You Are Your Own Soul Mate
to Yourself, Iris Krasnow explores through narratives and interviews
the journey one needs to take in order to find themselves. This
book is meant to help people find their own “soul child”
and find the inner strength that we all have deep inside us.
This book is divided into three
1. “Who are you?”
2. “Who do you want to be?”
3. “Surrender to yourself.”
section titled “Who are you?” deals with the “rebirth”
that takes place after a life-altering discovery is made, like cancer
or HIV or a conflict arises that changes everything and everyone
that it involves.
section that deals with the question “Who do you want to be?”
explores what a person needs, emotionally, to find themselves. There
is even a suggestion about starting a journal or diary to help with
sorting out the process of living, day-to-day.
to Yourself is the section that tells you to “get naked
with yourself” and see the person that you are. The reader
could either take this metaphorically or literally, but the author
herself speaks about how she gets “naked with herself”
in a very enlightening way and states that “…we need
to quit lying in the quest to know ourselves.”
book covers every emotion and stage a human goes through in his
or her lifetime– from birth, gain, death, and loss--through
the voices and stories of real people who have turned around on
the path they’re walking long enough to see where they’ve
been and see how that path has shaped them into the kind of person
they find under their skin. It shows that those emotions all lead
back to surrendering to yourself and celebrating that knowledge
that you have of who you are.
Krasnow says this is the last book in the “surrendering”
trilogy. The first two are Surrendering to Motherhood and
Surrendering to Marriage.
like this book. It has amazing stories of love, loss, and discovery
that are told by Krasnow and others in their quest to find who they
really are as people. I took the section about “getting naked
with yourself” to be metaphorical, but it, as well as this
entire book, is so well-written that its beauty is truly “in
the eye of the beholder.” I definitely recommend this book.