The Lovely Knowing
Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (7/11)
Mishi McCoy’s life has been filled with more than her share of troubles, as she divulges in her deeply personal, autobiographical book “The Lovely Knowing.” While even the title of just one chapter, the “Death, Divorce, and Lost Identity,” would be enough for most people to despair, those were by no means the only obstacles she encountered. Her narrative reveals somebody extremely aware of the world she is living in, the interactions among people, the consequences of even the most minute actions or inactions, and the power of our emotions. As the story progresses, the reader gains deeper insights in the workings of Ms. McCoy’s mind, and her deep belief that we all possess a gift of a deep insightful knowing, which gives us peace and enables us to live a better, richer, more fulfilling life simply by transforming it with an attitude of acceptance and gratitude. In such a way we can always be at peace with ourselves as well as with the world, and we always emerge as winners.
While I have both heard and read similar views of how our lives should be lived with gratitude before, I have to admit that “The Lovely Knowing” touched me deeply due to the extremely personal and courageous way in which Ms. McCoy was willing to share her story with the world. I admire her courage and her resilience, as well as her desire to share the lessons learned with the world. I can’t even begin to imagine how tough it was for her to put down on paper her feelings and thoughts about certain events, most notably her son Justin’s accident and her father’s death. Even the much smaller incidents, such as the encounter with the snake, must have required a fair amount of fortitude, and that is certainly something Ms. McCoy does not lack. Having said that, I wish I could have given this book more than three stars, but in my opinion I could not judge the story alone, but the finished product and its delivery.
“The Lovely Knowing” suffers from the bane of most self-published books – lack of editing and proofreading. I wish I would not have to repeat myself so often on this particular subject, but it seems to be all too prevalent. While I could have overlooked the proofreading issues to some degree, the style of writing made it quite difficult to follow the story at times. In a book as emotionally charged as this one, a helping hand of an impartial editor would have been invaluable. It must be difficult, if not impossible, for an author to edit their narrative properly, while he or she is so emotionally involved and enmeshed with the story. This invariably leads to convoluted sentences, incorrect use of certain words, confusing punctuation and other issues. Since I do believe that the message of this book should be heard and understood by more people, I wish that Ms. McCoy would fix such issues in the future.