Survival Skills: How to Handle Life's Catastrophes

Survival Skills: How to Handle Life's Catastrophes

by Rae Simons
     
 

Life is full of trouble and difficulties, but it is also full of beauty and joy. Every day you face your own set of problems. Every day, you deal with these issues, struggling through them, working to survive and become a stronger and better person. People who have survived difficult or terrible things have much to teach us. Facing cancer, natural disasters,

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Life is full of trouble and difficulties, but it is also full of beauty and joy. Every day you face your own set of problems. Every day, you deal with these issues, struggling through them, working to survive and become a stronger and better person. People who have survived difficult or terrible things have much to teach us. Facing cancer, natural disasters, domestic abuse, and violence, these survivors' lives have been changed forever. As they dealt with their experiences, they discovered things about their own lives and their view of the world changed. What possible good could come out of such things? What could we learn from those who have survived these things? The skills these survivors have learned from their experiences can give you the tools to deal with the struggles and difficulties you face in your own life. The things they have gone through are often terrible, but they have chosen to learn from them and grow through them, finding hope and something positive in the middle of pain and disaster.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Courtney Huse Wika
Each of these series books offers engaging information and trustworthy advice for several real-life situations, including cancer and life-threatening diseases, racism, surviving in the wilderness, life's catastrophes, and school violence. Survival Skills begins with a brief and accessible discussion of the psychology of stress and its role in adolescence, and offers twelve pieces of advice for overcoming difficult experiences and catastrophes. These tips are derived from a special set of skills exhibited by survivors of personal, physical, and natural disasters and serve as a foundation for the chapters that follow, including "Find Positive Channels for your Anger" and "Connect to Something Bigger than Yourself." A similar approach is used in Students in Danger. This book is dedicated to explaining the psychology of school violence through real-life examples and stories. The book discusses the highly publicized school shootings of Columbine, Virginia Tech, and the West Nickel Mines Schoolhouse and attempts to make sense of such seemingly senseless violence. It also discusses bullying as another, and often overlooked, form of school violence, emphasizing its prevalence and the fact that students who are victims of such treatment are not alone. Each book advances the idea that although humankind may suffer certain catastrophes, acts of violence, or other life-threatening and life-changing experiences, there is always hope and help. These high-quality books feature important, and sometimes complex, information in an easy-to-read format, offering high-gloss photographs, marginal glossary notes, concept definitions, a bibliography, and further reading recommendations. Eachbook is packed with interesting, thought-provoking information for the adolescent reader. What makes the installments especially engaging and relevant is their frequent use of personal stories and interviews. For example, the school violence installment not only narrates experiences of school shootings survivors but also highlights individual celebrities' battles with school bullying, such as Tiger Woods, Chris Rock, Bill Clinton, and Christina Aguilera, among others. Well-written and engaging, these personal stories help make the issue at hand more concrete, rather than abstract and general. In this way, readers are able to apply the information to their own lives and connect with the idea beyond a simple definition. Reviewer: Courtney Huse Wika

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422204566
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Series:
Survivors Series: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Circumstances
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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