Book Review: Turning this Thing Around, Keith Maginn

Turning this Thing Around



Turning this Thing Around, Keith Maginn

Summary from

“Turning This Thing Around is an inspiring memoir of overcoming personal struggles. This brutally honest, deeply personal account of redemption takes readers on a moving spiritual journey.

Confronted with a myriad of obstacles–a debilitating arthritic disease, narcolepsy, anxiety and depression–the author was outwardly happy, but inwardly miserable. Pushed to the lowest point of his life, Maginn shares how he gradually turned things around and used his experiences to grow as a person.

Supplemented by heartfelt poetry by the author and with quotes from Gandhi to Dr. Wayne Dyer to Eckhart Tolle, Turning This Thing Around has universal themes that speak to nearly everyone, as we all must face challenges as part of being human. It is a self-help memoir of sorts: the author discusses not only what he overcame, but also how he did so–and how others can, too. 

Unlike many popular memoirs on the market, this is a story that more people can relate to. Maginn was not raised in an eccentric family (Jeannette Walls in The Glass Castle, memoirs by Augusten Burroughs), nor did he travel to Italy, India and Indonesia, as Elizabeth Gilbert did in Eat, Pray, Love. Rather, Turning This Thing Around is a story of a normal young man’s resiliency when battling extraordinary circumstances.”

Clinical Depression…

I have Depression, this is not an easy thing to say, it’s not something one wants to admit – even when (clinically) diagnosed, they still fight it tooth and nail.

I also have anxiety – that just makes the depression that much worst

For anyone with depression and anxiety merely talking about it can be difficult enough, never mind putting your struggles out there for the world to read about.  It’s just unheard of.  Not something anyone truly wants to talk about, mental illness is hidden from the public eye – it becomes a private battle.  Keith Maginn puts his struggles right out there for the world to see, he talks about it with a level of honesty that sometimes will make the reader go “seriously? Um ok”  But it’s that level of honesty that causes us to connect with him on a more personal level, the reader can relate to his struggles.  As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety (thankfully now medicated) I felt for him, I understood Mary’s disease about as well as one can, while each individual’s process of coping and healing is different – on some level I understood.

A well written memoir of the caliber to pull the reader in from the beginning captivates the audience with powerful , meaningful, and inspirational quotes and passages, many of which I’ve borrowed for my own blog, highlight the authors’ journey, sometimes better explaining his through process and feelings much better than one sometimes can on their own.  The only downside I found to reading this memoir was that it seemed a tad unorganized, not sure if the author was going for a chronological telling of his story, or if he was all over the place in his thought processes.  That aside, this memoir will pull at your heart strings and keep the reader engaged from the first word on the first page.  Something I will highly recommend to anyone struggling with anxiety, depression and any other mental illness they deal with alone.

Keith Maginn:

Authors Amazon Page is here

**I received a copy of this book from the author who found me on in exchange for an honest review**

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