Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review: One Glorious Ambition by Jane Kirkpatrick

One Glorious Ambition is a fictionalized novel about Dorothea Dix’s life, which starts with the year 1814, during a time when she is taking care of her brother. Dorothea is not like most ladies of her day and age. While most of them appear to be receptive to or pursuing marriage she has students, hurting people, and writing on her mind. Dorothea experiences setbacks but they often have a way of making her stronger. She even isn’t afraid to approach someone (like a government official) to try to make changes for the unfortunate people in society, which is difficult for women of her day to accomplish.

Dorothea’s story showed me that she was an activist and a reformer who was willing to change the course she was following to help people who needed it, most often people who needed help more than others. She seemed to see their hearts and feel their pain in ways that others could not. It made me think about whether the care has gotten worse or better in the mental health area since Dorothea’s reform efforts took place, who is stepping up to support people who need mental health reform services of our day and age, and if there is enough support for those reformers.

I believe that this book will encourage people to step forward for people who do not have a voice or much of a voice in today’s society, not just people who suffer with mental illnesses but also other people who are going through unfortunate times such as poverty, isolation, physical illnesses, and various losses.

I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

More About One Glorious Ambition:

Excerpt from One Glorious Ambition:

One Glorious Ambition Podcast (Interview with Jane Kirkpatrick)

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