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A dark journey into the light by [Smith, Josef]
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A Dark Journey Into The Light is an interesting and thought provoking read for anyone who has questioned urges and desires familiar to us all. I spent sixty years of my life in “limbo” trying to understand what was driving me to explore every fantasy I could find. We all enjoy sex but the book provides interesting insights into the workings of the mind of a sex addict. We are much more than what we feel, and less than what we think. This book explores what is possible when we find balance between the two. This is not a story of finding redemption through “finding God”. It’s simply the story of finding myself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2999 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Indie (17 September 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #382,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I picked up this book with some trepidation, as it is not among the genres I normally read. However, a friend highly recommended it, said it would ‘stretch my mind’. Well, he was right.

I thought it would be a dark and disturbing read, but instead I found it fascinating. The deeper I delved into the author’s world, the more I found myself feeling a huge amount of compassion for him, and for the people in his world. For so much of his life he was trapped within his desires, yet he had the courage to dare to find the way out…the ‘light’ in the title.

The world of BDSM, trannies and mistresses depicted was completely foreign to me. However, I did what my friend suggested and allowed my mind to be stretched.

I liked the fact that the author is entirely unapologetic about his life. He knows the content of his book is potentially offensive to many, but then since when, in a democracy, has that been cause for an author to keep his mouth shut? That is censorship. He suggests that our world is too politically correct, to the point where no matter what we say, we are always bound to offend someone. He warns very early in the book that, “This book is not for the prudish or faint-hearted,” and suggests that “if you like your reality painted over and sugar-coated, then this is not for you, and I suggest you make a nice cup of tea and watch re-runs of Days of Our Lives instead.” And I agree. We have free will and freedom of choice. If we don’t like what we’re reading, no one is forcing us to persevere!

This is a book of complex themes, at once sexy, sad, quite hysterically funny in many places, and deeply moving. A further significant aspect of the book is the chronicling of the author’s gradual but complete spiritual awakening, and his philosophising. From these, it is patent that the author is a deep thinker.

A highly recommended thought-provoking read for open-minded readers.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program) 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "TURBULENT, BRUTAL, GRUELING, HEARTWARMING...JUST AMAZING!!!" 15 November 2016
By Read Between the Lines - Published on
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I am giving this a 5+ Star

Oh my goodness, this book was excellent! It was an emotional masterpiece. It was like being on a rollercoaster that you just couldn't wait to stop. Josef’s journey was an enthralling and sit on the edge of your seat captivating story of one man’s journey trying to discover one’s place and self in a world that contains any man’s desires. Those desires and urges are a driving force and can often having you living a life that you never expected. A dark Journey into the light gives us the facts of Josef’s life, yes, and also the emotions that attend the events of his life, and at the same time it gives us so so much more. It was an angsty mess at some points and you just had to continue to find out what happened. I was only going to start this book and read for a few minutes but I couldn't put it down. This is not a traditional autobiography but I guess that’s implied in the title. So some of the details about his life are hinted at but not elaborated. What's most powerful about Josef's "spiritual autobiography" is that he's not trying to manipulate the reader one way or another. It's entirely possible to be completely changed by the end and yet leave the book disagreeing with him in some areas no less than at the beginning. He doesn't expect his readers to agree with him, or the choices he made he's simply telling his story. And an interesting story it is. I would highly recommend this to anyone!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercy 28 March 2017
By Michal Payne MJ Payne is pen name - Published on
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Everything about SMBD you were curious about but afraid to ask. Josef leads the reader into a graphically explicit journey into his decade’s long life in the world of bondage and transgender women and his struggle with sexual addiction. He shines a blazing light into an erotic world that has been hidden and existed in the netherworld of society, whispered about and condemned and sought out in secret by more people than ever expected. This book is not like anything I have read in that it is his struggle for meaning in life while showing the reader possible reasons for delight in being whipped, humiliated and hurt in an emotional and physical desire for these encounters. The complexity of sexuality is honestly described in an unflinching narrative that will leave many readers offended or disgusted just as it will answer some questions about the hidden world of sexual feelings This book is written about consensual encounters between adults and condemns the abuse of children who do not have a place here other than his own description of the childhood experiences that could have created his powerful needs. He addresses spirituality and the continuing problems of the Catholic Church that is in the news nightly regarding child abuse. His remorse over the problems of his marriages and sexual addiction are a constant thread in this book. I review this book because of the honesty in a world that tries to muzzle people from telling the truth about their life experiences when they deal with sex and because the book is not a boring pornographic tale of sexual encounters but deals with the larger picture of humanity and the struggle regarding sex. The editor could have removed some of the lengthiness of the manuscript and times when it moves into incoherent rants. I review it for the courage it took to write what is beyond porn, satisfies the need for information regarding BDSM, and in the end points to humanity and the constant difficulty in dealing with morals, sex, and raw desire. I give it a five star for courage, not for being a literary masterpiece.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave writing on the part of the author 8 May 2017
By Dawn - Published on
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While this book is not for everyone I completely connected with the author on his path to finding and loving himself. Few of us go through the joy and agony of self discovery as Josef details but I believe that we all can relate to his story in some aspects. I applaud the author for having the courage to publish his journey to find self acceptance and love.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 7 January 2017
By Fabulous Jen - Published on
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I had a hard time getting into this book, so I could not finish it. But I am giving it a 3 star review because I think the writing is well done. The story just did not appeal to me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Josef is living a double-life and his journey will touch you! 21 October 2016
By N. N. Light - Published on
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This book must have a strong 18+ warning and is not suitable for any minor to read. Further this book is not for those with a weak stomach as parts of it may deeply offend.

Once more I have been graced with reading a tell all of a person’s life and once again, I cannot express my amazement at the bravery it takes to expose one’s life to the world’s eyes. This book was extremely well written, professionally edited and flows well for the reader. I am at a bit of a loss as to how to describe this book. It was certainly cathartic for the writer and there are plenty of good things that come from reading this book. I hope that anyone who reads this story of one man’s life comes to the understanding that whatever your healthy, consensual approach to sex is, enjoy it and be proud. The writer isn’t providing another version of 50 shades. This is a true tale of BDSM in its rawest form.

I recommend this book to all in the BDSM community. There is a lot here for them and for anyone who may have had issues coming to terms with their sexual choices and identity.

I took issue with some of the author’s statements in regards to what might happen in the world if there were no consequences for sexual assault and I categorically state he is wrong. There is a moral code that runs through the vast majority of people and it is only the few that would be intrigued by that sort of sordid opportunity.

A tough read but one that really opens one up to feelings of empathy and understanding. ‘Josef’ finally overcame a lifetime of problems that stemmed from early childhood and his journey is one that will touch a lot of people.

My Rating: 4.5 stars