Good Life to Perfection Perception

An Autobiography

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
293 Pages
Reviewed on 02/25/2020
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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.

Rabia Tanveer

Good Life to Perfection Perception: An Autobiography by Karl Lorenz Willett is the story of the author trying to make sense of his life. Living with a mental illness is not easy and fighting that illness is even more difficult. Karl Lorenz Willett shares his story as to how he lives his life the best he can, not looking for perfection but looking for that balance that allows him to reach his full potential. From finding the perfect balance between medications, staying motivated, times when he loses control over his life, managing his finances and getting back on his feet, the author shares everything he goes through and how he goes through it. He shares how finding God helped him, how he tried to research to become better and what kind of “therapies” aren’t working for him.

Good Life to Perfection Perception is such a personal book. I am in awe of Karl Lorenz Willett for sharing something like this with the general public. It takes a special kind of courage to share such private information and do such a good job of it as well. I believe that representation is very important, especially for mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia. I think reading this book will give courage to people who are suffering in any capacity to do better, to do what they want, and know that they are not alone in their experiences. The author says he is “addicted to doing the right thing” and somehow he is doing it. By sharing his experiences, his struggles and his triumphs, he shows that he doesn’t allow anything to hold him back in life.

The prose will make you stop and appreciate it. The narrative is powerful because it has been infused with the author’s personal experiences and emotions. I enjoyed reading this book because it allowed me to see myself in a better light, understand myself and appreciate myself for who I am. This is a wonderful book, one that will allow you to explore yourself and enjoy the life you have because no matter what hardships you have, it is still yours and it is beautiful.

Christian Sia

Good Life to Perfection Perception: An Autobiography by Karl Lorenz Willett is an unusual autobiography and a work that will appeal to readers who are interested in psychology and those who want to unravel the inner workings of the mind. This author takes readers into the dark regions of his mind and compels them to witness a healing process. The author shares his journey through chronic, debilitating symptoms of schizophrenia, what he has come to understand in the process of undergoing traditional medication and dealing with psychiatrists, and the ultimate discovery of the workings of the mind and the uncharted regions of the mind. Readers will understand the effects of anti-psychotic medication on the author and how he’s had to deal with it over the years.

While this book mostly focuses on Karl Lorenz Willett's healing journey, it offers powerful insights on a variety of subjects including his views on Christianity, the understanding of the role of Jesus as a symbol of love and truth, and the author’s unique beliefs on life, truth, and religion. Themes of illness, family, friendship, healing, and psychic exploration are littered throughout the book, some intensely developed, while others come across as specks in the author’s mind. The author also speaks about the mind’s eye, the shifts in consciousness, and unlocking intuition and psychic ability. Good Life to Perfection Perception: An Autobiography is not your ordinary book, and from the start, the author explains that it is unedited, which makes for a challenge for readers who are looking for fluidity in writing and for prose that is polished. But there are interesting things readers will want to know as they step into the mind of this author.

K.C. Finn

Good Life to Perfection Perception: An Autobiography is a work of non-fiction in the memoir format which was penned by author Karl Lorenz Willett. Following on from the insightful and intriguing The Memoir of a Schizophrenic, Willett returns to continue the tale of his life’s trials and tribulations, presenting an engaging raw truth. After struggling to decipher his identity, we now follow the author on a journey in which he must forge ahead to build a future that includes acknowledgment of his mental illness, and we hear authentic stories of life experiences, thoughts, and philosophies as he moves forward in his quest to do good in life.

Author Karl Lorenz Willett presents his autobiographical work in both an uncensored and unedited form, which is both a blessing and a curse to the book overall. On the one hand, the loquacious wordplay, complex grammar and intricate philosophy which is on display really give an accurate state of the author’s stream of consciousness whilst writing, which is a truly unique viewpoint on Paranoid Schizophrenia that those familiar with the condition may find intriguing to decipher. The style, however, also makes the reading experience quite difficult and the logic harder to follow, so it will require readers who can put the work in order to relish the truthful experiences and thoughts of the author. Overall, Good Life to Perfection Perception: An Autobiography presents a necessary voice for the author and those like him and results in a hopeful and inspiring message to all who seek strength.

Vincent Dublado

Good Life to Perfection Perception by Karl Lorenz Willett is a thought-provoking narrative that caters to readers with a penchant for a stream of consciousness-style autobiography. This book may well be a creative outlet and self-therapy for Mr. Lorenz who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. In this book, he invites us to experience his first-person account of the malady that besets him and how it could serve as a historic guide into the core of our being. He presents his writing in its original, unadulterated version that is free from editorial directives. He has self-edited his own life story to ensure that it delivers the message he wants to convey. This autobiography serves threefold: to trace the anatomy of his schizophrenia that led to his gradual recovery, to explore the depths of the human psyche, and as an exercise in creative therapy.

Karl Lorenz Willett writes with raw emotion. He writes with uninhibited discourses on psychology, philosophy, and relationships. He claims that Good Life to Perfection Perception allows him to better reflect on his moral fiber and the world around him. At times, this narrative exercise elicits negative and disturbing expressions, but he does not get confused between story and fact. He is poetic and articulate. His downright honesty about his perceptions on subjects like religion, prescription drugs, conservation, and the limits of medical science makes for an interesting study on the workings of a schizophrenic mind struggling to recover. This autobiography deserves a space on the shelves of therapists. Good Life to Perfection Perception is therapeutic writing that behooves us to overcome our own challenges.