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No Tourists Allowed: Seeking Inner Peace and Sobriety in War-Torn Sudan

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For Shannon Egan, what began as a desperate bid to break from her strict religious upbringing and recover her sobriety—via a one-way ticket to Sudan, a country in the midst of genocide and civil war, and, due to Islamic law, seemingly alcohol-free—would evolve into a headlong plunge into the surreal politics of faith: the world of freelance journalism and nonprofit aid in ...more
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Published August 12th 2015 by Shannon Egan
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Shannon Egan
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

Actually, this is how I prefer to share my recovery story:

Hi, my name is Shannon, and I was an alcoholic for nearly fifteen years of my life. Today, I have over four years in long-term recovery, and I'm not just sober, but I'm happy, healthy, and thriving both professionally and personally.

I've been able to transform my life from an experience of shame and darkness to one filled with light, love, forgiveness, and a
Emily Crow
I wasn't sure if I would like this book, but it was cheap for my kindle so I decided to give it a try, and I'm glad I did. The author describes herself as a naive young person, struggling with substance abuse and unresolved issues from her strict Mormon upbringing, who wants to travel and goes to teach in war-torn Sudan. Honestly, the stuff she witnessed there could drive anyone to drink; no wonder we have to wait for the sequel for her to reach sobriety. Even so, this was an incredibly moving s ...more
Jason Bennion
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Growing up in Utah is hard enough when you're not a member of the culturally predominant Mormon Church. It becomes an order of magnitude more difficult when you are a member but harbor doubts or long for something other than the officially sanctioned LDS lifestyle. In that respect, Shannon Egan's story is a familiar one. I've known many people who experienced similar struggles to find themselves in the face of parental disapproval and an almost overwhelming institutional pressure to conform. Often, ...more
Brian Durfee
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"As with all the very best memoirs, it's what Shannon Egan has to say about common truth and hidden secrets that resonates the most. Shannon's journey is a gripping story about love-of-self, loss-of-self, ambition, failure, religious indoctrination and escaping the mental chains that hold us as people, us as tribes, and us as nations captive. Shannon's writing is fast-paced, vivid, and absolutely rooted in self-discovery. No Tourists Allowed should be required reading for every addict who has sp ...more
Julieanna Facelli
I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this well-written memoir. Shannon's story weaves through tough issues of addiction, ambition, spirituality, altruism, culture-shock and trauma with grace and honesty.

I love that this piece of her story doesn't end in a perfectly wrapped package. She doesn't simply move to Sudan and conquer her addiction. Like the title indicates, it's about the "seeking" not the finding. She paints a picture of recovery that is messy, bumpy and ongoing. As someone who has never
Kathy Loveland
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My husband and I both read this book. We spent time sharing it and waiting for the other to take a break, so we could read again. I finished it in a day. My husband could relate because he had been raised in a similar Mormon household and this lead to some good conversations.

I love how brave Shannon is, she eloquently put down on pages her past which was mixed with the horror of abuse. Shannon then took us on a path through a war torn State in a country that most Americans can't even
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book. I literally could not put it down. It is far more than just a story about a recovering alcoholic. This well-written book offers glimpses into Mormon faith, Islamic faith, Sudanese life and culture during their civil war and the inter-workings of several international news agencies where she worked as a journalist in Sudan. Tidbits of wisdom are scattered throughout. Highly recommended.
Lynn Dixon
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shannon tells an extremely interesting story about her travels in Sudan, with a perfect amount of humility and self-reflection on her own life. I loved this book.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This memoir reads like a cross between Malala Yousafzai's autobiography and a Brene Brown self help book. I appreciated the political background Shannon gave about Sudan or I would've been lost. To reveal my bias, Shannon and I were roommates when I was 18. As a Mormon, my only complaint about this book is that I kind of felt like Shannon painted the Mormon faith through a cultish and scary lense. I see my faith community as one full of diverse and dynamic, imperfect people who aren't much ...more
Danielle Zora
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really a fascinating memoir of a Naive young woman beginning to confront her addiction.
Damian Konopka
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Throughly enjoyed Shannon's tale of overcoming the odds and making quite a life for herself. So much I can totally relate to that she writes about, I'll be clean and serene for 2 years in 2 days! What a great read this is for anyone who has gone through or is going through addiction struggles. One day at a time for sure.

From Shannon's book:
"The true battle of good versus evil does indeed lie within. As warriors on Earth we’re here only to conquer our own perceptions so that the
Tom Rogers
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sat down and read this book in one sitting. It grabbed me and kept me immersed in the path Shannon took tapping into her true self. When we need it most we get guidance and Shannon followed her internal voice which conflicted with her family faith, living in Utah I know how challenging this is. I admire the courage she embraced which allowed her to understand nobody knows better than you what YOU need. The concept of Self Direct is so aligned with my philosophy on life it really resonated with m ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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This book is tough to review as there were parts I absolutely loved and parts that drove me crazy. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's stories from Sudan and descriptions of her time in Darfur. However, I felt there was something missing, specifically a lot of background with the addiction that she frequently references. The beginning felt like it was missing a backstory and just kind of jumped into the story and there were parts throughout that felt a little rushed or out of place. This wasn't a ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shannon had a tough life experience and tell us her journey in Sudan where she searched for a meaning to her life and recovery for her drink problems .
It's an interesting journey to read since we can learn a lot about Sudan.
The only -bad- thing I can point it's that sometimes I felt the book was rushed, but that may be because I'm not a native english.

I won this book in a Goodread Giveaway.
Blaise Morita
Dec 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
No Tourists Allowed captures the personal journey of self-exploration for writer Shannon Egan. In her attempt to break from the norm of her strict religious childhood and addictions, she travels to a place most would be least likely to visit: war-torn Sudan.

*Review to be updated upon receipt and completion of book.
Becky Hart
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
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I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. For the most part this was a well written book. I found that it seemed like chunks were missing and made it hard to keep up. The backstory was very rushed.
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Shannon Egan is an author, international journalist, and advocate for addiction recovery. Despite training as a writer on humanitarian issues for the United Nations, Shannon prefers sharing her personal stories of addiction and recovery to infuse hope in those still struggling and spread the message that recovery is possible.
“Today I share about my addiction and recovery journey as often as possible because I don't want to die all alone in a dark closet, shrouded in shame beside the decomposing skeletons I tried so desperately to hide. I want to live.” 1 likes
“Journalism, to be useful and serviceable to the country, will take its definite place only when it becomes unselfish and when it devotes its best for the service of the country.” 0 likes
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