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Reviewed by Jackie O'Neal for Readers' Favorite
"Loving Conor: A Clairvoyant’s Memoir on Loving, Bonding, and Healing" by Tami Urbanek begins dramatically by relating the trials and tribulations of an early marriage plagued by domestic abuse, alcoholism and the struggle to self-actualize. I felt Urbanek executed emotional truth on the written page as she recounts a nearly untenable situation - raising a child as a single mother with limited resources. I'm sure many readers who have traveled a similar road will be affected emotionally by Urbanek's vivid revelations about how she survived multiple break-ups and false starts. I found it remarkable how Urbanek writes with compassion about having personally repeated similar patterns in her choice of relationships and lifestyle. What she describes with insight is redolent of what Freud termed obsession with repetition. But her courage to overcome is evident throughout the book.
I believe the book will serve as an inspiration to readers seeking to find a way out of crisis. It seems to me Urbanek's strength as a writer is her masterful ability to be able to weave several powerful themes into the narrative - the triumph over adversity, and the discovery of one's full human potential. I thought the deeply spiritual element of the book is fascinating. Urbanek conveys to the reader the development of her psychic ability. This was the beginning of finding her life's work in pursuing the practice of Life Energy Flow Tai Yi. As the daughter of a working medium, she was well-versed and rooted in psychic phenomena. Seekers of truth will appreciate the knowledge shared.