BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Hope, Strength and Courage: With Stories in Medicine Training and the Atypical Sibling Rivalry by Kathryn Lee


Hope, Strength and Courage: With Stories in Medicine Training and the Atypical Sibling Rivalry

by Kathryn Lee

GENRE: Autobiography - Medical and Family

This book has been a self-reflective journey of a medical doctor as an ordinary person going through ordinary life's ups and downs. In epistolary form, its articles were written during the special time of her first year of training to become a general practitioner/family physician, including making the tough decision to give up hospital specialist training, "withdrawing" from fast-paced hospital work, transitioning to working from a metropolitan hospital to a rural community clinic, witnessing and getting used to a younger sibling's growing up, and being independent from a close and loving family. Some also feature a promotion of the author's new academic career at the start of the COVID 19 pandemic and how it was perceived. The book shows a journey of love, strength, perseverance, purpose and encouragement. Lots of anecdotes, lots of stories, lots of quotes. With love and respect.

Exclusive Excerpt:

I discovered a great method to use for nearly all circumstances— the zeroing method! Indeed, I am quite excited about this idea and it might well turn into a New York Times bestseller if I write a book on it. I woke up yesterday morning, and the thought suddenly came to me that, in order not to take things for granted, we can ‘zero’ in on other days and alternative settings in order to compare what is happening now with what happened then. ‘Zeroing’ is about having a grateful mindset. It is about not begrudging others. Instead, we can choose to ‘zero’ and not carry emotional baggage. It is about living life, making decisions we don’t regret, and standing up after failures, because we ‘zero’ and try again. It is about having an open heart and accommodating differences, bringing us closer as humans. It is about making progress on a large scale, gaining perspective on things, bringing ourselves down to earth and not being cocky. There are many applications for this. My example is, as I woke up yesterday, I was so grateful that I have such an amazing environment to live in, safety, comfort, family, security, and God. I hope you can try this out and see if it helps a bit. I know you will.

I received an advance review copy for free and am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you Kathryn Lee and Goddess Fish Promotions. I'm excited to be a part of this tour. Now onto my review! 

I enjoyed this authentic memoir and following Kathryn on her journey from fast-paced hospital work to metropolitan hospital to rural community clinic. Told from the experience only someone who has experienced this life, I learned a great deal about the realities of being a physician. The strength and conviction of following her heat while learning to accept that her sibling is growing up. I also like how she described her separation from family of origin to independent adult. Filled with highs and lows that all of face as we transition from academic preparation to the real world. I empathize with the author and identify with several of the stories shared.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a memoir told from the heart. Her ability to share the vulnerabilities she faced with humor and love proves how strong she and the courage shown as she finds her true purpose in life.

Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kay Li is a medical doctor. A Christian. A daughter. A sister. A student in life university. An ordinary person in an extraordinary world.





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  1. I really like the cover and look forward to reading more.


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