Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing (Vol. III, No. 1)
Loving Healing Press (2011)
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (4/11)
Addiction is not pretty and this little 102-page book makes it a very real and serious situation.
The many stories in this book will command your attention from the first to the last page.
These are the stories of how others have coped with and fought the evils of their cravings – the cravings they had for the corrosive drugs that have both ruled and ruined their lives. In this short but sweet volume, you will find stories of emotion, health, family, inspiration and many more. There are poems of hope and stories that will enlighten the reader. Some of these stories will hit home and many will relate and be able to understand what the authors are saying.
From chapters on incest and dysfunctional families to how to deal with unruly kids, the book covers many facets of life. One in particular that was most interesting to me was called “David’s Code.” This short story is of a young man, who died prematurely, and the interesting set of codes he lived by. They were not only applicable to him but could be used by all of us in the course of our daily lives.
This book was very good reading and I recommend it for everyone from teens to adults. There is nothing that would be offensive or off color; the writing is excellent as is the editing and appealing cover art. Each story is accompanied by a short Biography about the author, which gave it more substance.
I thought “Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing (Vol. III, No. 1)” was a very good book and everyone who reads it will find some benefit to be had. It received my highest rating of an A+ and a big bravo for a well-written volume.