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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Resurrectedgirl Personal Development Coaching (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609140028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609140021
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,558,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By O. Merce Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 23, 2010
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This was a great book about a woman who lives in a marriage to a husband who is bipolar. It is the story of what she went through from diagnosis to the healing of her marriage. It is realistic, honest, and very gripping, especially if the reader is in a bipolar marriage or wants to know what it would be like. I think it would be very useful for the person with bipolar illness to also read to understand what his/her spouse goes through. The story was special because the author includes the part her Christian faith played in all parts of her journey. It is not pie-in-the-sky miracle-alone healing though, as psychiatrists, medication, counseling, and hard work were involved as well.

I liked it because it validated my emotions as having been the spouse of someone with bipolar illness. It also gave me hope for this person's healing someday. I think that this is the book's greatest strength. For someone who is in a marriage like this, there is no other book out there that is anywhere near as validating or helpful. I too would like to thank the author, and her husband as well, as it took courage for them both to be so transparent.

Highly recommended.
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"Waking up in the middle of nowhere" is a triumph of faith, hope and love over illness and adversity. Allison takes the reader on a challenging roller coaster ride through every imaginable emotion and I lived every page with her. When we take our marriage vows we all mean them and God tells us what love really is in 1 Corinthians 13, which is often used during wedding ceremonies. This story is that passage lived out in practice. It is a one sitting read book!

Kev Russell - Reach To The Skies Coaching - UK
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Every married woman should read Waking Up in the Middle of Nowhere! While not all marriages involve a relationship with a bipolar spouse, the lessons Allison Johnson teaches us about faith, God's healing power, and forgiveness applies to anyone in a committed relationship. With brutal honesty and compassion, Allison Johnson takes us through the initial crisis, the long journey to the bipolar diagnosis, and the eventual resolve. I could not put it down!

Becky Kirbo
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Allison Johnson tells of the roller coaster ride she experienced with a man she called Super Grant and Grant Zero, the man she took for better or worse, getting plenty of both in the bargain. It's a gut-wrenching tale of her marriage to a husband who tormented her emotionaly, caused her to question her own sanity, and was the love of her life.
From a vortex of anquish and dispair, she reached out to her Father, after reaching the end of herself. She found in Him the heart full of love and forgiveness she needed to stay in the fight to keep her family intact.
Thankfully Allison and Grant have the courage to show the effects of bipolar disorder on the victim of the illness as well as their loved ones. Unfortunately mental illness is more often hidden from view, especially in the church. Perhaps Waking Up in the Middle of Nowhere will help us to look past the pressed suits and made-up faces and see the hurting people inside who are devastated by mental illness
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While recovering from a stroke at the age of sixty, my father was diagnosed with manic depression. Up to that point, our lives were tempered by his daily mood swings. When he was happy, the whole world envied us. He was everyone's charmer. We were the only ones who saw his depressed side and he seemed possessed. He was placed on meds and lived another twenty-plus years a totally different person. Even his "good" side changed, which was sad, but we all adjusted to this new person.
I was attracted to Ms. Johnson's book and read it in a matter of hours, so riveted to it that I could not put it down. I saw the struggle between the husband and wife and identified with my own parents.
I hoped to read that a cure had been found, instead what I found was more realistic and amazing and satisfying.I cried at the end, but it was not out of sadness.
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