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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In Good Life to Perfection Perception by Karl Lorenz Willett, following on from his first book, The Memoir of a Schizophrenic, the author takes up his life from the age of 34 to the present day. In this second autobiography, we are invited into the author's deepest subconscious thoughts as he battles with everyday stresses of life which impede his condition. We follow his desperate need to reduce his medication so he can live a long, prosperous and peaceful life. The author covers many relevant subjects throughout, such as religion and how people can use it for good or evil acts around the world. What drives some people to execute acts of terrorism which instill a sense of fear into humanity while others are Good Samaritans who want to make the world a better place? Follow his journey as he battles with government bureaucracy and health professionals to gain the support he needs and ensures his illness does not become a life sentence. We also experience his stay in a psychiatric hospital and his optimistic plan of action towards his ultimate goal of peace and happiness.
Good Life to Perfection Perception by Karl Lorenz Willett is a very insightful book into the thoughts and mindset of a person living with schizophrenia. I not only admired his brutal honesty regarding his illness but his perception of the world in general. To achieve the completion of two novels, considering his battle with concentration, headaches and other ailments, is a great testimony to his strength of character. His views on religion were so profound: 'There are things in the Bible that have no archaeological evidence, and the stories are being said in parables or are metaphors to teach us something about the human spirit of God within and our soul'. His true character really shone through. I found his whole outlook towards his recovery quite inspiring. Although he seemed to be battling outward challenges of health professionals and inward ones of distorted framing of situations, he was determined to turn his life around. He knew the changes he had to make such as reframing his view on many situations and had a plan of action to achieve it. The author has an amazing outlook on living life with integrity while improving the effects of his illness. A great read.