Unconditional Forgiveness

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I enjoyed reading this book.  Here are a few of the things I learned.

  • Forgiveness is not a feeling.  Forgiveness is a choice to end the cycle of revenge and leave justice in the hands of God.
  • Forgiveness seems to have the capacity to alter suffering from something that is purely destructive to something that has profound redemptive qualities.
  • Unforgiveness has a devastating way of eliminating new possibilities.  Everything remains chained to the past, and the suffered injustice becomes the single informing event in the life of the embittered soul.
  • The way of forgives does not forget the past, but through truth and reconciliation it finds a way beyond toxic memory.  It is the way of restorative justice.

The Body Keeps Score

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This is a book about PTSD and how trauma changes brain chemistry.  Here are a few things I found interesting:

  • Trauma results in fundamental reorganization of the way mind and brain manage perceptions.  It changes not only how we think and what we think about, but also our very capacity to think.
  • The stress hormones of traumatized people take longer to return to baseline and spike quickly and disproportionally in response to mildly stressful stimuli.
  • Depersonalization (feeling nothing) is one symptom of massive dissociation caused by trauma.

The author also covers various treatment options and the effectiveness of each one.  This is an interesting book and I highly recommend it.

 

The Age of Anxiety

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The book, The Age of Anxiety, is a collection of stories from people that deal with anxiety disorders and panic attacks.

They do a wonderful job explaining the symptoms in a relatable way and talk about coping mechanisms that work for them.

If you or someone you know suffers from anxiety or panic attacks, this book would be a beneficial read.

 

All for Anna by Nicole Deese

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Victoria, the main character of the book, suffers with PTSD from an auto accident that took the life of young girl named Anna.  Victoria must learn to forgive herself and find a way to live in the world.

The story is interesting, but some of the scenarios drag on for way to long and makes the book seem a bit boring.  Also, some of the characters lack depth.  They are extremely one sided and it felt unnatural.

I did not love or hate the book.  I just thought it was okay.

 

Project Semicolon – Raising Awareness

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Project Semicolon was started to raise awareness of how mental illnesses can create havoc in a person’s life and lead to suicide or suicidal ideations.  It was designed to function as an anti-suicide initiative.

The semicolon is used in a sentence when the sentence could have ended, but the author decided to continue the sentence.  You are the author and the sentence is your life, so don’t end your sentence prematurely.