I just finished reading an advance copy of Paul Noiles’ amazing book, and it’s AWESOME!
I met Paul on social media and loved his expressive and honest writing. After discovering we shared recovery from addiction, we started reading one another’s blogs and posts. When Paul mentioned he was writing a book, I jumped at the chance to encourage another writer to take on such a great challenge.
My Review of Mistaken Identity
Soon, Paul sent me a manuscript which was full of heart and wisdom; but, like so many early drafts of brilliant books, it needed editing and tightening. My good friend (and the editor of my book) Anita LeBlanc (at TheWriteWord.com) worked on Paul’s manuscript, and I’m so happy to see that it’s finally ready for prime time!
I’ve read several books about addiction, but this one is much much more than that! Although Paul tells his story of recovery beautifully, the book’s greatest gift is how it leads us to discover the light of our true being.
Noiles believes that addiction is caused by deep emotional pain that creates an unlovable “mistaken identity.” Through recovery, gifted mentors, meditation, and a variety of spiritual practices, we grow into our “true identity” to be a beacon of love in this world.
Paul’s use of experts, research, personal stories, and transformative practices make for a fascinating read about addiction, rebirth, and joyful living. I highly recommend it!
An Excerpt: Ego vs. Love
Here’s one of my favorite excerpts from Mistaken Identity. I love it because it depicts the choice we can make between ego (fear, self-centeredness, dishonesty, resentment) and love (soul, peace, compassion, care).
As you probably know by now, my constant goal is to reduce ego’s influence and increase love’s influence in every aspect of life. Paul’s book offers such inspiration and guidance for our spiritual journey to the best center of our selves.
“Ego seeks to serve itself. Soul seeks to serve others.
Ego seeks outward recognition. Soul seeks inner authenticity.
Ego sees life as a competition. Soul sees life as a gift.
Ego seeks to preserve self. Soul seeks to preserve others.
Ego looks outward. Soul looks inward.
Ego feels lack. Soul feels abundance.
Ego is mortal. Soul is eternal.
Ego is drawn to lust. Soul is drawn to love.
Ego seeks wisdom. Soul is wisdom.
Ego enjoys the prize. Soul enjoys the process.
Ego is the cause to pain. Soul is the cause of healing.
Ego rejects God [Spirit]. Soul embraces God [Spirit].
Ego is me. Soul is we.”
From Mistaken Identity, The Sacred Journey from Addiction to Awakening, by Paul Noiles.
PAUL NOILES is a unique teacher who believes all addictions are about the pain of not liking and knowing our innate truth and our solution – an awakening of consciousness. He writes with depth, uncomplicated clarity, courage, vulnerability, and honesty rarely seen in the world today. His raw, intimate sharing of his experiences restores hope for many in the grips of addiction. Paul is not aligned with any particular religion or tradition.
Gigi Langer has been sober 34 years, and holds a PhD in Psychological Studies in Education from Stanford University. Formerly crowned the “Queen of Worry,” Gigi resigned her post many years ago and now lives happily in Michigan with her husband, Peter and her cat, Murphy.