- Paperback: 110 pages
- Publisher: Inglestone Publishing (May 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996902066
- ISBN-13: 978-0996902069
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author, Stacy Jay, takes a look at living with mental illness, both as the one suffering from the illness, and as a family member having a loved one caught in the challenge of an emotional system and brain that doesn’t work as designed.
There are no letters after Mr. Jay’s name. No parade of degrees that mental health practitioners call credentials. There is no degree for what Mr. Jay has, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t listen to him. Perhaps it even elevates his voice above the practitioners for he has “been there, done that,” and learned to thrive! The absence of psychobabble is refreshing, his writing, by professional writing standards is rough, but his message is not. It has a pureness that only comes when things are written out of the crucible of experience by way of the heart.
“The Barbed Wire Solution” is not a warm fuzzy analogy. By books end, it feels perfect. For those who suffer with mental health disorders his story will bring the healing awareness that you are not alone, and the birth of hope that there is a way to live around this awful disease. For those living with family members in the struggle he gives some understanding, even though he admits you won’t know what it feels like to “break an arm until you actually break one,” no matter how many ways it is described to you.
If you struggle with mental health challenges, this book will make you cry. Tears of understanding, compassion flowing from the valley of your life experience. Jay points to a way out. Not a path which miraculously removes the disease or brings healing, but a path to a joyful life living around the disorder.
His approach, he names “Fight” and includes four ingredients, working together to empower. He literally hangs these on a barbed wire fence in the final analogy of his story. No where does he promise that this is an easy solution, of which the title “Fight” should give fair warning. However, when you read his descriptions of what it is like to have a mental health disorder, the never ending struggle of it, you can catch the vision of why hard things seem worth trying.
The end point is this. Within each mind resides gifts that often go untapped. He states, “I believe if you implement the mind ingredients of “Fight,” over time you will also be able to unearth and implement the uniquely beautiful parts of your mind. ...tapping in to those areas of your mind will bring you joy.” I tend to agree with him.
I highly recommend this book for family and friends and those individuals stricken with the struggle of a mental health disorder.