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Truth Be Told: A Memoir of Success, Suicide, and Survival

Truth Be Told: A Memoir of Success, Suicide, and Survival

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by Lucinda Bassett

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“Suicide haunts you as something to hide, something to be ashamed of, something that keeps reminding you that your family is damaged, scarred . . . It's a dark, ugly secret that you don't want to share.”
From bestselling author and self-help guru Lucinda Bassett, comes an intimate and empowering memoir. A few years ago, Bassett's husband and


“Suicide haunts you as something to hide, something to be ashamed of, something that keeps reminding you that your family is damaged, scarred . . . It's a dark, ugly secret that you don't want to share.”
From bestselling author and self-help guru Lucinda Bassett, comes an intimate and empowering memoir. A few years ago, Bassett's husband and business partner, David, committed suicide after an agonizing year's struggle with mental illness. Lucinda and her children were devastated. Unbelievably, within just a few months of his death, she lost her brother, and then her mother. And to add to the overwhelming anguish she was already experiencing, Lucinda was then forced to sell her business during an economic downturn. In this gripping account, Bassett digs deep inside herself to uncover the patterns of guilt, blame, anger, and shame she experienced throughout her life, and how they resurfaced and related to these horrific and painful recent tragedies. Her remarkable story is one of complete and candid intimacy, personal introspection, courage, pain, perseverance, and, ultimately, healing.

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“The human spirit inspires all of us to help another, with the benefit of our own experiences, trials, and tribulations. Lucinda's book is an honest, open, quieting story that so many spouses and family members who have lost loved ones, or experienced extreme tragedy, will learn from. Love and honesty with one another is what improves us all, and Lucinda does just that in Truth Be Told. It is so worth reading!”
--Delilah, National radio personality and author
"Truth Be Told tells an intimate, powerful, and riveting story of success and loss. Everyone has tragedies in their lives; it is what one does with them that matters most. This book will be an inspiration to many, especially to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. I highly recommend it." --Daniel Amen, MD
“Having been honored to review Lucinda Bassett's remarkable memoir, this day ends with a feeling of gratitude and peace. Lucinda's capacity for love, empathy, and forgiveness is her key to the immortality. I believe that destiny follows from a life that touches fellow travelers in those shared moments of love and beauty that transcend the inevitable losses that intrude in this gift of being.” --Owen Stanley Surman, MD, Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

"Lucinda Bassett's life journey will inspire others to move beyond extreme pain and find peace again. I recommend this book to anyone who has experienced loss and heartbreak-and that would be just about everyone." --Kenny Loggins, Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, and author
"This is an incredibly moving and candid story of one the most loving and successful couples in direct-response television who made it their business to help people. In this powerful memoir, Lucinda has chosen once again to use her pain and struggle to help others heal. A beautiful tribute to her husband, and an inspiring read for anyone who has experienced tragedy or loss." --Bill Guthy, Cofounder of Guthy-Renker
"These are difficult times, and many people are experiencing tremendous anxiety, loss, and tragedy. This compelling memoir is a timely reminder that hope, loved ones, patience, and strong conviction and belief in your own ability to survive, and eventually thrive again, will ultimately get you through and absolutely make you stronger. An excellent, intimate, and highly motivating read." --George J. Pratt, PhD, co-author of Code to Joy and past chairman of psychology at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA

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Founder and former CEO of the Midwest Center For Stress and Anxiety, Lucinda Bassett is a nationally acclaimed motivational speaker and bestselling author of The Solution (Sterling), From Panic to Power (HarperCollins), and Life Without Limits (HarperCollins in hardcover; William Morrow in paper). Her life-changing techniques for conquering anxiety and depression have been shared with a variety of major corporations such as AT&T and McDonalds, and professional associations such as LPGA and the AIDS Foundation, as well as many educational institutions. She has appeared on hundreds of national radio and television programs including Oprah!, The View, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Robert Schuller's Hour of Power. Bassett and her emotional wellness solutions have been featured in a variety of high-profile publications including Health, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan, and the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

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Truth Be Told: A Memoir of Success, Suicide, and Survival 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no shame in sharing that Lucinda's Attacking Anxiety and Depression program literally lifted me up from my struggles - been a fan ever since! Truth Be Told has showed me another side of Lucinda's life. I relate to her story wholeheartedly and could not put her book her down. This is a MUST read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucinda, YOU are the opening to life's reality to the recovering soul of many losses and tragedies. ..you hit the nail on the head! Your memoir reassures that, we, in this world of unexpected tragedies, a reality we have very much in common, life does goes on. ..you let the audience know. ..it still hurts, grief is still there and yes, we still get ambushed by tears unexpectedly...but through all of it, we can smile again. ..even laugh and feel genuine joy. ..again. .. I know we are supposed to be our own safe place...and through your books I have honestly embraced that thought...but I remember, sitting on the edge of my bed, wide awake, one morning at 3am with with my depression and anxiety...the TV was on. ..I asked God to please send me help...I was exhausted. ..after I said that little prayer. ..your infomercial popped up on the TV...there you were. ..through God's grace, you were the beacon of light that saved my life that night...my light house. ..I conquered my anxieties and depression through your program ..and when tragedies continued to trickle through my life as yours did. ..Truth Be Told slam dunked my soul! Lucinda, you are God's chosen. ..through your tragedies and your vulnerability to share your experiences so openly. ..through your pain. ..you have saved lives. .. I know that is probably a bitter sweet compliment. ..but be that as it may. ..you are beautifully true. ..to the core! I share your name and encourage others to read your books all the time! Please know, your family, your life and your continued successes will forever remain in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and yours always. ... Regina Ruiz, one of your biggest fans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Combines autobiography and helpful knowledge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I was inspired from cover to cover. Lucinda Bassett has lead such a life and rose above difficulties. I am inspired and determined to do the same for my life. She is my V8 moment for my life. I recommend!
tony_montana More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that reads very quickly. I'd rather not reveal too many of the stories details, suffice it to say, I cried more than once before I got to the last page. This is a very honest and emotional tale that REALLY proves the old adage, "Whatever doesn't kill you, can only make you stronger." I highly recommend this book.
JB04 More than 1 year ago
An opportune read most helpful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got an early copy of the book from a friend last week.  I had a difficult childhood growing up and my family was less than perfect.  I never spoke about my tragedy or pain or sought professional help.  I kept everything to myself and thought I looked fine, I was never truly happy or at peace on the inside.  I was hesitant to read this as I'm not much of a self-help book reader but I promised my friend so I gave it a shot...I'm insanely glad that I did.  I'm a huge cynic but I found myself sympathizing and understand Lucinda's pain and struggles.  They were moving, honest, real, and engaging.  More than anything, they gave me hope about coming out stronger.  I didn't know I was suffering as much as I was, until this book helped me realize the truth.  Then it helped me start to move past it.  Please give this a shot.  If you're skeptical, you won't be after.  And if you are, I hope you find help elsewhere.  But maybe, and I believe so, this book can help just about anybody.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truth Be Told tells a powerful story of challenge and loss. The truth of the matter is that everyone goes through tragedies in their lives. Finding ways to overcome them is how we evolve. This book has been an inspiration to me and believe it will serve the same purpose to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucinda has done it again. Her books have shed so much light into my life and Truth Be Told is no different! Sharing a similar story of pain and loss, this book makes you step a couple steps back and rethink all of the elements that make up your life. Life is beautiful. Thanks Lucinda!
brightlights33 More than 1 year ago
I was previously unfamiliar with Luncinda Bassett and the wonderful work that she does helping others.  But after a friend recommended this book to me during a difficult time in my life, I am now a fan for life.  Her tragic and touching story kept me reading and feeling like here was someone who could really connect with those going through extreme grief.  She isn't some disconnected individual with a fancy title listing out steps to improving yourself (which is what I had always associated books of this nature to be).  Instead she is someone who has gone through the pain and suffering that many of us go through and need help with.  Truth Be Told was very inspirational and I can honestly say that it helped me get back to being me.  Thank you, Lucinda!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Lucinda's for over 10 years. Her Attacking Anxiety and Depression program saved my live. I am also an advocate of Lucinda's book The Solution, where she empowers you to go from re-active think to becoming a pro-active thinker. When I initially heard about the loss of her husband David I cried for her, knowing that she is a wonderful person who has helped so many people. I was curious to know the story behind the self-help guru Lucinda Bassett, so I ordered Truth Be Told from Barnes and Noble. Well, from the moment I picked up the book I could not put it down. Lucinda has such a beautiful story and I am so grateful that she was able to open up and share it with her fans that have been following her for years. I do not want to give away the story to those who have not yet had the opportunity to read it, but I will say this, get your tissues out and clear you schedule because you will not want to put this book down once you start reading.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!  If you have ever survived a tough time in your life then you must read this book.  The challenges that we all face live with us daily and the way she puts in perspective is healthy and gives me hope.  A must read!!
BrightLight More than 1 year ago
Having used a gift card to purchase Truth Be Told, and having lost a daughter to suicide (after her molest as a girl) I was greatly disappointed with the structure of the memoir and the fact that the discussion of the suicide happened in only a couple of chapters in the end I have many books on the topic of mental illness, and this one leaves much to be desired. If I'd browsed through it on a shelf I would not  have bought it. It treated more of the author than of the illness, truth be told.