My Life Is Art
11 Pillars for a Positive and Purposeful Life
by Emmanuel Jal
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Pub Date 05 Dec 2023 | Archive Date 21 Sep 2023
Catapult, Counterpoint Press, and Soft Skull Press, Counterpoint
“Who owns your mind?” Beginning with this provocative question, Emmanuel Jal invites readers to claim ownership over the narratives that define their lives in order to become a force for good in the world.
As a child growing up in South Sudan, Jal witnessed atrocities perpetrated against his family and community. These actions drove him to become a child soldier in a vicious civil war. Hunger, isolation, and the ever-present specter of death in battle attended his every moment. Yet his greatest challenge did not come from outside; it arose from within, from the corrosive nature of hopelessness, trauma, and narratives of victimization.
Rather than succumb to these forces of negativity, Jal turned his life’s challenges into opportunities by utilizing a comprehensive framework he developed around eleven pillars of support. These pillars can be utilized individually or as a unit to help build a durable internal structure that allows anyone to overcome adversity, regain joy and gratitude, and live a life of purpose that enriches the greater community.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MY LIFE IS ART
“Emmanuel is a truly remarkable man with a story that is equal parts heartbreaking, powerful, and inspiring. The lessons Emmanuel has gained in the most devastating of circumstances can teach us all something about the limitless possibility that lies within, as well as the power of positivity and hope.”
“I’ve known Emmanuel both on and off the stage, but this book has taken me to a new depth in understanding his remarkable life and the steps he has taken to become who he is today. His teachings have helped inspire and influence people all over the world, and I know this book will continue to add to his extraordinary impact in the world.”
“I am so lucky to call Emmanuel a friend—I have learned so much from him. He is a generous teacher and has so much unique knowledge to share with the world and approaches life with so much fun, enthusiasm, and joy.”
“Emmanuel's unique history ignites an authenticity earthed in compassion and curiosity. He goes where many fear to tread from acknowledging his violence to corporate boardrooms, the UN, and prisons. He has a gift for seeing the person, not their label, and meets any situation which he approaches with humility and openness. He goes on journeys like no other and this book will enrich all those who read it.”
—Jane Tewson CBE, Founder of Igniting Change & Co founder of Comic Relief