Monday, July 26, 2010

Recovering the Self: A Journal of Help and Healing (Vol. II, No. 3)

Recovering the Self: A Journal of Help and Healing (Vol. II, No. 3)

Edited by Ernest Dempsey
Loving Healing Press (2010)
ISBN 9781615990481
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views

Once again several exciting contributors provide insight into their addiction and recovery.  I have had the honor of reading prior books from many of the authors and find their information very valuable to those who work in the field and those who are affected by addiction.

There are several stories that caught my eye in this journal- one was "Rethinking the 'Monster' of Mental Illness." We really need to look at these individuals through different eyes and not just what we see on TV or hear others say. Another was "Flannel Shirt," by Tyler Tichelaar. He relives his wonderful moments with his grandfather who always wore a flannel shirt. However, there was an accident and his grandfather died from burns. The author never got to say goodbye to his grandfather or truly grieve for him.

In addition to stories, there are poems and quotes that provide inspiration to all. There are references to other great books and reviews of movies.

This is a very excellent form of journaling about trials we often go through. These recounts are not "woe is me stories," but stories sharing compassion and great insight. This journal comes out on a quarterly basis and is something we should share with others. Each issue has a different theme of recovery.