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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Hatched: How Nine Little Chicks Cracked My Shell by Sharon Wallen is an inspirational memoir and self-help guide in which the author walks a reader through the moments in her marriage and in her life that drained her cup and left her feeling empty, and the moment in which that same cup slowly began to refill with positivity. The metaphor Wallen employs isn't actually a cup, but a very real project where she nurtured chickens, chicks, and eggs. Over the course of twelve distinct and interconnected parts, Wallen provides a profoundly honest emotional evolution and the sweet, fascinating care of her feathered friends that restored light in her soul and a renewed focus on the trajectory of a life she was committed to living well from here on out. “Here is an absolute truth: We are born to be creators, to rule the roost of our reality, to shine brightly.”
It takes a great deal of courage for someone to put the most difficult hurdles of their life out into the universe, but Sharon Wallen does exactly that in Hatched: How Nine Little Chicks Cracked My Shell. The book begins with an admission that is particularly brave given the potential for genuine blowback, then the feeling of her deserving the crushing let-downs that came her way. Of course, she was not deserving, and neither are any of us as we navigate our own paths, but it was enlightening to see it on paper. And then, the chickens come into her life. Oh...the chickens! Life lessons learned by fluffy little chicks, such as noticing the details and being wholly present in the moment with the focus of a chicken, the importance of conscious living found at the dinner table, and how the strut of a rooster teaches an observer how to live large. This is such a wonderful, heartfelt book that I am certain will resonate with all who take the proactive and positive step toward reading it.