A Work in Progress: Triumphing over Mental Illness

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  • ISBN-13: 9781615669424
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 167
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2010

    Big dud

    As someone who suffers from mental illness, it is understandable how environmental factors can affect your mentality. However, that is no excuse for a loss of morals. It sounds more like your blaming your behavior on your failed marriage, then you and your lack of morals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2010

    "The Apple Doesn't fall far from the tree."

    After reading this silly book the first thing that comes to my mind is: THANK GOD this woman is not teaching children anymore. Can you imagine? Someone who commits adultery in the classroom while grading papers and uses the lame excuse that her husband only wanted oral sex as the reason for her adulterous behavior in a SCHOOL CLASS ROOM where innocent little children sit each day makes me ill. Obviously the author had already lost her mind by this point but she spends more time "thanking" an estimated 50,000 people in the beginning of this yawn-of-a-read for her so-called recovery than she does examining the reasons she went over the edge. Don't get me wrong - I understand this is about HER and her decent into hell, but one can't help but wonder about all the people she hurt after she flushed herself down the toilet. Her "husband" has a name doesn't he? Isn't he a person? What about the wife of the janitor? The janitor's children? Doesn't the author think how much she may have hurt these people? Her effort to try and smoothly slide over this aspect of the story tells me that she is hiding a lot of details the reader isn't getting about her life. Again, I know this is about her but in order for the reader to get a sympathetic view of her and her "recovery" it is mandatory for us to know what THEIR side of the story is as well as hers. Then we can get a full picture of what went on. Her pitiful attempt to gloss over her husband, her boyfriend, his wife and other details makes it obvious she is hiding something. And if she is hiding something, then she is not a credible source and can't be treated seriously. Personally, if this mentally ill woman was still teaching, I would put my children into a private school. If she is so unstable that she breaks every rule of common sense while teaching innocent children, then she should not be anywhere near children. Instead of feeling sorry for her or happy that she is "recovered" I get angry thinking about her finger pointing and lack of remorse for the lasting damage she caused and the fact she doesn't seem to be remotely interested in saying she is sorry for all the pain she inflicted upon others. Instead of "thanking" everyone from Moses to Lindsay Lohan (most of whom probably don't even remember who she is!) she needs to back peddle and re-examine her so-called "recovery." In my opinion, she isn't even close to ending this story and can hardly be considered a "role model" for anyone who has suffered through the horrors of mental illness. The author is blindly unaware of the fact that it is now common knowledge among scientists that mental illness is passed down in the genes from one generation to another. Sadly, they have yet to identify a way to stop t his from happening. But if she wonders what caused her illness, she should take a look at her family tree before blaming her ex-husband or other factors for her illness.

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  • Posted August 4, 2010

    shame on the author and anyone who supports this book of lies

    As the sister to "the husband" in this FICTION book, it greatly saddens and angers me to see that 19-years after my family endured the nightmare Sally created in our lives, she still cannot be truthful about the events that took place. I admittedly have not read her FICTION book in its entirety, as I refuse to spend even a few dollars to support such a farce. However, I was able to read enough to get the FALSE underlying message that my brother was a horrible husband who preyed on her insecurities. I realize that Ms. Nitz is in fact mentally ill. However, that is no excuse for the utter evil that she and her parents have brought into this world. Throughout the pages I was able to read, I was amazed at the flat-out lies she wrote.

    My brother did NOT go out drinking at night, leaving her home alone. In fact, Sally was the one who did not come home at night while he waited there for her. She was too busy having an affair with a married janitor from her school building. Mentally ill or not - adultery is WRONG. Committing adultery in an elementary classroom after hours is despicable behavior. Which brings me to a point I want to share: That janitor's wife had every right to attack Sally when she caught them alone in her classroom - as Sally and this woman's husband were NOT just talking at the time. How dare Sally speak of this affair in her book without even one word of apology to the man's wife or her own husband with whom she vowed to be faithful? In her book, how dare she mention the janitor in her endless list of people to whom she owes thanks! Does she not regret the heartache she (and the janitor) caused their spouses and family? Her "miscarriage" took place before we had knowledge of her affair, but considering the fact it occurred during the time she was being unfaithful to her husband, in hindsight causes the whole pregnancy and "miscarriage" to be rather suspect. Even so, my brother loved his wife and was willing to stand by her in spite of the heartache her behavior had caused. He vowed to love and cherish her until death and he took that vow seriously.

    After Sally's parents convinced her to leave my brother, he still loved and cared for her greatly. He never spoke (and to this day has not) of her meanly and was heartbroken that he could not help her through her illness. So, the part in this FICTION book when Sally writes of going to my brother's school and again, FALSLY describes his treatment of her, leaves me utterly amazed at her ability to blatantly LIE!! I remember that night as though it were yesterday. My mother and I got a heartbreaking call from my brother that he was with Sally and they were going to the hospital. He was terribly upset and worried (NOT angry or annoyed as Sally's FICTION book depicts). We drove there and I witnessed a kindness from him towards Sally that revealed his deep love for this woman even though she had betrayed him. I knew then (and still know) that my brother is one of the kindest men I have ever known.

    In conclusion, when I first heard of Sally's book, I had hoped she had made peace with her life and had taken the opportunity to make right the wrongs she had committed. I assumed she had better clarity of mind and was appalled by her past behavior and treatment of others. Sadly, she did not. I suppose that will not happen until she stands before God and all that is true about her despicable behavior is revealed.

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

    more from this reviewer


    Brousing through this book was a challenge because of the lazy method it was written. The author skims over her failed marriage without giving the reader any details as to why this marriage was a failure. The reader is left with the idea that this marriage failed because of her husband, yet it seems to me the author was at fault for the failure. It can't be easy living with someone who thinks she is being followed by the FBI or having mental issues. She shows no remorse for her failings as a wife and how much pain and hurt she may have caused her husband and his family. She is also shockingly insensitive to her black boyfriend's wife and the fact she committed adultery with a married man and hurt his wife and family as well as that of her husband and his family. Seems to me she feels it was ok to hurt others while on her "work in progress" and shows no remorse or makes no amends to those she hurt while on this journey. Is this being a Christian? I wonder. Sounds to me like she needs to work more on her mental health instead of claiming she has triumphed over her demons. Then she might be able to find peace within herself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

    Very honest and enlightning!

    This book did an awesome job of narrowing the gap between those that suffer with mental illness and those that don't. Very enlightning!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2010

    A Work In Progress

    As mother of "the husband" so callously referred to in this partially fictional book, I can say this book was written for one of two reasons: 1. To gain money from a very sad, unhappy, sordid event that happened 18 years ago and hurt many undeserving people, or 2. To rid the author's conscience of her ungodly actions by subtley blaming another. Not true! I was there and experienced the complete naiveness, surprise and shock and breakdown of my son after visiting the home of the black man she was involved with and the truth was revealed. I had many long talks with his wife who was a very Godly woman and a wonderful mother and found out many things not mentioned in her book. Also the mental illness symptoms/conditions she explains sound like the author copied out of a medical journal. Plagiarism? This books was very self-serving and what I call a "conscience ridder." There is complete documentation on this divorce from the court, lawyers, School Board and many people in the teaching business. This whole incident was a black mark on all teachers and whether it had to do with her "mental illness" or brought on by her own desires, only God will know and judge. It was a very heartbreaking time for all my family but I did find peace through prayer eventually. But, at this late date, I cannot sit by and see my son slandered, thus this review. There is so much more on the pregnacy, personal matters, etc. I will not go into but we need to pray for Sally who I honestly loved like a daughter. God does work in mysterious ways and if this book helps rid her of her "demons", so be it.

    Another thought just occurred to me today. Again, if she has found peace and redemption why go into this dirty
    mess that does nothing but hurt other people. Where is God's love in this? Makes you wonder about the sincerity and motive of the book which I doubt very much is to "help" others. Also, how do you become pregnant through oral sex? Give that some thought.

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