Review of From Misery to Hope by Robert Palmer and Kary Youman

Robert was a musician with considerable fame and achievements spanning over 40 years. However, he suffered from bipolar disorder, and used illegal drugs to deal with the pain.

Then he died. He returned from clinical death a changed person, as so often happens, but also, the drugs and suffering continued, until he became obsessed with suicide. Out of his mind with despair, he attempted to kill himself in, let us say, an unwise way by entering someone else’s apartment uninvited.

As is the terrible way of the so-called justice system, he was locked up in jail — punishment before guilt was established — but this turned into a blessing: he became the spiritual mentor of perhaps 1000 suffering souls, some criminals, some, like him innocent but waiting for a trial.

The horrific, detailed picture of life in a jail should be an eye-opener. No matter what a person has done, no one should be placed in hell like Robert has described. Besides, time and again, he found, and showed the reader, that outward violence is a result of inner pain. Would it not be better for society to help a sufferer to deal with the pain, or, even better, to change our culture to eliminate its causes?

This is a story of despair transforming into enlightenment and service from the heart.

If Robert could become a spiritual leader in jail, maybe you can also surmount the difficulties of your life and grow into a better person? His story certainly invites me to do my best.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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