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To my surprise, I found a deeply thoughtful, at times almost uncomfortably honest look into the inner life of the author. It is a good book for those that tend to learn more from walking beside someone rather than being told what to think/do. This isn't a conventional self-help book, but a lot of lessons can be gained by a thoughtful reader.
At the end, the memoir left me thoughtful and strengthened, challenged yet encouraged. It won't help everyone, no book does, but it helped me and for that, I thank the author.
The ending was great....
We teach what we need to learn. And we teach it until we get it.
I finally got it. Now it is your turn. Go find your own story, claim it, appreciate it, don't deny it, and above all have compassion for it. In the end, what else do we have but our own story with all of its lessons and blessings?
Irene tells her story with brutal honesty. She examines her situation and explains how she justified decisions, but doesn't sweep her less desirable traits under the carpet. I admire her courage.
Since finishing the book, I am able to realize how my upbringing has affected me, and I'm now analyzing how I parent my children.
I found the book to be more about a family where there was abuse and the mother didn't acknowledge it. So it wasn't at all what I was expecting. I quit reading it before I was even half way through.
"Not Like My Mother", written by Irene Tomkinson is a story about her life and her life's experiences. It's a book that talks about her journey from shameful, poor, and ignorant beginnings to her eventual understanding that each person can only be responsible for his/her own behavior, reactions, and relationships.
In addition to discussing her own life's journey, she sprinkles the entire book with real psycho analysis (she is a psychotherapists and fully qualified to do so). This was really interesting to read about, especially in sections where I could relate and think about as it pertains to my life and experiences.
I do feel that this book was misclassified - it was labeled as a parenting book, but I think it should have been labeled as a biography and self-help book. As a mother of two girls, I found very little practical parenting advise in the book (although it did have some). More realistically, it is a book that I think would be beneficial and helpful to all adults who grew up in an abusive family situation by helping them explore the inner workings of their adult lives and how they relate to their childhood abuses.
I would recommend this book to any adult who wants to take a deeper look into the inner workings of the subconscious mind and how to separate your wronged youthful life from the present adult life you want for yourself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very well-written book, citing personal experience all the way from the author's childhood through being the mother of adult women with grandchildren. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Hazel Brigz
Not like my mother!! Don't we all say that at one time or another. We sometimes give our children the opposite of what our parents did just because we don't want to mimic our... Read morePublished 26 days ago by silencenomore
This book was a nice light read that touched on some topics that were, for me, very close to home. I genuinely enjoyed jogging through the pages of someone else's struggles within... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Lianne May
It helped me to understand a lot about myself and my feelings. Now I know WHY I feel the way I feel in so many different occasions. It makes so much sense. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charlene Araujo dos Santos
I think I was expecting more of a self-help book based on the title and description, but this book is an open honest reflection of the author's life, including the very raw and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laurie Nerat
This book is a must read for all of us that have been wounded in our families of origin . Irene is a powerful example of the ability to be able to heal and share her love with... Read morePublished 9 months ago by cynthia a bush