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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised edition (21 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477499016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477499016
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,535,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Al Adams-Davey on 1 April 2015
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A very interesting and honest read. It touched many heart strings and I wept on occasion. This book details the journey of a strong and blessed human being. 'Strong' in as much as Barbara Altman looks illness in the face and defeats it with her body and soul; 'blessed' because, despite all of the barriers that she faced, she had (and continues to have) the strength, courage, and determination to continue fighting and the ability to self-evaluate with such honesty. The work is also 'generous' to others, as it provides insight into a personal journey, whilst offering encouragement to those suffering from similar conditions. Finally, it presents itself as an independent body of learning to those who (wish to) support those who suffer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful resource- very imformative 15 Oct. 2013
By Jeanne Buesser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Barbara,
I have now finished your book.

I have to commend you on writing the book. It must have been very hard for you to remember the memories and to go through the pain again from childhood on. But I know that you are reaching out to others to give them the permission to write down their memories and to start to heal. I can tell you by only going through the pain can you learn to release and forgive yourself. Knowing you didn't cause this mental illness it was already already who you were. But without the support I am sure you were very much alone and misunderstood. Unfortunately because of the verbal abuse the family can't get help, or maybe it didn't exist. I have learnt that you cannot make people change or accept what they have done unless they're able to talk about it and forgive them selves through therapy and the people they hurt.. But I have also learned that only going through the pain you also begin to heal, by expressing your thoughts, writing them down. You have given alot of insight to people who are going through their issues, but more than that great explainations and resources for them to follow up on. It has been an eye opening book to read you give alot of information in laymans terms which every person can understand. Bless you for writing it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Enlightening autobiography 25 April 2013
By Thomas Kerr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a candid account of a girl's, and then a woman's, struggle with a reality clouded by disappointment and rage of growing up with an alcoholic father and the confusing and frightening episodes of psychosis she experiences. The story is heart-wrenching at times, but uplifting and victorious in the end. For someone who has not experienced or been so near to these diseases, this book gives insight that might allow a deeper understanding and awareness of people around us. We meet those affected by alcoholism and mental illness every day, but most often, we never know it, nor do we know how to respond. I am encouraged by the course this woman's life has taken due to her choice to move forward and never let her past ruin her future. She humbly acknowledges the help of several key people in her life as well as the Lord, our Creator. He says, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9) I think Barbara's life is a beautiful testament of this truth.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book to address mental health issues. 14 May 2014
By Lovestoread - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading Barbara's personal account of her mental health issues. This honest portrayal of her struggles with emotional issues can help anyone. Barbara is a great role model for woman of all ages to persevere and live a healthy and happy life. I especially liked the affirmations section where she discussed the power of forgiveness. We all hurt,and get hurt in relationships. The healthy and long lasting relationships learn to forgive.
"The Flight of the Phoenix" 19 May 2013
By SteelMag - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Barbara Altman chose to share her story of healing from depression and mental illness in her book. The task required her to visit the depths of the past and also to expand with hope for her future as a whole person. The greatest gift to us is to know that one can go into therapy and face one's demons and 'stuff' and come out of it, transformed, and renewed to live. It is said that you are never too old to have a great childhood. Barbara is all of this and more in the mature, thoughtful, introspective and very outgoing, loving woman, friend, teacher, and more. She is living testimony that persistence in working on one's issues can result in new life. I heard of her book and of her on Facebook through friends of friends, and then, I got to meet her in person over lunch. From this, I was delighted to get to read her book. The struggle with her sense of what is normal after growing up in a home where her male role model drank and her dominion over the monster he became from drinking is more than most adult children of alcoholics ever hope to face or reckon with. Her tenacity was born of her strong will to live and survive and it shows itself throughout the book and in her life. Her exceptional intellect was one of her largest resources. Simply put, she processed her pain, and her loss of knowing her father as a sober individual and came to acceptance, loved him for the good stuff, and learned to parent herself in wisdom, and grace. She is a delightful adult, and lives with a generous heart in Webster Groves, Mo teaching music to children and adults of all ages. I am very proud to know her, and to share my gratitude for her story with her, and with you. As a licensed professional counselor, with a master's in counseling and professional psychology, and having done my own personal work, I can honestly say that few books out there for others to read are so compellingly honest and healing to us all. It is a great and easy read. There is no need to be a professional to be able to grasp her experiences, and to learn from her, and to grow along with her. She celebrates living a full life with love in her heart for her family and her friends, and students every single day. Congratulations Barbara! You did it for everyone. From the ashes of your desolation, you grew wings and flew out of the darkness and into the light.
Judy Laughton Lilley, M.A., LPC
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
music therapy 16 Jun. 2014
By catmusicgirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Barbara, I thought you got your degree in music therapy from Maryville University. I went to school with you there
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