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Step Back from the Exit: 45 Reasons to Say No to Suicide Paperback – April 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Zebulon Pr; 1St Edition edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964734001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964734005
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,344,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suicide rates continue to rise. Assisted suicides continue to grab headlines. Why shouldn't we call it quits when the world is a painful place and the future seems non-existent? Direct, practical, accepting, at times humorous--this book offers support for those facing the blind alleys, bottomless pits, and concrete barriers of life. Arising from the author's struggle with suicidal thoughts, these 45 short essays range in diversity from Marilyn Monroe to William Styron, from guilt to vitamins, and from bad manners to bad genes. While acknowledging the depth of pain that brings people to consider suicide, this book asks them to wait. The format is easy to read wherever opened, intelligent, yet fitting to a short attention span. When someone can't imagine one reason, this book offers 45. Additionally, the rare glimpse into this other world has helped physicians, counselors, police, teachers, chaplains, family, and friends further understand the suicidal psyche.

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A book that looks at suicide from inside the mind of someone battling it -- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book sensitively treats a very torubling issue, and meets its goal of identifying reasons someone considering suicide might want to reconsider.

The book is honest and not condescendingly flowery. It realisticly and frankly treats the concerns and prolbems that have driven depressed individuals to suicide, and offers diverse reasons and rays of hope that will provide comfort to almost anyone.

The sections are easy to read, and you can flip open the book to any passage and read it without worrying about the author's style bothering you. I only wish that the book were longer
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2001
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Sometimes I need to be reminded what is out there to keep me from suicide. This books reminds me what I have to live for and a few things I never thought about. I keep this book with me when this get really bad and it has help pull me through a few really rough times
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2002
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I have dealt with depression and suicidal feelings for years and have tried several medications and several psychiatrists. I found it immensely comforting to see my feelings expressed so articulately alongside useful, inspired suggestions concerning those feelings. Jillayne Arena's advice is so valuable because not only has she "been there," she has performed extensive introspection and has thereby earned wisdom and philosophy from which the reader may benefit. This book doesn't "wear out": after several readings it hasn't lost its power to renew my strength. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone with mild to severe depression. I also recommend it to those who are close to someone depressed: this book will show you how to support them.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2003
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From the preface I could feel the author's emotion and pain. I felt I finally found someone who could understand. Not the usual flowery "life is wonderful, don't do it" suicide prevention book. This is down to earth, real reasons for living despite the depression.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By enseignant intéressé on December 23, 2000
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I enjoyed reading Jillayne Arena's book because in today's world, there are too many reasons to feel really down and out. She writes with great wit and humor about her struggles and doubts and leaves the reader with a good insight, and one comes away with at least 45 reasons not to give up! I recommend this book highly to all who doubt, or feel they cannot handle it any longer: read this book, any paragraph and sleep on it, pray (if you are religious) and look further in the future. The glass is either half empty - or half full, after reading this book, you will find that it is half full
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