As one of Reedsy’s reviewers, I get advance review copies and exclusive peeks at independent publications before they go on the market.
Reproduced below is my third book review for Reedsy (completed last month and published on their site last week). It’s also the fifth “life hack” book review on my blog. (Click here for previous reviews)
Synopsis of “Man in Motion” by Alex Thomas (taken from Reedsy Review)
If you wish to peer into the minds of today’s modern man to explore and understand what they’re thinking, look no further than this book!
For the first forty years of his life, tech entrepreneur Alex Thomas focused on two things: business and family. When his marriage began to fall apart, his search for love and wisdom began.
Part memoir, part down-to-earth exploration of spirituality in an accelerating world full of loud voices, Man in Motion takes us on an unflinchingly candid journey as Alex wrestles with that age-old question: ‘hey wait, slow down – what the heck is going on here?’
My Book Review of “Man in Motion: A Suburban Tech Guy’s Journey Into Love And Wisdom”
There’s a line in the book where author Alex Thomas says: “It’s not about manifesting something in my life as much as being clear about my own truth, my deepest desire.”
For me, that poignantly summarises the thrust of this tender effort by someone on a journey towards self-discovery.
Part memoir, spiritual pilgrimage, dating/friendship manual, adulting 101, inner healing how-to, this book lets us into author Alex’s world. One with many thoughts, deep struggles and explorations of what it means to be a man. A man in search of his identity in today’s world.
Along the way, we’re introduced to the “ingredients” of what it takes to navigate what’s often the choppy waters of life. In Alex’s case, that would be two bosom buddies, his children from a previous marriage, the new love of his life Nancy, plus a session with a shaman that forever altered his perspective in ways that helped him see further than he otherwise would have.
All this while living the busy life of a high-powered executive that involves traveling and staying in places as varied as Hong Kong and Dubai, as well as Cambodia and the US.
What I liked: raw-ness and introspection
As I read, I’m struck by the level of detail Alex goes into. He helps readers like me understand just how challenging it can be for someone to figure life out. Especially during this Covid-19 pandemic times we live in.
Even more so, here is a man who’s openly sharing his struggles. He’s figuring out his life with much rawness and deep introspection. I could not help but feel drawn to more deeply reflect on my own life as well.
As a man about Alex’s age, on my own inner journey to figure life out, I can tell you it’s a relief to know I’m not alone! For that, I have to thank Man In Motion for its honesty.
Alex’s journey continues to unfold beyond the last chapter of this book. However, I know he’s received clarity and insight that came from a dogged pursuit of what life means.
A relentless persistence that assures me he will get there when the time comes.
In turn, I am filled with renewed hope. Hope that my own as yet unfinished journey as a man this century will also likewise unfold.
But only if I pursue my answers with similar persistence.