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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the absolute bible for the trauma survivor, January 14, 2006
This review is from: It's OK Not To Be OK...Right Now (How to Live Through a Traumatic Experience) (Hardcover)
This book gave me my life back.

A few weeks ago, a particularly astute relative gave me this book as a gift on my 30th birthday. She told me it had helped her be able to "see the future and be excited about it" despite her current situation. Unsure what she meant, I took it and put it down on my coffee table. But the title rang in my head over and over for the next day until finally, I picked it up and read all the way through it in one sitting. I couldn't put it down.

The one thing that came through the most about this book is that its almost like the author is reading your mind! Every thought, every concern, every question I had was answered just as I was thinking it. It didn't take me long to know that not only did this guy know his stuff about people going through trauma, but he was saying something no one else had ever said.

I've been in and out of trauma counseling for years and not once has anyone ever given me the power and permission to feel what I've been feeling. Dr. Lerner did it in just the title alone!

I now am looking forward to my future instead of just hoping to survive it! I can never even imagine having said that just a month ago and now, although I still have hard times, I need only return to the book and read certain chapters as a "pick me up."

I can't explain how nice it is to know that FINALLY someone has started listening to us instead of just telling us how we should be. Thank you Dr. Mark Lerner!!

I have since bought many copies of this book from the website ([...]) and have been handing it out to everyone in my support group which has gotten a similar response. I recommend this to ANYONE going through a major life change, ANYONE wondering if tomorrow is worth it, ANYONE that feels that life can only get worse.

This book is the bible for the trauma survivor on how to take your life back.
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I'm what I thought was a recovering severely abused child, however, recently my adult children have overpowered me with criticism of my parenting. For over a month I've been crying and defending myself. I'm truly sorry for my mistakes and know that it's quite possible that I have perpetuated myself as a victim. Nothing but trouble has followed me for quite some time. I've had more counseling than Sybil, now it feels like a gaping wound has been re-exposed. Having great difficulty going on. Carol Jerniganj
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