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Review: The Intuitive Detective by Stacey Webb

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. The Intuitive Detective by [Stacey  Webb]

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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Review: The Good Stripper: A Soccer Mom’s Memoir of Lies, Loss and Lapdances by Marci Warhaft

This book is the author’s memoir of her double life, trauma, and fight with her eating disorder.

The first chapter sucks you into the story by starting in the middle with Cassidy, the stripper. Afterward, we are transported to the beginning, and we meet Marci. I thought that was a great way to get the readers sucked into the drama before giving the background.

To be honest with the readers, the author left nothing unsaid and dug deep within herself. She could have hidden some of the transgressions, but it wouldn’t have helped as many people as this book now has the potential to help. She gives the sordid details of her double life and illnesses and explains the mental and emotional turmoil that she was experiencing.

Dissociative disorders and eating disorders don’t just happen overnight. They are a combination of various factors and traumas. By Marci explaining her inner thoughts between thinness and love-ability, we are better able to understand how someone can let an eating disorder run their lives.

Unfortunately, there were quite a few grammatical errors, but that doesn’t mean that the message isn’t straightforward and vital.

This book will help many people, from children to adults, to males, females, and LGBTQ+. Trauma and eating disorders don’t have a specific ‘look’ to who will get them or be affected by them. If you know someone who needs help, they need this book. If you know someone who might need help, they need this book. If you know someone who is struggling, you need this book.

If you are worried that your child isn’t ready to read about a stripper, then you read this book. It will help you to better understand and relate to your child, who may be experiencing an eating disorder. The parts about marriage might be a little over the head of some children, but eating disorders don’t know age, so it is still a valuable resource.

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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: 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.

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Review: Breaking the Chains of Transgenerational Trauma: My Journey from Surviving to Thriving by Dorothy Husen

The title is a bit of a mouthful but the book will make your heart full. Right from the start of the book I was hooked; the author jumps right into her story and I wanted to know more! When she shares about her mother and grandmother’s stories it made sense how she was raised. It wasn’t a lack of love, it was what they knew and that is what they had to pass on.

I have heard about transgenerational trauma in the past; trauma that is passed on from generation to generation. It is quite common until someone finally learns how to break that cycle. That is what this book is really about. As much as I loved hearing about Dorothy’s story I was more interested in how she became the cycle breaker.

Throughout the book I could identify with some of the struggles that she had learned from her parents. I understood that certain lessons I had learned needed to be relearned. The trouble is how?

At the end of each chapter Dorothy gives you exercises that you can use to help break the cycle in your family. It is not an easy thing to do and I am a huge advocate for therapy if you have the opportunity. This book is a great starting point with the real life examples and the exercises. Don’t skip the exercises, they are worthwhile and will help you along your journey.