Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I Will Not Be Broken - Jerry White

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I love to read books about people, their lives, their loves. When they're true stories; when they have a wisdom to impart, it's even better.

Jerry White is one of the leaders of the Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines. He helped found "Survivor Corps" - an organization that helps those impacted by global conflict.

Jerry's story, and the stories of the people he's met through his work are amazing. Even more uplifting is his advice to overcoming a life crisis. Whatever that crisis may be. Death? Divorce? Serious illness?

Five Steps. Five steps to getting through it. Five steps to coming out stronger.

I'm not generally the kind of person who says, "Get over it, get on with it." I feel things genuinely and deeply. "Crises" affect me for the long-term. I wasn't sure I'd be able to review this book positively if it was a "pick yourself up by the bootstraps" type of advice.

It's not.

It's inspiring. The people are wonderfully real. Their stories will break your heart. Their strength will lift you up. You'll learn to understand "before" and "after".
  1. Face Facts
  2. Choose Life
  3. Reach Out
  4. Get Moving
  5. Give Back
One of my favorite chapters, though, is "Helping Others Get Through Catastrophe: Or, How to Not Make Things Worse". I never know what exactly to say. I don't know what to do when a friend is going through a rough time.

This book was worth it to me for this chapter alone.

As a kickoff for this site - and to celebrate this first review, I'm going to award a copy of this book to a random commenter - so you can have your own little dose of inspiration.

Love,
Ree, the Hotfessional

24 comments:

RC said...

Okay, popping over to look around...

CelticBuffy said...

Sounds like an interesting read. My life with Mr. Ex was generally one crisis & catastrophe after another. I bet I could learn a lot from this book! If I don't win it will be going on my Amazon book list. Maybe I should take the book title as my new slogan! :)

Solomon said...

The book sounds fascinating. And pulling oneself up by the bootstraps isn't always a good idea. Denial doesn't help, generally. :)

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mysecondjournal said...

This may be good..Yep.. OK I wanna win!

HalfAsstic.com said...

Wow! How neat! I love to read also, and don't even have any book review sites that I go to regularly. Until now.
This will be great!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Hello - I'm a random commenter. And I need something to read.

M. said...

This actually seems like a book I'd like to read; please enter me in your fancy contest. Keep the reviews coming, I enjoy reading your blogs!

witchypoo said...

Two blogs, oh LOrdy. This book likes like a winnah. Do I? Hope so, because I'm gonna have to have a non-library book with me when I travel this summer. One that I can leave behind to a grateful friend when I've finished reading it. Unless you write in it. Then I keep it.

Chelsea said...

I never know what to say or do either. I am always afraid of just making it worse.

coastrat said...

Sounds like an interesting book...
Wish you well on this blog, too!

Jess in MA said...

Oh, another blog! Girl, you are type happy! Good for you! I love to read, it's sort of an issue when there is no more room in the house, at all because of all the books. But I looove the books. Way more than say, space hogs like laundry detergent or cereal boxes. Ahem, anyway, book reviews will be fun to share- hooray!

Pamela said...

Super cool. I'd love to read it!

Shilly Sit Knitter said...

OOOOO this is going to be fun. I LOVE reading!!! I just don't seem to have the time to read as much as I want to anymore. This blog will be helpful to pick some good ones.

Charmed said...

I would love to read this book!

My Re of Sun said...

You go girl! two blogs - double the fun!! I'm actually interested to see what you review. I love to read too but I have to do the 'I don't wanna think' reading. The book does sound inspiring though!

Family Adventure said...

Sounds like a book I could definitely use. I always find it difficult to say the right thing when bad things happen to friends...so much so, I often just avoid the whole thing. Which is SO the wrong thing to do. I know that, and am working on it...

Nice new site :)

Heidi

DogsDontPurr said...

"How Not to Make Things Worse."
Yep...I need to read that!

Lyvvie said...

I love you! And I'm sure I'll love your book site, too.

Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity said...

that sounds like an awesome book!

Jill said...

Looks good!

Myst_72 said...

Sounds like a good read!

G
xx

Anonymous said...

Count me in.
BTW I love your blog.
Heidi, Reno

HalfAsstic.com said...

That one particular chapter you mentioned is reason enough to buy it. It's not so hard to know the right thing to say to the super close friends that you know inside and out. But much harder to know what to say to spit out to friends that you're not that close to and don't know as well.

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