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Review: You Are Not Alone by Doug Lawrence

This book is about how mentoring can play a role in your mental health journey. Mental health is a topic that I love to discuss and have written about. It is a topic that we need to be more open about and discuss with those that we trust can support us throughout our journey. Even during the good days! This book had an interesting take on mentoring by describing how to utilize it within the context of mental health and within the workplace. You Are Not Alone by [Doug Lawrence]

When I think of the word mentoring I think of someone who has been doing the job that I want for a long time and has had great success. From that success, they are able to assist me in learning how to succeed in that position. I had never given mentoring a thought when it came to mental health, however, Doug does a wonderful job of shedding light on how the two can go hand in hand.

What I liked about the book were the stories that were shared. The author shares bits of his story to show you that not only has he done the research but he has lived through it. There are a few other people that the author interviewed for the book who also share their stories. It is through stories that I think we can truly impact and make a difference for others.

You should have a basic knowledge of what a mentor is before reading this book. It is a tool to show you the benefits that can come from mentoring; it is not a ‘how-to’ guide.

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Review: Tremor in the Hills by Cristina Matta

The imagery transported me to Peru, with the vivid landscapes, and food/drinks native to Peru. The story follows Tamara a young girl who is terrified of being back in Peru visiting her family. The year before there was a horrible Earthquake where she almost died. Being back with her family in Peru brings back all of the traumatic events that she lived through and has been dealing with since she left. Throughout the story, you can see tremendous growth from Tamara as she faces dangers she could never think imaginable.

All the while she is trying to help her friend and figure out who the murderer really is. I had suspicions of who the murderer might be and as the story progressed there were hints to lead you in different directions. The author does an excellent job of making you want to continue reading. This is the perfect book for the young reader who enjoys a mystery.

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Review: Preternatural Evolution by Peter Topside

This is the second installment of Preternatural, and I enjoyed being back in Meadowsville. There was not as much action throughout this book as the first one, but it had more character growth. The vibe of ‘evil never dies’ rings true throughout the entire novel, and yet I was rooting for it to die and let the people of Meadowsville finally have some peace.

An excellent addition to this book that many sequels don’t show was the characters’ trauma from the first book. The story takes place 15 years after the first novel, which sounds like a long time. However, when dealing with mental health (PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc.), 15 years is a blip. It was refreshing that the author kept true to life in the respect that the characters would have lingering effects from the first book’s events.

This installment is setting up for something big in the final novel. The characters have faced evil more times than any person should, and it isn’t over yet.

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If you haven’t read the first one, then be sure to get that too!

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Review: Sixty-Ninth Street Suicide by Sharon Greenwald

It’s not easy to talk about depression and suicide. Most people shy away from this topic and want to hide their heads in the sand. But if we keep doing that then we continue to perpetuate the cycle of stigma. Even those who write about this topic often don’t delve far enough into the depths to make a tsunami of an impact. This book did!

Sharon never shied away from sharing her darkest thoughts about suicide. How she began to plan it and the ways that she couldn’t; until the day that she tried. The book is an emotional roller coaster that connects the reader to the author.

For anyone who has had these thoughts it creates a safe space to know that we are not alone. To those that want to understand a family member this book is a must read. Not only does Sharon share about her depression but also the other struggles in her life. How an eating disorder developed, post partum depression and death of family and friends.

The book is well written and I didn’t want to put it down. Order your copy from amazon.

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Review: Mommy I Need You by Regina Hall

This book is an easy read that I finished in two nights, but the topic of this book is not easy. This is the true story of sexual abuse that a young girl (Regina) had to endure. The book chronicles how she felt when it first started; scared and unsure, to a teenagmommyer who didn’t understand her own sexuality, to a woman who overcame the trauma.

There are excellent nuggets of wisdom and self discovery. Trauma can stay with you forever but Regina shows how you can use that trauma for good – by sharing her story.

The last few chapters were in-depth and I felt a real connection to the author. The first few chapters shared the story but were not as in depth as what was to come. Overall, for those that have suffered sexual trauma or are the parents to someone who has suffered sexual abuse this book gives great insight. Emotions can be difficult to explain and Regina does an excellent job of sharing those.