4 out of 4 stars
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Unfortunately, many people grew up in abusive situations. However, once these people become adults, they have the power to break free and heal from their traumatic experiences. The Healing Moment: Seven Keys to Turn Messes into Miracles, written by Donna Marks, is a self-help book that intends to help readers work through their unresolved pain from abuse. Because the author had parents who abused alcohol, her opinions about healing from emotional trauma are justified. Her background in psychology also plays an excellent supporting role in this book. What are the seven keys to emotional healing? How does a person move forward and forgive the people who have done them wrong? Read this title to find out.
The first thing I noticed is the writing style of this book is not critical of the reader's situation. I have read self-help books that invalidate the reader's feelings, but this does not happen at any point in the book. Donna provides her own stories to show readers she knows how they feel and wants to help them. For example, she became addicted to drugs. After deciding she no longer wanted to feed her addiction, Donna attended a rehab meeting to begin moving forward and breaking her drug addiction. These meetings are where Donna met people who inspired and helped her through her healing process. These stories made me feel as if I was a friend of the author because I could sympathize with and understand her plight.
I also enjoyed the humor present in this title. In one of the keys, Donna gives readers tips on how to stand up for themselves and stop others from taking advantage of them. Have you ever had a co-worker who likes to take your office supplies off your desk and not return them? This analogy is what Donna uses to show readers how to stop enabling negative behaviors that the reader can control. One of the suggestions had me chuckling to myself due to the similarity to sibling rivalry.
Honestly, I found nothing to dislike in this book. All seven keys are chapter headings; readers won't become confused at any point. Each chapter ends with four to six questions for the reader to answer and ponder on. Donna demonstrates that she has been through many hardships but came out of them with a positive outlook on life. Hard work and determination are portrayed clearly throughout this title.
I learned a lot from the author about healing and moving on, and I feel it is because she has a strong passion for helping those who are hurting. The Healing Moment: Seven Keys to Turn Messes into Miracles deserves the maximum score of 4 out of 4 stars. Because Jesus is mentioned many times in the book, readers who do not believe in Christianity may not enjoy it as much. If Christian beliefs do not bother the reader, I see no reason why they would not like this book. I recommend this book to readers who want to move forward from emotional trauma. Readers who have struggled with drug addiction may find hope and peace while reading this book too.
The Healing Moment
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