Review of the first chapter alone
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I read the first chapter of your book, and this is solely a review on it.
First of all, I like how you opened it with a prayer. It's a unique way of starting a book, and draws the reader in. You certainly spent a lot of time describing the dog, which is fine, as I assume the dog plays an important role in your therapeutic journey. However, I feel that, since this is supposed to be a self-help book, you should probably focus a little more on how exactly the dog helped you in the first chapter so that the readers get a sense of how you were able to heal. That way, it will leave them with the thought of, "since they were able to get help, maybe I can, too." The dog is fine, as from what I gather, it's what helped you with your healing, though maybe you should focus a little more on your feelings here and your state of mind, and how they changed once you got the dog, rather than what the dog looks like.
You have an interesting writing style, and I do like how it seems a bit like a blog. It gives you a sense of connection with the readers, which is good if you're reaching out to them. I would like to know more about this Guru and his role of helping you in your journey. How did you get to know him? What made you want to ask him for help? Why did he decide to give you the dog? Do you think other people will benefit from consulting gurus or other spiritual people as well? What advice did the Guru give you?
I'm sure all this information is revealed later on, but some of it should be implemented in the beginning. Perhaps this could be the first chapter, though you could have an introduction about the benefits of self-help before chapter one, so your readers will have a clearer image of what you would like them to know.
All the best,