~Written by Keith Maginn
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.
Turning This Thing Around is a moving account of the author's life and his inspiring quest to overcome a combination of personal challenges.
Readers are given a first hand look into the life of Keith Maginn as he details his thoughts, feelings, and various attempts to "cure" his problems. Eventually, Keith meets Mary and they fall deeply in love. Mary struggles heavily with mental illness and although Mary and Keith believe their love will be enough to see them through, it is the ending of their relationship which starts Keith on a path to healing.
I liked the open and honest nature of Keith's story. I found his struggles compelling and the fact that he forged ahead even when things looked bleak reminded me that we all have the will to survive.
On the road to recovery, Keith has learned a great deal and continues to be enlightened everyday. In an attempt to give others hope, he shares his ordeal and the steps he has taken to ensure he, and others, enjoy a life full of good health and happiness. I recommend picking up a copy of Turning This Thing Around. Available on Amazon.
Keith Maginn was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the youngest of four kids. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as an Evans Scholar. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Keith relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, to work for AmeriCorps (a service organization like the Peace Corps, but within the United States) and for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity.
Keith recently moved back to Cincinnati after living nearly ten years in Tennessee. He likes to be around family and friends and has eight nieces and nephews that he adores. He loves playing and watching many sports and also enjoys live music, writing, meditation, yoga and reading.
In February 2011, Keith self-published, TURNING THIS THING AROUND, an inspiring self-help memoir about overcoming struggles. He then self-published GOODWILL TOUR: PAYING IT FORWARD in January 2013, which details a road-trip that he went on with a friend around the southeastern United States. The pair gave money to deserving strangers, who then had to choose someone else to receive the money. (Both nonfiction books are available in paperback and e-book on Amazon.com or at keithmaginn.com.) Keith hopes GOODWILL TOUR will be his second book of many more to come. He feels writing is his life's purpose and that he has a message to share that will help others.
Five things about the author:
1. My favorite books are Tao Te Ching, On the Road, Into the Wild, The Alchemist and The Motorcycle Diaries. My favorite authors are Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck and Paulo Coelho.
2. Driving around the country in a small RV or Airstream trailer for a few months tops my bucket list.
3. My biggest pet peeves are arrogance and inconsiderateness.
4. The Dalai Lama is the person that I would most like to meet.
5. I enjoy a wide range of music (Pearl Jam, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Band of Horses, Johnny Cash, Dave Matthews Band, Hank Williams, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley, Kings of Leon, Waylon Jennings, The Black Keys, Jack Johnson, The Script, Mumford & Sons, Tim McGraw...). The two best written songs ever: "Imagine" by John Lennon and "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.