Book Reviews

Beautiful Chaos Review

Beautiful Chaos

By Tracey Koehler

Independently published

Sept, 2021

121 pages

$23.30 Paperback

ISBN -13: 979-8460021765

Book reviewed by Kavita Khajuria

“Longing for freedom, I let go of my self-bound chains..”

Beautiful Chaos is a chapbook of hope, possibility and self-discovery. Delightful immersions in nature resonate with beauty, healing and compassion. Contemplations on moving forward include the courage to step into the unknown – while insightful reflections include the necessity of boundaries stemming from the giving of compassion at the cost of self-esteem. Other themes include self-validation and perseverance. Reference to the importance of listening with gentle pleas for patience and empathy invoke curiosity as to the experiences and challenges of the mental illnesses themselves, given her reference to bipolar depression, PTSD and a history of abuse.