I don't normally talk about this but I was in an abusive relationship. I was lucky and left while he was serving out a jail sentence. He had not laid his hands on me yet but I know that would have come next. I kept wondering how this could possibly happen to me and for a long time, I was ashamed to admit it, even to the people I trusted most. The thing is, abusers are smart and know what they are doing. It happened so slowly that before I knew it, I was beaten down so bad emotionally that I ended up in a psych ward.
Even though I am divorced and remarried to a wonderful guy who treats me right, I am still in recovery. Honestly, I don't think I will ever fully recover from the damage that was done. That's OK though. I am a stronger person and have had the opportunity to help people in similar situations. I'm grateful for all that I went through because it makes me the person that I am today. Also, it helps me truly appreciate life and my husband in a way that I couldn't have appreciated it before.
So, anyway, about this book... It opened up old wounds, which was hard at times but necessary for the healing process. I swallowed the whole book in one day and learned so much about myself. It opened my eyes to some emotions that I had buried deep in my subconcious. I knew that books could lend a helping hand with recovery and inspiration but I never imagined that I would actually look to a book for companionship. I have already loaned Recovering The Self to a friend who has found it as helpful as I did. This would be the perfect gift for someone going through a hard time because it has helped me tremendously. I even had my husband read certain parts of it that struck a cord with me and it gave him a glimpse of what I feel inside but can't always find the right words to express it. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to read Recovering the Self.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
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