February 26, 2012

Review & #Giveaway - Recovering The Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing


Recovering The Self is a quarterly journal which explores the themes of recovery and healing through poetry, memoir, essays, fiction, humor, media reviews and psycho-education. Areas of concern include aging, disabilities, health, abuse recovery, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Contributors come from around the world to provide a mirror of the experience of peoples of all cultures and beliefs.

Eating disorder recovery
Psychological First Aid
Enlightened parenting
Ethnicity and culture
Personal growth
Abuse recovery
Heart disease
Life choices
Stress Management
Living with ADHD
AIDS Orphans - how you can help
Book and Film Reviews
and much more!


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.

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.


  1. Thanks for taking the time to read our Journal, Bridget, and above all having the courage to talk about your own experiences. If there is anything that we hoped to achieve with RTS Journal, engaging the reader to think about their own life was it!

  2. As Maureen
    I like the posting that was talking about sleep and its effect on you in so many different ways.

  3. I like the Ask The Theraphist section.

  4. I like the Ask the Therapist section.
    theresa n

  5. My sister works in a nursing home so reading about dimensia would be something she'd love to read about
    sandy1955 at comcast dot net

  6. You can buy it at Barnes and Noble or Amazon :)

  7. I learned 5 reasons that motivation is important.

  8. I like the guest blogger features. The one on motivation is thought provoking.

  9. I like the guest blogger features. The one on motivation is thought provoking.

  10. Sherri J. I liked the article on cancer and how to handle it. Very helpful tips on handling this traumatic diagnosis.

  11. BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.comMarch 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    I love that it can be bought at barnes and noble.

  12. I like that the site has forums.