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Writing Out the Storm: Reading and Writing Your Way Through Serious Illness or Injury Paperback – October 9, 2002
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“Barbara Abercrombie gently takes readers' hands and leads us through the world of writing during times of emotional upheaval.” ―Dr. James W. Pennebaker, author of Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotion
“Not a whiff of either sentimental optimism or lachrymose pessimism taints this terrific book.” ―Carolyn See, author of The Handyman and Making a Literary Life
“Her passion and compassion shine through on every page as she leads us to examine and understand our pain.” ―Jennie Nash, author of The Victoria Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming and Other Lessons I Learned from Breast Cancer
Top Customer Reviews
Using her own personal experience to provide a path to examine the many anxieties and traumas through what was an eventual successful outcome for her the author provides inspiration from famous authors and people like the rest of us that end up providing comfort, insight and even humor into a situation that once seemed simply hopeless.
It may seem awkward or even trivial to write to one of the chapter questions until after you do one but the insight,the relief and the understanding at the end can make this aspect of the book as valuable as a simple reading of an important entry into the library on this important subject.
popular and gifted writing teachers the exercises in this book are
simply amazing .It is easy to understand why Ms. Abercrombie's writing
classes are always full. You will want to give this to everyone you know
who is journeying through an emotional or physical storm. At a recent
book signing people were buying 5 and 6 copies at a time. No ordinary
self- help tome, Ms Abercrombie's own encounter with breast cancer
forms the core of this book. She tells of her fear and anger, her
family's love and support, the indignity and isolation of the disease
and the eventual bonding with others in the Wellness community, where
she holds the workshops which inspired this book. She is able to capture
the humor in even the darkest moments.
You won't be able to put it down. It's a real page turner.
"Writing out the Storm" is an exploration of the journey through life threatening illness and the identity, meaning, joy and personal mastery that may come from it. It draws the reader in.
It has four tracks - each hope filled while reality based
1) The author's own story which wonderfully unfolds, is masterfully told, and woven together with her selections of
2) vivid descriptions from other authors and public figures who bring to bear, through their own unique presence and communications skills, the essence of steps along the journey.
3) gems of real time writing responses by her "ordinary" workshop participants. Some of which so connect with you that you find yourself reading them over, again and again.
4) Direct and sometimes playful trigger questions which invite each reader to explore their own journey and writing.
"Writing out the Storm" is a stirring read that can't be put down, yet must be put down from time to time, as it takes the reader to their core and back.
If you have any doubts just read the chapter headings and imagine the gifts to be found within each.
I was drawn to it because I have Cerebral Paly and I was looking for a way to cope with the psychological effects of this. I like many people in this book want to live my life rather than being defined by a condition. I liked this book for many reasons.I was attracted by the wide variety of people sharing their situatins.I found it very helpful because the sources of the material was all given. If you want to use it as a writing/ reference book,a simple,clear structure encourages the writer and helps with those difficult blocks.It also provides a page turning story.I think it is clear I am a fan. Give it a go and good luck!
Even if you don't want to write about your feelings, it's so wonderful to read Abercrombie's spot-on descriptions of her emotions. So many times, I was moved to tears because, yes, this is exactly what it feels like to face Cancer head on.
She has also chosen many wonderful quotes by other writers. They are at turns poignant, laugh out loud funny, beautiful, courageous, and eloquent.
This book was very healing for me to read. It helped me, even after all these years, to feel less alone in my grief. (My mother, unfortunately, died from her cancer.) I highly recommend Writing Out the Storm.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is loaded with great tips and realistic advice.Published 13 months ago by Little Old Lady in Sac
I have purchased several copies of this book for friends and family who have suffered from and, remarkably all recovered, from cancer. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Judith Fox
Using various writing exercises, the author shows us many creative ways to transform anger, despair, loneliness, fear, and other emotions into very beneficial and positive energy. Read morePublished on June 21, 2010 by Anne M. Bennett
Abercrombie, a writing teacher and cancer survivor, got the idea for this book in a workshop she taught at the Wellness Center in Los Angeles. Read morePublished on April 2, 2009 by Charlene Rubush