Review - Unfathered by Disa Mogashana

By Carmen, 17 November 2018
My Copy of the Book

Year Published: 2017

Genre: Memoir; Autobiography


Unfathered: a memoir of a woman who grew up without a father. It is a gripping account of Disa’s life story, which she tells from a perspective of growing up without her father. Written as a deeply emotional letter to him, she takes the reader through key events in her life including the circumstances surrounding her untimely birth and why she considered herself a bastard.

In this book, Disa’s story challenges parents to be aware of the consequences of their physical and emotional absence in the lives of their children, especially fathers who are often the parents that are unavailable. It challenges those who grew up like her to overcome their challenges and to not be defined by their circumstances. It challenges them to let go of the things that hold them back and reach out to their true potential...

About the Author:

Dr Disa Mogashana is the Managing Director at True Success Institute (Pty) Ltd, a company she established to help others find inner strength to triumph over their circumstances and achieve their true success. She is a Life Transformation Coach and NLP Practitioner, and an Inner Freedom Coaching Practitioner. Her areas of interest include Relationship Coaching, Personal Success Coaching, as well as coaching, mentoring and advising students.

She has a strong academic background, having completed a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering, a Masters and a PhD in Engineering Education. She has lectured at the University of Cape Town.

Disa has tapped into her inner strength to overcome many negative influences in her life. With positive energy, she brings light to those who are yet to deal with their inner struggles. In this book Disa presents her narrative about growing up without a father. She challenges those who are like her, and others, to rise above their circumstances and draw on their inner Personal Power. She challenges parents to be aware of the consequences of emotional and physical absence in their children's lives.

Ultimately, her aim is to empower her reader to be the best version of themselves with inner peace, love and joy.

Connect with the Author:

Facebook: Disa Mogashana Facebook

Twitter: Disa Mogashana Twitter

Author Website: Disa Mogashana Author Website

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My Take on the Book:

The author expresses confusion at the beginning of the book as to why her father became emotionally and physically unavailable, but as you go through the book; there are some improvements as well as exploring some of the author’s life as well as culture. I ended up giving this leisurely read a four star rating.

Last Word:

This is definitely a topic that needs to be discussed more often, simply because of its devastating impact – one that is usually felt throughout the victim’s life.

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