Personal Stories Library

  • Trouble Is a Gift: A Story of Addiction, Recovery & Hope
    “But finally, there I was alone in this apartment, sitting in a chair, staring at the radiator waiting for the little guy to crawl out from behind it. Knowing the bottle was going to be ...
  • Better Days: A Mental Health Recovery Workbook
    “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you ...
  • Retelling the Stories of Our Lives: Everyday Narrative Therapy to Draw Inspiration
    This book began as a project between author David Denborough and the creator of narrative therapy, the late Michael White. Denborough worked alongside White for 15 years, then carried the book to fruition following White’s ...
  • Bullying Under Attack: True Stories Written by Teen Victims, Bullies & Bystanders
    I heard my share of mean comments about my weight, height, and personality while I was in school, but as someone who has never truly been “bullied,” I always just saw it as part of ...
  • The Riddle in the Mirror: A Journey in Search of Healing
    Author Jayni Bloch was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the era of apartheid, and that painful period is the context for her story of psychological and spiritual growth. Having grown up myself in the segregated ...
  • The Bliss Experiment: 28 Days to Personal Transformation
    Would you like to change the world in 28 days? How about something more manageable, like becoming a more relaxed, gracious, and loving person? Sean Meshorer’s The Bliss Experiment: 28 Days to Personal Transformation is ...
  • My Struggles with OCD in Recovery
    "Are you being crazy again?" My wife, upon noticing my awkward and all-too-familiar hand gestures, has asked me this hundreds of times. ...
  • The Department of Lost & Found
    Allison Winn Scotch’s The Department Of Lost And Found is a captivating read that depicts a young woman battling breast cancer. However, Scotch’s words are inspirational. She relays the message that once we ...
  • Your Best Life Yet: A Journey of Purpose & Passion
    “There I was, on a Broadway stage. Naked with the rest of the cast of Oh! Calcutta! The drugs and alcohol must not have been working because I was literally crawling out of my skin.” So begins ...
  • The Spirit of the Heart: Stories of Family, Hope, Loss & Healing
    You never forget your first patient who dies. When I entered medical school, I knew death would be part of my education, that not every patient could be saved. I was in my third year of ...
  • How Do You Grab a Naked Lady?
    Before they fell out of vogue, roughly 40,000 lobotomies took place in the United States. “Took place” being a rather passive, arm’s-length way of saying that, on 40,000 separate occasions, a person with an advanced ...
  • Eaten by the Tiger: Surrendering to an Empowered Life
    In a mere instant, Emile Allen’s life as a highly successful surgeon is destroyed. Electrocuted in an operating room accident, Allen is left with a litany of maladies, both physical and psychological: traumatic brain injury, ...
  • Fire Your Shrink & Read This Book Instead
    Stop whining, repeating harmful behaviors, making excuses. Pick one that fits and get busy. That’s what our author would tell us. When I began David M. Klein’s Fire Your Shrink and Read This Book Instead, my reaction ...
  • Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction — and My Own
    Have you ever heard a skinny, super successful, professional woman spouting the horrors of obesity? We all have, and the widespread reaction from anyone who has ever struggled with their weight is along the lines ...
  • The Unpredictability of OCD
    At the time my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was at its worst, he had not eaten in over a week. I flew ...
  • How I Learned To Smile From the Inside
    “Hope is the only emotion that will keep us going even when all other lights have gone out, even when there is no end in sight, and the world is ending. Hope is what keeps ...
  • Giving Myself Permission: Putting Fear & Doubt in Their Place
    A woman posted a sign in her kitchen that read simply, “You deserve it.” Every day she’d look at the sign and remind herself: I can make decisions; I can pursue my dreams; I can ...
  • Girl in the Water: A True Story of Sibling Abuse
    Tales of sibling rivalry are common: Marcia and Jan Brady, Cain and Abel, Ray and Robert Barone. But how often do we hear stories of sibling abuse? The darkness and fear that is encapsulated in Nancy ...
  • Book Review: Full Circle
    Anyone who has seen a homeless person, who has wondered why welfare exists, who has struggled to understand why another person is acting the way they do should read Jane Hersey’s Full Circle. This is ...
  • It’s Your Decision: Parenting the Way God Intended
    Resources for parents practically overwhelm the retail market. There are books, CDs, DVDs, magazines. Stores like Babies “R” Us and specialty boutiques are easy to find. With It’s Your Decision: Parenting the Way God Intended, Ed ...
  • Career Choices & OCD: Finding the Right Balance
    My son Dan spent many years pursuing his lifelong dream of becoming an animator. After his freshman year of college, ...
  • Book Review: Southern Vapors
    Who would have thought a book by a privileged southern belle turned lawyer could hold so much charm and wit, and leave the reader with the belief that they too can be better? Southern Vapors ...
  • Coincidence Is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous
    Little did Gloria Loring know when she found a business card that was placed anonymously on her dressing room chair that it would help her for the rest of her life. In her new book, Coincidence ...
  • MANipulated into Fear: There is Always a Pattern
    If you are new to reading books about how manipulative and cruel men can be to the women they profess to love, the book MANipulated into Fear by Marvela Dawnay can be validating. Dawnay tells us ...
  • Betrayal & Hearing Voices
    Note: This story is based on what actually happened in one instance of psychotherapy. Names and ...

 

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