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From the Author
- Publication date : October 25, 2016
- File size : 548 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 296 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01M1BUFRU
- Publisher : GUPR; 2nd edition (October 25, 2016)
- Lending : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,429 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The "Personal Place" section in each chapter was my favorite part of the book. It helped put things into a realistic situation that I could relate to and apply to my own situations. Some of these stories really touched my heart because it mirrored situations I have found myself in. It was good to compare my experience with this and contrast the reactions.
I hope you take the time to read through this and really think about what you are reading. It is one more wonderful tool we can have in our daily walk! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I'm so glad I did. Packed with practical advice, beautiful stories woven with wisdom and good advice for dealing with the hardships we face in life. This book takes you from being reactive in situations to proactive. I felt encouraged as I read through topics that aren't always talked about in society. This book doesn't shy away from some tough issues. It helps you work through them and not let pirates steal the beautiful gemstones.
I plan on getting a hardback copy of the book so I can go through it again and do the journaling with it. This is a good book to go over more than once because there is so much richness and depth in it that you honestly need more than one read through.
Pick up your copy (free if you have Prime Unlimited!) and enjoy a wonderful book!
Each chapter focuses on various Pirates and the preferable alternative. Angie includes all sorts of poignant vignettes about her own experiences with her mother who had schizophrenia as well as short stories from others that bring home the points she makes.
But not only is Angie's book good for self-improvement and better living, it's great for writers! This is the part I kept thinking about as I read and cried through portions of her book. Our characters inevitably have the same issues we struggle with, and Angie covers so many of what could be literary character flaws that your characters will benefit from layered motivations that undergird every action they make. For those familiar with Dr. Stan Williams' The Moral Premise, you'll love this book, because Angie gives you a template for a moral premise in each chapter. (i.e., "Fear and short-term thinking lead to sadness and hesitancy, but courage leads to joyfulness and confidence.")
I want to give you a list of the Pirates Angie covers in her book to give you an idea of what you-and your characters--are missing out on if you don't read this.
Magical Thinking and Denial
Fear and Short-term Thinking
Rumination, Destructive Scripts, and Assumptions
Martyrdom, Anger, and Unforgiveness
Ignorance, Emotion, and Reactivity
Worry and Perfectionism
Fatigue, Chaos, Busyness
Self-defeating Behaviors, Frustration, Helplessness, and Pessimism
Arguments, Confrontation, and Logic
Power and Control
Life Filters, Misconceptions
Think about all the books that have been written with characters who have these flaws to overcome by the end. I'm telling you--this book should be on your shelf not only to improve your life, but to improve your writing by getting behind what negatively drives people. I highly recommend it from my perspective of a therapist.
This book talks about how God uses gemstones throughout scripture to speak to us and encourage us to pray, worship and celebrate amidst trials. Angela's personal experience with being a caregiver for her mother, whom was mentally ill, is peppered through out this very different devotional. The stories of historical pirates through the book also give this book a different twist on a normal inspirational book or devotional. You can learn how to use these gemstones in your daily life as memory aids to keep you in His peace in difficult situations.
The companion guide in the back of the book helps you to study and apply it to your own life and your own difficult situation.
When I read this book, I was struck by Angela touching on topics that are not usually discussed among polite company, but in such a diplomatic manner. The topic of mental illness and caring for loved ones with the disease is such a taboo topic, that there is not many encouraging things for the caregivers of them. There are books on how to be healed, but not how to suffer. There are books on how to pray, but not how to be encouraged. This book teaches us how to love, pray and be encouraged on this difficult journey. You will find encouragement, even if you do not know anyone with an illness, but simply are a Christian who is struggling with daily trials.
I hope you find this book as encouraging as I did!