HOMESTEADING in the CALM EYE of the STORM: A Therapist Navigates His Complex PTSD Paperback – October 3, 2017
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 3, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 372 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1974029158
- ISBN-13 : 978-1974029150
- Item Weight : 1.09 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.84 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #386,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've recently started my long journey to recover from CPTSD. I have been looking for real true answers for a very long time. As a mature women I realize it's never to late. I'm not as scared to deal with all the pain and speechless horror as I used to be because of your books. Even though I know that I wasn't alone in the world with the traumas that I secretly hid, there was no one out there speaking about the tabo subjects.
I have found a good therapist , when I called about my marriage problems., she says to me that she specializes in trauma patients, I thought, that's nice, as I smirked to myself, and wondered why she would tell me this. My goal in therapy was to learn to cry again, as numbness had become quite comfortable and angry was stepping up to bat. As she showed me your books and I begain to read your warm and transparent words, I begain to cry again, and laugh with you and hope again.
I can't wait for my life to thrive as it was meant to be Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Mistakes are my teachers. Every misstep is a chance to practice self-compassion. Pg. 228
Ps. Your poetry is beautiful. Your adventures are encouraging. It's a true honor to know the deepest of Pete Walker through your words. Your journey is a gift to all of us that feel as if we were left stranded on the dark and lonely side of the roads of life. Thank you again, with my whole heart!
In this book, he tells the very personal story of his slow realization in his young adult years that he had suffered greatly as a child, and of his search for and discovery of authentic ways to heal. In the process, he charms us with humor and makes us wince at his sometimes dangerous decisions, born of his traumatic history.
But there is an ending that is both happy and inspiring because it is actually true! And...if he can do it...if he can learn to live a life full (mostly) of love and service after all that he lived through as a child, then surely the rest of us can too!
I didn't rate this at 5 stars because 1) I didn't find his writing to be transforming enough for me to feel like I was right there in the people, places, things he experienced; 2) he didn't define his terms on calling his parents narcissistic (either having high narcissistic traits or bona fide narcissism-- and what that means to him); and 3) I think it can hinder a person's recovery to assume that the universe would randomly curse some people with bad parenting influences-- that as a spirit coming into form we had zero input whatsoever for what circumstances would set up our life here considerably. However, he did an excellent job of presenting himself as an everyman with on the ground human experiences instead of exclusively a successful white-collared professional therapist who somehow existed above the fray by the miracle of more elevated thought training than the clueless masses. Furthermore, he boldly called out organized religions and counseling professions for routinely shaming and misunderstanding the broad implications of the role of grief in the human person as felt naturally from all meaningful losses occurring throughout one's lifespan. Bravo!