authors I have read and studied. Scot Spooner takes a very different and unique approach from his influential authors. His life has been quite colorful and unique to himself. Common to most of us, he grew up in a very human family that both struggled and thrived. Like me, he entered the military life at age 17 after surviving family alcohol abuse. However, that is where I think his life and my life went two different paths.
The chapters are very short and not very complicated. Scot is a seventeen-year veteran of the US Army, fourteen of which were spent as a Green Beret assigned to Special Forces. He does not use proven research from the fields of psychology, theology or medicine for his assumptions or opinions. I applaud his optimism and zeal for life in the face of difficult struggles and addictions.
Scot impressed me with the chapter that he almost didn’t write. In chapter twenty-five on page 83, his last chapter called My Journey, My God, Scot writes his longest chapter and most meaningful words. He wrote it from his heart. Since he was more restrained in his opinions, and humbled in speaking of the God he loved, this reader was able to enjoy this vulnerable aspect of a combat veteran. We were allowed to be silent in the mystery as he wrestled and shared his understanding of his God who was communicating with him and accepting him as he was, through and through.
And so our paths came full circle. Your Life is not My Life. However, your life and my life have many similarities. Let us honor, revere and celebrate our differences and commonalities. Let us also continue to seek the answers for ourselves and find our own truth—no one else’s. (P 89)
Reviewed by: Ron Camarda (2012)