My Favorite Books

The Walking Drum
Ender's Game
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Curse of Chalion
The Name of the Wind
Chronicles of the Black Company
The Faded Sun Trilogy
The Tar-Aiym Krang

Sunday, April 9, 2023

Review: Triumph Over Trauma: Find Healing and Wholeness from Past Pain

Triumph Over Trauma: Find Healing and Wholeness from Past Pain Triumph Over Trauma: Find Healing and Wholeness from Past Pain by Gregory L. Jantz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Written in three (3) parts, this book looks at how we experience trauma, how trauma affects us and how we can recover from trauma. Each chapter is fairly short, introduces a single concept clearly in easily understood/common language that is generally supported by some research or study and a brief reference to scripture and/or faith in God. It is not as heavy handed as many religious self-help books that I have encountered, but for readers that generally eschew any spirituality, it might be distracting or otherwise difficult to get by. I thought it stuck a good balance. The chapters ended with a “Your Personal Healing Steps” that seemed to be very pointed and practical … making the over all book very well organized. The author was clearly able to comfortably cover holistic/non-traditional medicine such as aromatherapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, et al and included a good review of each in Appendix A and a reference to organizations that can help with trauma in Appendix C. Over all, with my somewhat amateur exposure and limited training to the subject of trauma, I couldn’t find any fault in the material nor did I have any trouble understanding it (which was expected for something targeting people who have either experienced trauma or are supporting someone who has). As such, I have not reservations in giving this book high marks across the board.

Part 1 - Broken: Trauma Strikes Suddenly or Gradually
1. The Truth Will Set You Free
2. Hope amid Heartache
3. Ten Truths about Trauma

Part 2 - Trauma: The Loss of Your True Self
4. Repressed and Depressed
5. Emotional Pain, Physical Problems
6. Interrupted Circuitry
7. Wary and Watchful
8. Crushed in Spirit
9. Bright Future Dimmed

Part 3 - Recovery: The Way Back to Your True Self
10. Restore Your Freedom
11. Revisit the Hurt
12. Revitalize Your Body
13. Reset Your Brian
14. Reconnect with People
15. Revise Your Script
16. Reclaim Your Power
17. Reinforce Your Spirituality
18. A Closing Word

Appendix A - Proven and Promising Treatments for Trauma Recovery
Appendix B - Avoid “Anesthesia”to Soothe Your Pain
Appendix C - Recommended Resources

I was given this free advance reader copy (ARC) ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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My Ratings Explained ...

  • [ ***** ] Amazing Read - Perfect story, exciting, engrossing, well developed complex characters, solid plot with few to no holes, descriptive environments and place settings, great mystery elements, realistic dialogue, believable reactions and behaviors; a favorite that I can re-read many times.
  • [ **** ] Great Read - Highly entertaining and enjoyable, exciting storyline, well developed characters and settings, a few discrepancies but nothing that can’t be overlooked. Some aspect of the story was new/refreshing to me and/or intriguing. Recommended for everyone.
  • [ *** ] Good Read - Solid story with a 'good' ending, or has some other redeeming feature. Limited character development and/or over reliance on tropes. Noticeable discrepancies in world building and/or dialog/behavior that were distracting. I connected enough with the characters/world to read the entire series. Most of the books I read for fun are here. Recommended for fans of the genre.
  • [ ** ] Okay Read - Suitable for a brief, afternoon escape … flat or shallow characters with little to no development. Over the top character dialog and/or behavior. Poor world building with significant issues and/or mistakes indicating poor research. Excessive use of trivial detail, info dumps and/or pontification. Any issues with the story/characters are offset by some other aspect that I enjoyed. Not very memorable. May only appeal to a niche group of readers. Recommended for some (YMMV).
  • [ * ] Bad Read - Awkward and/or confusing writing style. Poor world building and/or unbelievable (or unlikeable) characters. Victimization, gaslighting, blatant abuse, unnecessary violence, child endangerment, or any other highly objectionable behaviors by Main characters. I didn't connect with the story at all; significant aspects of this story irritated me enough that I struggled to finished it. Series was abandoned. Not recommended.