This book shares the author’s life in short snippets related to following her intuition. The book begins by explaining the different types of intuition, which was helpful as I didn’t know there were different types. The book is broken into four main sections with various stories from Stacey’s life making up the chapters.
I enjoyed the layout of the book and the short chapters. It is an easy read when you only have a few minutes but still want to read something. A few chapters rely on reading the previous but are still stand-alone chapters giving natural breaks to the reader.
At the end of each chapter, Stacey puts her final thought about how that story related back to her intuition. Reiterating the connecting thread that links the purpose of the book.
I would have liked to flesh out a few stories more thoroughly. It felt like there was something missing, or it wasn’t clear which intuition was being utilized.
This is Stacey’s first book, and it was well done. I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
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The emotional journey that transpires throughout this book is hard to imagine, but the author does a fantastic job of bringing those emotions out. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jacqueline on the Write or Die Show,, so I knew how Grant’s journey on Earth would end. Yet, I was still hoping that somehow he was going to make it; that somehow this mother’s story would end with bringing her child home. That is how invested in the story I, as the reader, had become.
The reader becomes part of the highs and lows at the hospital and at home. Which was a nice addition to the book as there is more to a person’s life than just staying at the hospital bedside. There are still bills to pay and relationships to maintain. We get the behind the scenes of all that life had to throw at this family.
Another interesting piece is that the story doesn’t just end after the hospital stay. There are a few chapters that follow the author and the family during the months and years that follow. It shows the grieving process that the family went through and how life continues on and those left behind have to figure out a way to go on. Figure out a way to keep the loved one alive because so long as we remember them they never truly leave us.
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Four weeks tomorrow my brother died expectantly. I am just starting to get out of the fog that I have been walking through the last four weeks, but I know I am not all of the way out of it yet. There is still another week and a half before we bury him.
My brother died due to a drug overdose (for more info on that check out the Write or Die episode where I talk about it a little more). He had suffered with addiction (a mental health illness) for most of my life, most of his life. When someone you care about dies suddenly it is a complete shock to the system. Though I always feared this would be his outcome I still held out hope that it wouldn’t end this way.
I keep thinking to myself, is there something else that I could have done? Something I could have said? Something I missed?
But ultimately, thinking like that won’t bring him back, it will just keep me in this fog of sadness. I know he loved me. I hope he knew that I loved him too.
What I want to share right now is that if you are struggling reach out. Your family may have created a boundary but they still love you. You are not alone.
If you love someone who is hurting and you don’t know how to help. Reach out. One of the hardest things for me right now is the what ifs. It is the talking with my mom about what could have been done differently. It is hearing how she wishes she did more. That hurt and guilt is not healthy. Though it is normal, it needs to be worked through.
Speak up, be honest, and get help if you need it.
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This book is short and sweet. If you are looking for a quick read that is still entertaining and informative this is the book for you. Just like the title says it is about a man in a pit. Through this imagery the author shows how someone who is suffering with depression might feel and see the world. It also shows the side of society and how people with depression are often treated (or rather mistreated).
Now, before you start thinking that you can just read this book and everything will be roses in your life stop because this is not a replacement for treatment. This was not written by a doctor but someone who wanted to share his experiences with others in the hopes that it will help them to understand their loved ones who may be going through depression.
And he succeeds in this purpose. The way that he describes being the man in the pit and how others speak with him about being in the pit is so close to how I have experienced moments of depression.
If you want a quick read to help you understand a loved one who is experiencing depression this is the book for you.
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