Explosions of Joy

A Memoir of the Grief Counselor for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Non-Fiction - Biography
202 Pages
Reviewed on 08/15/2018
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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Explosions of Joy: A Memoir of the Grief Counselor for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 by Paul Yin and Trina Kraus is the story of a grief counselor — gritty, atmospheric, and laced with humanity. In this narrative, Paul Yin and debut author Trina Kraus take readers on Paul’s journey from working as a motel custodian to taking a major in psychology in the US, a course that wasn’t taught in Chinese universities, to becoming a beacon of hope to victims of crisis situations. Readers will understand the challenges he faced breaking ground in this new discipline and having to make his voice heard back home and in a culture that is diametrically different from Western psychology. On his return to China, Paul Yin got involved with victims of numerous crisis situations, including the SARS, the Sichuan earthquake, and the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 when he gained international recognition as the voice of the voiceless.

The narrative is impassioned and atmospheric, laced with Paul’s humorous voice that allows both his intelligence and human qualities to come out in the story. His pioneering work of starting the Employee Assistance Program is vividly captured in the story. Readers will be inspired by this man’s work, his humanity, his drive, and the fire that pushes him on. There is also a thoughtfulness in Paul Yin’s writing that brings out an inspiring and motivational message, a message of hope, and a powerful call to readers to give their dreams a chance. Coupled with the gift of insight, the experience of living, and the ability to communicate in an engaging and lighthearted manner, this author shares the gift of giving and compels readers to step beyond themselves and discover compassion, love, and the joy of service in their work. Explosions of Joy: A Memoir of the Grief Counselor for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is a moving homage to victims of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight and an inspirational journey that will compel any reader to seek their own path to humanity. It is as enlightening as it is inspiring.