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Knoxville Man Publishes Inspiring Memoir of Overcoming Personal Struggles

KNOXVILLE -- A local man, Keith Maginn, has published a book about his life's struggles and how he was able to turn things around.

Maginn's newly released book, Turning This Thing Around, is an inspiring memoir of overcoming personal struggles. This brutally honest, deeply personal account of redemption takes readers on a moving spiritual journey.

Confronted with a myriad of obstacles –a debilitating arthritic disease, narcolepsy, anxiety and depression– the author was outwardly happy, but inwardly miserable. Pushed to the lowest point of his life, he discusses how he gradually turned things around and used his experiences to grow as a person.

Supplemented by quotes from Gandhi to Dr. Wayne Dyer to Eckhart Tolle, Turning This Thing Around has universal themes that speak to nearly everyone, as we all must face challenges as part of being human. It is a self-help memoir of sorts: The author discusses not only what he had to overcome, but how he did so–and how others can, too.

Unlike many popular memoirs on the market, this is a story that more people can relate to. The author didn't grow up in an eccentric family (Jeannette Walls in The Glass Castle, memoirs by Augusten Burroughs), nor did he travel to Italy, India and Indonesia, as Elizabeth Gilbert did in Eat, Pray, Love. Rather, Turning This Thing Around is a story of a normal young man's resiliency when battling extraordinary circumstances.

Keith Maginn was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the youngest of four kids. He attended Miami (Ohio) University as an Evans Scholar. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, he relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, to work for AmeriCorps (a service organization like the Peace Corps, but within the U.S.). Since then, he has been working for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity.

The author loves playing and watching many sports, and also enjoys live music/concerts, writing, movies, meditation, yoga, reading and more. Maginn has been writing all his life, but Turning This Thing Around is his first attempt to be published.

Maginn is well qualified to write this book because he has lived it: this is a deeply personal self-help memoir. There are many self-help books written by psychiatrists, psychologists and so on, but the author typically has not personally lived through the hard times. "No amount of training or second-hand experience can replace actually living the events on a daily basis," said Maginn.

Maginn feels writing is his purpose and that he has a message to share which will help others. He hopes this will be his first book of many.

Published Apil 1, 2011

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