- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: James Callner (December 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0998072907
- ISBN-13: 978-0998072906
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,838,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author
This is more than a memoir of my life living with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It is more than my challenges and struggles with OCD. It is a book of hope, strategies, processes, tools, and solutions that I learned over several decades--all of which gave me my life back. I use them to this day and share them with you now. Living with OCD does not mean you cannot have a productive happy life. You can! For all of the courageous souls who take on OCD every day as I do: This book is for you.
~ James Callner, OCD Educator and President of The Awareness Foundation for OCD (afocd.org)
About the Author
James Callner’s onset of OCD came in his 20s. To this day, he continues his recovery with CBT/ERP, spiritual, medical, and holistic therapies and treatments, and has emerged as an educator and a public speaker specializing in OCD and anxiety. Mr. Callner started his college teaching and professional filmmaking career in his early 20s. He has earned over 30 national and international film festival awards as well as critical acclaim for writing and directing films about physically and emotionally challenged individuals. He was commissioned by the International OCD Foundation to make the first dramatic educational film about a child with OCD, "The Touching Tree." He went on to make "In the Shoes of Christopher," a dramatic film about OCD and bullying; "The Risk," a film about OCD and the family; and "Hope and Solutions for OCD," a four-part lecture series with OCD professionals. All films can be found on afocd.org, YouTube, OCD Treatment Centre (ocdtreatmentcentre.com), and Facebook. Mr. Callner currently provides inspiration and recovery techniques through his OCD Coaching Videos and Words of Hope, and his articles can be found on afocd.org, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media. He is cofounder and president of the Awareness Foundation for OCD. James Callner lives with his wife Jeanine by the ocean in northern California.
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James Callner truly exemplifies ‘chutzpah’ in this touching, tender, insightful (and often funny) record of living his life mindfully, embracing his OCD. ‘OCD is a disorder where you are so alone with your thoughts and fears that it can be overwhelming at best, crippling at worst, and virtually unexplainable to those who are not afflicted by it.’ (page 145)
Through out his book you will feel connected, seen, not alone, and mostly, you’ll find a new strength to learn to live with the ‘monkey mind’ cycle of fears that plague OCD sufferers. Perhaps one of his greatest insights is that of ‘Thought Replacement’…. Rather than battling fear-based and destructive OCD thoughts, Callner lays out a road map to literally change that brain chemistry, to differentiate between OCD thoughts and reality.
From lessons from ‘The Course in Miracles’ to practicing daily meditation and mindfulness, Callner recognizes there are only tow emotions: love and fear. Throughout this book you will find Callner to be pretty big on trusting, compassion, choosing thoughts of love, and yes, even LAUGHTER! And you’ll find Hope!
This book is both an insightful ‘how to’ book and an endearing memoir. Be prepared to be inspired while learning to live with OCD. His last words: “In this moment, I can do it. I will do it. I am capable…because you are.”
Thank you James Callner for pushing through and writing this book. You are healing so many. Thank you for touching my heart. You are a blessing.
This memoir is an easy read that is personable, honest and heartfelt. It is full of anecdotes, helpful tips, life-lessons and and tools to add to anyone's toolbox, whether suffering or working through understanding this illness. These life-lessons are transferable to anyone navigating life with or without this illness and the challenges it brings.
"Progress not perfection" is a mantra I am taking away from this book, as well as the power of honesty. Reading this book, changed my perception and understanding of this illness. Thank you Jim, for your honesty, bravery and candor with the heartfelt mission to help educate, demystify the stigma and steer readers to the healthy road to recovery.