- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Healing Dynamics; First edition (March 9, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976793202
- ISBN-13: 978-0976793205
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,145,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mining for Diamonds: A Collection of Insights from Resilient Survivors of Adversity Paperback – March 9, 2014
"Patricia Fero has helped many people overcome adversity...this book will help many more." -- Marianne Williamson, 2006
About the Author
Patricia Fero, M.S.W., C.S.W., lectures and facilitates group sessions focusing on resilience. She received her Masters in social work at the University of Michigan. She A psychotherapist at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Fero works with individuals, couples, and families, and also provides personal coaching.
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Pat Fero's book packs in so much practical wisdom about handling life's challenges of any kind. Her "miners" give us true diamonds - what brought each of them through childhood adversity successfully to a full life. Pat's book now allows the miners to go even further - to share what strengthened them with a larger audience. Pat Fero has taken their reports carefully and identified 20 common elements - but the book is so much more than a list. Pat's own extensive understanding of how people heal and grow brings an extraordinary insight into what each diamond really is about. She writes beautifully in a way that makes it clear how you can use this in your life.
2. Charmie Gholson
Have you ever witnessed a forest fire? Perhaps a "controlled burn" set by stewards of the land or a natural occurrence of fire such as lightening? In time, new growth; beautiful flowers and healthier plants emerge from the scorched land.
I often use this analogy when describing my life, especially my dysfunctional and at times abusive childhood. For me, it's pretty basic: bad stuff happens, we survive. Especially if we have the courage to take the time to go within ourselves and look carefully, because then we see what has survived those fires and thrived. We are strong, despite the difficulty.
Author Patricia Fero asserts that we are strong because of those difficulties. In this important book, Fero, an Ann Arbor psychotherapist, condenses and shares twenty years of research, clinical experience and interviews with people she calls Miners--highly resilient people who have experienced significant adversity in childhood and are now leading extraordinary lives.
Mining for Diamonds is a metaphor for turning within and exploring your inner world to discover the riches within. The original wisdom has generously been shared by the "Miners" but is transferable and appropriate to anyone who has had challenges in life.
The book is made up of concise, clear examples of the 18 common resources the Miners used to create resiliency, spirituality, mistakes, luck, independence, crisis, creativity, work, support systems, role models, humor, relationships, resolve, insight, intelligence, morality, initiative, will, determination, persistence and risk taking. These seemingly simple assets are presented in matter of fact ways with inspiring examples and lovely quotes from the Miners. She describes how these resources have been and could be used to aid us in becoming more strong and powerful.
Fero has crafted a book that encourages people to go within themselves and discover their strengths and hopes. A clear, simple handbook for identifying, uncovering, and increasing one's own internal resources. It's a quick read that can be initially finished in just a few hours, although you'll want to keep it nearby as reference for both inspiration and validation.
Charmie Gholson is a columnist and radio show host in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
3. Diana Ruhl
I have often wondered how some people, who have experienced significant trauma in their young lives, were able to beat the odds, overcome adversity, and achieve their goals. Patricia Fero's "Mining for Diamonds" reveals to us, through extensive interviews, the inner qualities these successful "miners" embodied. In a word, this book is about ENERGY. Just as a piece of black coal can be transformed into an object of sparkling radiance, so, too, can people take the energy within and use it to realize their full potential. A good book should stay with you long after you have turned the final page. "Mining for Diamonds" can be used as a valuable tool for exploring within. Patricia Fero invites us to take the risk and begin the excavation process.