Description: This is one of the premier books regarding trauma and resilience. The author successfully provides the framework and in-depth explanations for her concept of the Phoenix Phenomenon which describes one's ability to convert pain into growth.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide those in the mental health field with new knowledge and skills to address the aftermath of injuries incurred by sudden trauma and the unpredictability of the world around us. On a much larger scale, the book provides a much needed tone of hope and optimism which many readers will find both refreshing and stimulating.
Audience: At a basic level, anyone in the mental health field who is a clinician or researcher involved in trauma will undoubtedly find this to be a valuable reading experience. Graduate students, and to some extent clients who are at an appropriate level in their treatment, will appreciate this book. The author brings an abundance of compassion and knowledge from over 30 years of experience in the trauma field to this book.
Features: The book is only 161 pages long, yet is surprisingly in depth and wonderfully written. The various levels of trauma are discussed with particular emphasis on not only 9/11 but women and trauma. The role that cancer plays in trauma is a poignant and moving chapter. What is most interesting is the author's concept of the Phoenix Phenomenon, a concept that will transform how you understand trauma and allow you to further appreciate resiliency. Various healing exercises are discussed, and a strong chapter on forgiveness rounds out this book.
Assessment: This is truly a tour de force and one of the best books written on trauma. Readers will have a difficult time putting this book down and will certainly read it cover to cover. This is a must read for all clinicians and researchers involved in the field of trauma.