A Dark Journey Into the Light by Josef Smith @lifeofjosef #BDSM #bookreview #POTLReads


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Title: A Dark Journey Into The Light

Author: Josef Smith

Genre: Memoir, BDSM, Personal Growth

 

Book Blurb:

Josef is lost in a secret world of sexual gratification, a true-life Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, unable to halt the “roller coaster of conflicting emotional extremes that never stopped long enough for me to get off.”

 

“I gave myself to that sexual playground completely, and loved every minute of it when it was happening. It was only afterwards that spikes of shame, guilt, and self-loathing would be driven deep into my heart.”

 

He traces the beginnings of his obsession to his childhood, where his natural innocent curiosity and need for exploration were at odds with his Catholic upbringing and the view of his extremely repressed mother, both of whom regarded the human body as ‘dirty’ and ‘shameful’.

 

For sixty years, Josef lived a secret double life. The only people who knew about this other life were the professional mistresses, trannies, and prostitutes with whom he indulged every conceivable sexual fantasy. No one in his ‘other’ life had any idea of who he really was or the things he did.

 

Yet his secret life claimed a terrible toll. The failure of his first marriage. The loss of his son. The loss of his beloved second wife.

 

Only after extensive therapy was he finally able to see and feel the light of compassion, and allow the healing energy of forgiveness to begin taking away the pain.

 

In his journey, Josef explores an astonishing variety of topics. In addition to sexual addiction and the hidden world of BDSM, he delves into the burden of guilt of the Catholic Church, fear, political correctness, nonjudgment, love and loss, philosophy, the soul, spiritual awakening, and healing.

 

This is the journey of an ordinary man lost in an extraordinary secret, dark world, who ultimately finds his way out of the tangled mess through the power of love and forgiveness.

 

My Review:

This book must have a strong 18+ warning and is not suitable for any minor to read.  Further this book is not for those with a weak stomach as parts of it may deeply offend.

 

Once more I have been graced with reading a tell all of a person’s life and once again, I cannot express my amazement at the bravery it takes to expose one’s life to the world’s eyes.  This book was extremely well written, professionally edited and flows well for the reader.  I am at a bit of a loss as to how to describe this book.  It was certainly cathartic for the writer and there are plenty of good things that come from reading this book.  I hope that anyone who reads this story of one man’s life comes to the understanding that whatever your healthy, consensual approach to sex is, enjoy it and be proud.  The writer isn’t providing another version of 50 shades.  This is a true tale of BDSM in its rawest form.

 

I recommend this book to all in the BDSM community.  There is a lot here for them and for anyone who may have had issues coming to terms with their sexual choices and identity.

 

I took issue with some of the author’s statements in regards to what might happen in the world if there were no consequences for sexual assault and I categorically state he is wrong.  There is a moral code that runs through the vast majority of people and it is only the few that would be intrigued by that sort of sordid opportunity.

 

A tough read but one that really opens one up to feelings of empathy and understanding.  ‘Josef’ finally overcame a lifetime of problems that stemmed from early childhood and his journey is one that will touch a lot of people.

 

My Rating:  4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LWWLGPH

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32571078-a-dark-journey-into-the-light?ac=1&from_search=true

 

Social Media Links:

Twitter https://twitter.com/lifeofjosef

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009374350287

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

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