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Monday, August 8, 2011

Gems of Wisdom Therapeutic Review and Giveaway!

When Angela Breidenbach contacted me to review her book, I said sure. I was thinking that I'd help influence for her book just as I have countless other authors. It was only recently that I was able to read her book (thanks to my vacation!) and I'm SO glad that I agreed to review this book for her and get the word out!

My site might very well be the most perfect place to review her book, Gems of Wisdom for a Treasure-Filled Life. The subject matter of her book is overcoming the obstacles we face in life. These obstacles--which Angie called "Pirates"--can be inherited, formed in early childhood, or created later in life.

Each chapter focuses on various Pirates and the preferable alternative. Angie includes all sorts of poignant vignettes about her own experiences with her mother who had schizophrenia as well as short stories from others that bring home the points she makes.

But not only is Angie's book good for self-improvement and better living, it's great for writers! This is the part I kept thinking about as I read and cried through portions of her book. Our characters inevitably have the same issues we struggle with, and Angie covers so many of what could be literary character flaws that your characters will benefit from layered motivations that undergird every action they make. For those familiar with Dr. Stan Williams' The Moral Premise, you'll love this book, because Angie gives you a template for a moral premise in each chapter. (i.e., "Fear and short-term thinking lead to sadness and hesitancy, but courage leads to joyfulness and confidence.")

I want to give you a list of the Pirates Angie covers in her book to give you an idea of what you-and your characters--are missing out on if you don't read this.

Magical Thinking and Denial
Fear and Short-term Thinking
Rumination, Destructive Scripts, and Assumptions
Martyrdom, Anger, and Unforgiveness
Ignorance, Emotion, and Reactivity
Worry and Perfectionism
Unreasonable Expectations
Fatigue, Chaos, Busyness
Self-defeating Behaviors, Frustration, Helplessness, and Pessimism
Arguments, Confrontation, and Logic
Power and Control
Life Filters, Misconceptions

Think about all the books that have been written with characters who have these flaws to overcome by the end. I'm telling you--this book should be on your shelf not only to improve your life, but to improve your writing by getting behind what negatively drives people. I highly recommend it from my perspective of a therapist.

Angie has graciously agreed to give away a .pdf copy of this book to one lucky commenter below! Since I like my giveaways to benefit my readership, if you haven't already, please click the "Follow" button on the right and then leave a comment below, including your email address. Don't miss out on this great book!


blankenship.louise said...

Sounds like an interesting book!

Joy said...

It is interesting to note that these obstacles can be inherited. That's something to think about.

Katharine said...

Oooh! I am salivating! I would LOVE to read this!

Anonymous said...

I am curious about magical thinking and denial and very interested to read about her thoughts on unreasonable expectations. After 'The Secret', it seems like a great deal of people threw caution to the wind and put all of their energy into lofty would be fascinating to get another point of view!

Valerioe White

Jeff King said...

Yes it does...

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

For Lisa -

Wow, sounds good! Congratulations, Angie, on finding and dealing with a great topic.

Kristen said...

Sounds great! Both for myself and my characters!!

kristengjohnson (at) gmail (.) com

Anonymous said...

i would comment on this book without the chance to win the book - though that would be nice. angela breidenbach and you are helping desperate and confused people, giving them guidance and encouragement. thank you both for your efforts.

Paula Petty said...

A lot to think about--It sounds like a good resource for my characters.

Jeanne said...

Thank you for the gracious chance to have this book in my hands. :)

karenk said...

i'm interested...thanks for the chance to read angie's book ;)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

AngBreidenbach said...

I'm so honored at all your comments and thoughts. One thing I'd like to share: I believe all the experiences we have are preparation for our mission and ministry. I wouldn't have a ministry if I hadn't experienced the varying challenges. Those pirates are a nefarious lot, but God's gems of wisdom really do shine out of shame.

May your gems of wisdom overflow into the lives of others.

Anonymous said...

would love to read more of angie's wisdom! rose crmcc at setel dot com

Jewel Sample said...

If this drawing is still available I would love to be counted in.

Crystal A Murray said...

This is a fantastic idea for a book. We're instructed to write what we know, so we write conflicts for our characters based on our own experiences and then get stuck trying to get them out of the stuff we haven't always gotten over ourselves. What a clever idea to minister to readers both as writers and in their spiritual and emotional lives.

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