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Post by JR Mercier » 04 Jul 2018, 12:25

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Permission Granted: The Journey from Trauma to Healing" by Dr. Kathleen carterMartinez.]
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Permission Granted offers advice to those who are dealing with or dealt with trauma, and those who have loved ones dealing with trauma. Filled with insights, poems, and ways to gain control of your life, Permission Granted is a book needed in a time where increasing amounts of people are coming forward with their stories of sexual assault, abuse, and rape.

Dr.Kathleen carterMartinez Ed.D writes a calm read filled with motivation and some unpleasant truths. The theme around her teaching is that we are in control, recovery is a lifelong process, and loving yourself is critical. Her writing style combines her academic teachings with Native American inspirations and teachings, and Buddhist teachings, all nicely rounded off with some beautiful poetry. While I am no poetry buff, her poem ‘If all you can do’ was a wonderful reminder to do what you can and to power through.

The book is written in five parts, each part discussing a new theme. Part one: Trauma; part two: Choices; part three: Healing; part four: Recovery, and part five: Voices. Something I genuinely enjoyed was that after the conclusion, she added a 14th chapter containing anonymous stories from women that have endured their trauma.

Another thing I liked was that although there are Buddhist teachings, the author keeps it respectful and unobtrusive. The whole time while reading Permission Granted, I felt like Rafiki from The Lion King was imparting his wisdom on me while combing my hair. It contributed to a relaxing atmosphere that made me absorb a difficult subject with relative ease.
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While the book does look professionally edited, there were quite a few spelling errors and missed commas, as well as some words missing the letter ‘l’ and random capitalization in chapter 14. I'm glad to admit that it didn’t really distract from the whole read. The author also repeated many points, which I understand as it contributes to the whole theme, but sometimes it became a bit too repetitive. The writing would also become a bit pretentious by using words like ‘capitulate’ where it would have been better to merely use plainer English, especially with the subjects that were being dealt with.

I rate Permission Granted 3 out of 4 stars. The author’s motivations and teachings resonated with me and I am much more aware of what I say, and how to support those dealing with trauma. I would recommend Permission Granted to those dealing with their own trauma or who want to support a friend or a loved one who has dealt with trauma grow, move forward and prosper.

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Post by Kendra M Parker » 05 Jul 2018, 07:03

I know you mentioned traumas such as rape and sexual abuse, but what about traumas such as adoption or abandonment? Would this book be general enough to support healing from those types of traumas as well?

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Post by kdstrack » 05 Jul 2018, 08:09

The author has taken on a difficult subject. I really like how your review explains how this book could be helpful to people have suffered some of these traumas and have felt helpless. It is hard to break through the walls they have built up and receive help. Good job!

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Post by kandscreeley » 05 Jul 2018, 08:57

This is a book that is, unfortunately, very necessary today. I'm glad to say that I don't really have need of it, but it sounds wonderful for those who do. I'll keep it in mind for those that I know in my life. Thanks for the review.
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Post by JR Mercier » 05 Jul 2018, 09:55

Kendra M Parker wrote:
05 Jul 2018, 07:03
I know you mentioned traumas such as rape and sexual abuse, but what about traumas such as adoption or abandonment? Would this book be general enough to support healing from those types of traumas as well?
While it does predominantly focus on rape and sexual assault, I personally believe it could apply to any type of trauma.
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Post by JR Mercier » 05 Jul 2018, 09:58

kdstrack wrote:
05 Jul 2018, 08:09
The author has taken on a difficult subject. I really like how your review explains how this book could be helpful to people have suffered some of these traumas and have felt helpless. It is hard to break through the walls they have built up and receive help. Good job!
It is very hard and while she is sensitive, she treats the reader like an equal. She talks a lot about 'we' instead of 'I' and 'you'.
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Post by JR Mercier » 05 Jul 2018, 10:00

kandscreeley wrote:
05 Jul 2018, 08:57
This is a book that is, unfortunately, very necessary today. I'm glad to say that I don't really have need of it, but it sounds wonderful for those who do. I'll keep it in mind for those that I know in my life. Thanks for the review.
I think most people, like me, know someone who has gone through something like this and it's great that she writes for those that have dealt with trauma but also those seeking to help friends or family. It made a world difference to me.
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Post by Helen_Combe » 05 Jul 2018, 12:58

Great review, I’m glad it resonated with you which indicates that the book is doing its job.
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Post by KatSims92 » 05 Jul 2018, 15:00

I am always on board for finding quality books about trauma and recovering from it, for my own sake and for the sake of people I work with. I'll be checking this one out, I'm sure. It's also refreshing that she uses different cultural approaches and poetry.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 05 Jul 2018, 15:17

As you mentioned, I think most of us have either personally experienced some type of trauma or supported loved ones who have. This sounds like a relevant book with soothing undertones. Thank you for the recommendation!

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Post by KitabuKitamu » 05 Jul 2018, 21:26

This is a timely book in my opinion. A lot of trauma causing incidents and abuse have been happening of late and there are lots of people who need such a book for support.

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Post by JR Mercier » 06 Jul 2018, 02:41

Helen_Combe wrote:
05 Jul 2018, 12:58
Great review, I’m glad it resonated with you which indicates that the book is doing its job.
Completely agree. Thank you
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Post by JR Mercier » 06 Jul 2018, 03:24

KatSims92 wrote:
05 Jul 2018, 15:00
I am always on board for finding quality books about trauma and recovering from it, for my own sake and for the sake of people I work with. I'll be checking this one out, I'm sure. It's also refreshing that she uses different cultural approaches and poetry.
It was. She writes a much more personal read, which I enjoyed immensely. There was nothing clinical about this book.
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Post by JR Mercier » 06 Jul 2018, 03:25

Cecilia_L wrote:
05 Jul 2018, 15:17
As you mentioned, I think most of us have either personally experienced some type of trauma or supported loved ones who have. This sounds like a relevant book with soothing undertones. Thank you for the recommendation!
It is definitely very soothing and very important. Thank you for the lovely comment.
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Post by JR Mercier » 06 Jul 2018, 03:27

KitabuKitamu wrote:
05 Jul 2018, 21:26
This is a timely book in my opinion. A lot of trauma causing incidents and abuse have been happening of late and there are lots of people who need such a book for support.
It's great that people are comfortable enough to finally start talking about rape and sexual assault. I hope it brings with it some change.
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