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About the Author
Ken Dickson lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Beth, four lovable dogs, a rescue rat (who in a former life survived being fed to a python), and a goldfish saved from certain death after a college research project. He has two daughters attending college who never cease to amaze him. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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It is sad how so much of our society is prejudiced against the mentally ill, regarding them as unthinking and unfeeling, and therefore undeserving of any compassion. The author does a great service to us all by correcting this misunderstanding. With this book, he has not only prepared me for what may be my experience should something similar happen to me, he has also taught me how to show more patience and love towards those who suffer as he did. His book has the power to make the world a better place. It should be required reading for all those who are preparing themselves for any type of work involving the mentally ill.
By the time readers finish this book, they will understand themselves better and learn to get more out of life, regardless of where they fall on the scale of fully sane (is anyone fully sane?) to insane. If they have friends or family members who are mentally ill, they will love them more and have more joy in their relationships with them. If they work with the mentally ill, their work will take on a whole new meaning; it will be more fulfilling and more satisfying.
The author’s summary towards the end of the lessons he has learned through all of his experiences described in this book are beautiful and inspiring. His conclusions resonate as true with me and have given me a brighter hope for the future of humanity.