I have yet to read the book, still hoping it will come out on Kindle. I have read many of the reviews elsewhere, but will not comment on the book until I read it. That being said, I strongly take issue with your comment that schizophrenia is a life sentence. Please think about who actually benefits from the promotion of this idea. It certainly isn't the individual or the families. It is pharmaceutical companies and the mental health "community" of careworkers, the same groups who promote the erroneous mantra that schizophrenia is a disease just like diabetes. (Retracted by a pharmaceutical company executive in the Whitaker book I refer to below. Error corrected, damage done. Who ever finds out about the retractions?)
I correspond everyday with people who have recovered or consider themselves fully "cured" and the overarching point they make is that recovery happens off the drugs. If you need something other than anecdotal evidence, consider reading Robert Whitaker's book, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. Unfortunately, everytime somebody makes a remark that there is no cure, and schizophrenia is a life sentence, pharma gains one more customer, "patient" loses one more advocate.
Another error that people make that prolongs mental illness is to consider the person as "mad, " i.e. he's the one with the problem. Most of us never thinking of looking in the mirror that the individual is holding up to us. Schizophrenia begins and ends in the environment of the family. So, for the Henrys of the world, there's plenty of reason for optimism as long as those around them get the idea of schizophrenia and begin to change their perceptions.