The Heart of Fear: A Surgeon’s Collection of Stories on Adversity, Passion and Perseverance by Alexandra Kharazi, MD Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Author Alexandra Kharazi, MD, shares insights into the people in high-risk careers who overcame adversity in the book “The Heart of Fear: A Surgeon’s Collection of Stories on Adversity, Passion, and Perseverance”. 


The Synopsis

The Heart of Fear: A Surgeon’s Collection of Stories on Adversity, Passion and Perseverance is a raw and honest exploration of the internal conflicts and fears shared by professionals in distinctly different yet surprisingly comparable fields-including medicine, skydiving, and stunt driving.

Through candid interviews with people in high-stress, high-risk occupations, author Alexandra Kharazi provides insight on navigating risk in the face of fear and offers techniques on how we can ultimately transcend the limiting beliefs that hold us back from achieving our goals.

The Review

This was such an intriguing and mindful look into the tension and struggle of those in high-pressure jobs. The passion and hope that the author infuses into the themes and narrative of each story were so profound and moving, and made the book come alive on the pages. The care and compassion the author shows to bring these stories to life give a beautiful push of emotion to the stories as well.

The integration of personal storytelling through these interviews allowed the author’s message of hope and resilience to shine brightly. The impact of things like fear and doubt on a person’s mental well-being and the need to overcome that fear through determination and strength of will were greatly illustrated through each of these stories, and the quick pacing allowed readers to consume this book and the uplifting themes in each tale with ease.

The Verdict

Memorable, impactful, and engaging, author Alex Kharazi’s “The Heart of Fear” is a must-read nonfiction self-help and inspirational guide on pushing past our fears and not letting doubt cloud our minds. The impact of high-pressure jobs and the book’s emphasis on the medical career, in particular, was a refreshing change in POV, and readers would love to see the author explore more stories like this in other professions in future books. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10


About the Author

Alexandra Kharazi, MD is a surgeon practicing in California. She has always been passionate about writing and storytelling. Her first book,  “The Heart of Fear,” started as a passion project in which she interviewed friends and colleagues about their experiences navigating high risk careers. She has a special interest in exploring the motivation and mindset of those navigating high-pressure environments.

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