April 11, 2020

#BookReview: Fragile: Beauty in Chaos, Grace in Tragedy, and Hope that Lives In Between by Shannon Sovndal, MD

Synopsis: Life is fragile.

When Shannon Sovndal started medical school, he was confident and motivated—and felt invincible. He thought he was going in with his eyes wide open. Really, he had no clue. Nothing could prepare him for the harsh reality of being a compassionate human and working as an ER doctor.

In his emotionally charged memoir, Sovndal examines the tenuous balance between trying to compartmentalize the trauma of tragedy while also preserving his own humanity. With candor and humility, Fragile pulls back the curtain on the ER, a place where Sovndal has learned that universal truths about the human condition can be discovered—if you pause long enough to take a breath.

At turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, serious and funny, Sovndal’s memoir is about trying to reconcile the beautiful and horrific tension that makes life so fragile, and how accepting that hard truth opens us up to appreciate life’s most precious moments—which are often the ones most filled with connection, hope, and love.


Rating: ★★★
My Review:  We are addicted to shows such as stories from the ER and I was really hoping that this was going to be like those.  However, what I found was a book that didn't know what it wanted to do.  The author would start on one topic then switch mid story to another one.  It felt very all over the place. 


SHANNON SOVNDAL, MD, author of Fragile: Beauty in Chaos, Grace in Tragedy, and Hope that Lives In Between, is a board-certified doctor in both emergency medicine and emergency medical services (EMS) and serves as a physician and medical director for multiple EMS agencies and fire departments. Dr. Sovndal has a wide range of career experience, working in tactical medicine (TEMS) with the FBI, as a team doctor for the Garmin Professional Cycling team, and as a flight physician. As the producer of the podcast Match on a Fire: Medicine and More, he is the founder of 3Hundred Training Group, which focuses on educating and training pre-hospital providers. Visit his site at www.drsovndal.com

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