Verdict: THE QUEST WITHIN ME will inspire anyone who has looked for happiness in all the wrong places. Davis reminds us that we are ultimately responsible for our own happiness.
9781452567440Like so many of us, Daniel C. Davis wants to find happiness, direction and inner peace. Davis first looks to his military career to fulfill him, and excels. Davis was a rising star in the Air Force, yet he felt an indescribable numbness inside. Davis turns next to love, hoping that being the perfect boyfriend and making his girlfriend happy will lead to true, everlasting bliss. So, Davis moves from Ohio to Maryland with his girlfriend and enrolls in college.
When Davis and his girlfriend split up shortly after the big move, Davis finds himself truly alone. This aloneness forces Davis to reflect deeply, ask difficult questions, and continue on his quest within. It is from August 2011 to May 2013 that Davis will learn more about himself than he ever knew his entire life. The reason? A series of epiphanies that prove that the happiness you seek comes from only one source – within yourself.
This memoir could have benefitted from a little more depth, more details. For example, the way Davis and his father dissolve years of unresolved conflict seems too easy, too simple. Throughout the book, Davis offers a lot of inspirational quotes, including one from Kung Fu Panda 2, “Maybe your beginning was not the best. That is not important. What is important is who you choose to be now.” The quotes add a nice touch, but when Davis shares what is most personal, THAT is what resonates loudest.
THE QUEST WITHIN ME will inspire anyone who has looked for happiness in all the wrong places. Davis reminds us that we are ultimately responsible for our own happiness.
Reviewed by Lucy Wang for IndieReader