Ashes in the Ocean by Sebastian Slovin

April 2, 2018
Ashes in the Ocean Book Cover Ashes in the Ocean
Sebastian Slovin
Nature Unplugged
March 17, 2018

Ashes in the Ocean, Book Description:
Vernon Slovin was a legend. He was one of the best swimmers in his home country of South Africa, and for a time in the world. He prided himself on being the best. The best in sports, business, and life. He had it all, a big home, athletic prestige, fancy clothes and cars, and a beautiful wife and family. Everything was going his way until it all came tumbling down. He lost
everything, including his own life. In the wake of his suicide he left his wife and two young children.

In this riveting memoir, Vernon’s son, Sebastian Slovin chronicles his experience of living in the shadow of a suicide, and his journey out of the darkness and into the light. Slovin shares his quest to uncover why his father took his own life. A pilgrimage that led him around the world
and eventually back to himself.

Ashes in the Ocean is a powerful story about facing one’s fears and choosing a different path.

Book Review Ashes in the Ocean by Sebastian Slovin
Review by Dawn Thomas

222 Pages
Publisher: Nature Unplugged
Release Date: March 17, 2018
ISBN-10: 0692051198
ISBN-13: 978-0692051191

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.

One Comment

  • Sebastian Slovin April 3, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Dawn, thank you so much for the review. You did a wonderful job and explained the journey in an eloquent and concise way. I appreciate your time and energy on this and I look forward to continuing the conversation.

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