For full disclosure: I’d originally reached out to Andreas Michaelides of Thirsty4Health for a review of my own book Fairie Lights and Empty Houses. He is listed as a book reviewer on The Indie View, a great website if you’re looking for readers, reviewers and authors of indie works. He suggested we do a book exchange, so this is my review of his book My Weight Loss Journey: How I lost 44 pounds and never gained them back using a plant based diet.
Also, he had sent me a version of the book that hadn’t been edited yet, so this review is based on that.
Michaelides’ book is genuine and comes from real-life experience—qualities necessary to convince a reader about the legitimacy of the information presented. I’ve personally never had problems with my own weight, but I still received a good basic education on nutrition that I find myself wanting to implement into my own life because of the conversational and empathetic tone of Michaelides’ writing. He has a very good grasp of his intended audience and assures readers throughout the book that he’s been through what they’re currently going through; he knows their struggle. He speaks from a place of experience but doesn’t have the lofty, clinical tone of more removed professionals, and that is one way he convinces readers to listen to his writings and even spark a change in their lives.
I could appreciate that Michaelides really wants to help his readers. He provided a good mix of information on a variety of aspects of nutrition and linked to a lot of great articles and websites that no doubt are truly beneficial to readers. He is realistic about goal-setting, and is authentic about the whole process. I especially liked that he was adamant that losing weight isn’t an easy journey, but rather “gradual and adventurous”. That specific word “adventurous” perfectly balances the struggle and rewards of the weight-loss journey.
His book really has the greatest intentions, which is definitely shown in how he hopes his readers will not be “believers”, but “philosophers”. He really stresses his hopes that his readers don’t just take him for his word; he implores readers to be constantly proactive in improving their own knowledge about nutrition and to corroborate his own findings with their own readings. That graceful attitude is what will gain Michaelides readers.
Unfortunately, in the version I read, all of these great points were buried under poor editing. Abundant grammatical and spelling errors, and awkward sentence structure distracted my enjoyment of the self-help book and negatively impacted my perception of the professionalism of this book. However, it appears that the version he has available for sale is properly edited and proofread. I did not personally read that latest version, but Michaelides tells me that all the information is the same except for proofreading. So, I suspect that will be a much more elegant read.
3.5 out of 5 stars.