Book Review Ashes in the Ocean by Sebastian Slovin
Review by Dawn Thomas
Publisher: Nature Unplugged
Release Date: March 17, 2018
Non-Fiction, Memoir, Suicide, Family Relationships, Counseling, Psychology, Grief & Loss
The subject of mental illness does not get enough discussion. Families that are touched by suicide are never the same again. Most times, the ones left behind do not get resolution because their questions go unanswered. This is the case with Sebastian Slovin. His father, Vernon Slovin, was a well-known swimmer. To the outside world, he lived a perfect life with his wife and two small children. On the inside, however, things were far from perfect. He suffered from depression and was never satisfied. He always looked for something better but could not find it.
Sebastian discusses how his father’s suicide affected his life. Since talking about suicide was taboo, he kept his feelings to himself. As he got older, he realized he was following the same path as his father. He began associating himself with his physical attributes and did not believe he had any worth without it.
The emotions in the book are real and at times raw. Sebastian wrote this book as a way to help heal himself. In a way, he honored his father but dedicated so much time looking for closure. This is a good book for anyone for others that have been affected by suicide. I hope others can find closure like Sebastian.
About the Author: Sebastian Slovin
Since he can remember, nature has been a central part of Sebastian’s life. He was fortunate to grow up in the beach community of La Jolla, California, and spent his childhood mixing it up in the ocean. As a young boy, he lost his father to suicide, which would later deeply inspire his path in life. As a young adult, he had the opportunity to travel extensively and experience many of the world’s great surf spots as a professional bodyboarder. Through his travel, Sebastian developed a deep love and appreciation for our natural world, and at the same time was drawn to the practice of yoga.
His love for yoga led him to study at Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla, California, and his passion for nature eventually led him to pursue a BA in Environment and Natural Resource Conservation at San Diego State University. He also holds an MA in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.
He lives with his wife Sonya in Encinitas, California. He and Sonya have a business called Nature Unplugged, which focuses on cultivating wellness through healthier relationships with technology and a deeper connection to nature. When he is not writing or working on Nature Unplugged, Sebastian enjoys swimming, bodysurfing, surfing, and stand-up paddling (pretty much all things) in the wild Pacific Ocean.