Julia received the call every parent dreads: her daughter Barbara has been killed in a car accident. Still reeling from her loss months later, Julia embarks on a fascinating journey into her inner world of metaphors, uncovering wounds both new and old that she must heal before she can embrace living again.
Read the actual transcripts of Julia's twelve sessions with her counselor Gina Campbell, whose comments from the facilitator's chair reveal how uncovering the metaphors that deepen Julia's self-exploration open her to new possibilities and healing. Campbell uses Clean Language, a questioning method developed by innovative coach and counselor David Grove, that gives voice to the subconscious mind's healing wisdom. A deep respect for Julia's self-directed journey shines through Campbell's patient questions that lead to surprisingly profound discoveries.
Each chapter of Hope in a Corner of My Heart includes an activity with the same Clean Language questions used to guide Julia so you can take your own journey to get to better know your best self.
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A Little Green Plant
As Julia arrives for her first session, I am immediately aware of the sense of quiet grace she radiates. An attractive woman in her mid-60s with almost-white hair and vivid blue eyes, she settles in the chair of her choice. Arranging her belongings around her, she launches into her story without hesitation.
She is married to Alex, who is fifteen years her senior. When they were younger, their age difference seemed insignificant. But now that he is aging and his health is failing, she finds her role as a caregiver commands most of her time.
"I still love Alex deeply," she sighs, "but I miss acutely the activities we used to share, like sailing and traveling. My life is quieter now, growing more narrow by the week."
Julia, too, has some health issues with her eyesight and arthritis, problems she anticipates are likely to worsen in the future and limit her as well.
She brightens a bit as she describes the three grandchildren she delights in and her daughter Laura, who lives out of state. And then there is her other daughter.
It has taken Julia a while to work up to sharing this part of her story. Eight months ago, her daughter Barbara was killed in a car accident. Julia talks about the shock of her loss, of the phone that rang with what sounded like an ordinary ring, of the message that abruptly rocked her world.
"Each morning when I first wake up, gradually coming to consciousness, it feels like a normal day, and then I remember: Barbara is dead. It's like I've just gotten the phone call, and I've just realized all over again that she's gone." Julia takes a tight breath. "It's like no time has passed, though it's been months. That's why I have come to see you."
I consider the other losses, in addition to Barbara, that Julia is grieving: her old relationship with her husband, her own decline in health, the favorite activities that have had to be given up. She most likely has other losses in her long life, too. A new significant loss has a way of reviving other losses.
But rather than getting mired in more details about what has happened in either the distant or recent past, I begin by focusing Julia's attention on developing a clear idea of what it is she wants now. Problems that get in the way of achieving these desires will reveal themselves, and that is how we'll know what is relevant to work on and in what order she needs and wants to address them.
For Julia to put into her own words what it is she wants and to say it aloud will put all of her — mind, body, and spirit — in touch with what she is seeking. It is a vision that can encourage and sustain her until, in her words, she flowers again.
Session #1 July 10th
We pick up this Clean Language session where it formally begins once Julia has shared her background story. I ease in with a repetition of some of the exact words Julia has used to describe her family and her issues, letting her hear them again. They invite her to slip into a mindful, trance-like state where the outside world recedes and her focus can settle on her inner world.
"And Barbara, and she's gone. And Alex and his declining health. No more sailing and traveling. And your health and limits. And Laura and your grandchildren. And when all that, what would you like to have happen?"
Gazing out the window with a view of the garden, Julia begins. "I don't know. I have lost the sense of who I am and what I want."
She describes a life spent devoted to caring for others as the oldest of many siblings, as a wife and mother, and as a psychiatric nurse. Now she questions always having put others first.
"And lost a sense of who you are and what you want. And caring for others ... always having put others first. And when all that, what would you like to have happen now?"
"I want to leave the past behind and find a new source of motivation that comes up from my own sense of pleasure. I want a reason to get up in the morning, to go on."
"And a new source of motivation that comes up from your own sense of pleasure. And is there anything else about that sense of pleasure that's your own?"
"I would know it."
"And you would know it. And what kind of sense is that sense of pleasure you would know?"
"It's a joyful, moving-forward feeling inside myself."
"And a joyful, moving-forward feeling inside. And whereabouts inside?"
"In my heart."
"And in your heart. And when there's a joyful, moving-forward feeling inside you, in your heart, then what happens?"
"My heart would be lighter." Julia pauses. She seems a bit surprised by this discovery. "I need to express myself truthfully, be who I am."
While speaking her truth and being who she is sound like fundamental needs, zeroing in on them too quickly and too directly is apt to put Julia "into her head," where she might start analyzing them. Getting her into that space creates the risk of leaving Julia's subconscious' stuck points unrevealed, especially as this is her first Clean Language session.
"And be who you are. Express yourself truthfully. And a lighter heart and a joyful, moving-forward feeling. And when a joyful, moving-forward feeling inside, in your heart, what kind of moving is that moving?"
"Oh, it's relaxed, natural, spontaneous, thoughtless. Not from my head."
"And when it's relaxed, natural, spontaneous, thoughtless, a joyful, moving-forward, that's a natural, joyful, moving-forward ... like ... what?"
"Like a newborn lamb, small, creamy white, and cute."
"And is there anything else about that small, creamy white, cute newborn lamb?"
"It's frolicking, just discovering how beautiful life is. She's free to have new experiences that develop as she sees beauty around her. She's full of energy, dumb, happy, less in her head. She's following her impulses."
Julia's eyes are closed, and she smiles weakly. "The lamb has lots more energy than I have. I don't feel I have any energy."
"And when you don't feel you have any energy, what would you like to have happen?"
"I'd like to have that energy."
"And what kind of energy is that energy that lamb has, that you'd like to have?"
"It's like a day in the park, happy children playing, a carousel, people to talk to. There's greenness out there. People are sailing on water."
"And whereabouts is that energy?"
"It's out there," Julia points to her right.
"And whereabouts out there?"
"Pretty far; I can't get to it." Julia pauses, shaking her head ever so slightly. "My sources have dried up. My DNA is completely dried up. I'm in the desert."
"And when energy is out there ... (I gesture to Julia's right) and happy children and people, greenness and water, and you're in a desert, what would you like to have happen?"
"I want to water myself like a plant so it's thriving, not just surviving."
"And when you want to water yourself like a plant, what kind of a plant is that plant?"
"A little green plant with long leaves."
For Julia, water not only helps her plant survive; it helps it thrive. Helping Julia get familiar with this helpful resource and any related symbols and locating them in and outside of herself in their metaphoric spaces will mean she will be able to find them again when she needs them.
"And when water a little green plant with long leaves, where could that water come from?"
"It comes from the sky, from clouds that are far away. And they make things green."
"And is there anything else about those clouds, far away, that make things green?"
"I want to go to Greenness, but I can't get there from here. I'm too tired. And it can't come to me," she adds, sounding wistful. "I'd love to go to it."
"And when you'd love to go to Greenness, what needs to happen so you can go there?"
"First, I need to pick up the plant."
"And can you pick up the plant?"
"Yes." Julia sounds confident. "Yes, I can."
"And as you pick up the plant, is there anything else that needs to happen for you to go to Greenness?"
"I need to walk out of the desert to go to the greener place. I need to put the plant down in a better location."
"And you need to pick up the plant, and walk out of the desert, and go to a greener place, and put the plant down in a better location. And is there anything else that needs to happen for you to go to Greenness?"
"I need to keep the plant wet — keep it watered — to keep it alive until I can get to Greenness."
"And keep the plant wet, watered. And is there anything else that needs to happen until you can get to Greenness?"
"I don't think so."
"And when you pick up the plant and keep it wet, and walk out of the desert, and put it in a better location, what kind of location is that better location?"
"There needs to be enough water there."
"And how much water is enough water to keep the plant wet to keep it alive?"
"Just enough water."
"And just enough. And where could just enough water come from?"
"I hope it rains so I can collect some."
"And when you hope it rains, what kind of hope is that hope?"
"It's a creamy white, little light."
Creamy white, little. I am immediately reminded of the lamb in Julia's heart. But for now, I will just ask for more information and see what comes up. Perhaps the lamb will make a reappearance; perhaps the lamb metaphor has morphed into something else. Or it's possible they are not connected.
"And is there anything else about that creamy white, little light?"
"It's the size of a 50 cent piece, but with a jagged edge, like a piece of cloth."
"And when a creamy white, little light, the size of a 50 cent piece, with a jagged edge like a piece of cloth, where is that little light?"
"In a corner of my heart." Julia sounds surprised. "I didn't know I had any hope, and here it is, in a small corner of my heart!"
"And a little light, there, in a small corner of your heart. Hope! And is there anything else that needs to happen so you can have just enough water?"
"I need energy to start walking."
"And whereabouts could that energy to start walking come from?"
"The hope is what gives me the energy."
"And a little, creamy white light in a corner of your heart, and energy to start walking. And is there anything else that needs to happen so you can have just enough water to keep that plant alive until you get to Greenness?"
"I need a container to hold the water."
"And what kind of container is that container that could hold that water?"
"It's a small wooden bucket or bowl to catch the water."
"And where could that small wooden bucket or bowl come from?"
"It's outside of me." But then Julia questions her answer. "Maybe it's not outside me; maybe it's in myself."
Cupping her hands, Julia gestures as if she is moving water to the plant with slow, repetitive motions that last a full minute. We are both quiet for some time. "It's related to spending time alone, a period when I can care for myself, space just for me. I don't think anyone can give me the bucket but myself. I need to remember to hold it there. I have to be aware."
It's easy to skip over this last sentence, but I have found that "awareness" is often a distinctly separate step in people's inner processes that trips them up: they have to be aware, to notice that a step needs to be taken before they take it. A few more questions can reveal a hidden issue or a pattern that may have been undermining Julia's caring for herself, possibly for a very long time.
"And what kind of aware is that aware?"
"Aware of what I need."
"And what needs to happen for you to be aware of what you need?"
"I need to give myself permission; it has to do with deserving."
"And permission. And when you give yourself permission, that has to do with deserving, where could that permission come from?"
"It's located partly in my head and partly in my throat."
"And partly in your head, and partly in your throat. And when in your throat, is there anything else about that permission, there, in your throat?"
Julia squirms uncomfortably. "There's a choking feeling, anger. It's not appropriate for me to be the way I am. Something is stuck in my throat: words, self-expression. I feel like I'm holding back."
"And when choking feeling and anger, and it's not appropriate to be the way you are, and you're holding back, what would you like to have happen?"
"I want to have the right to be. It's related to happiness, to the right to be." Julia shakes her head. "There's a strong, negative energy. There's a push down. There's a stuck."
I'm not clear whether the energy is being pushed down or it's doing the pushing.
"And what kind of push down is that push down?"
"It's both pushing down and trying to push up. It's definitely both!
No wonder I have no energy! That's where my energy is going!"
"And no wonder you have no energy! A pushing down and a trying to push up. And when that's where your energy is going, what would you like to have happen?"
"I need to focus more each day on finding something to do just because I want to do it. And know that's alright. I almost feel to do that makes me callous, like I don't care. I should just mourn and take care of my husband, but I'm exhausted."
And then Julia looks up, directly at me. We've been at it over an hour now. She looks tired, and her words and tone have shifted. She comes out of her immersion in her symbolic world, marveling at what she's discovered in the session and planning what she wants to do daily.
I invite Julia to draw a metaphor map, a picture of the metaphors that have come up in the session and where they are positioned on the paper in right relation to one another as she experienced them. Julia mentions again that she hadn't known hope was there, in her heart. She seems delighted and draws with evident pleasure.
As Julia draws, she retrieves another metaphor. "I've had an image of myself my whole life as an aircraft carrier. I am both the plane that is caught and the hook that grabs and holds the plane."
* * *
In the process of adding these details to her drawing, Julia continues to process and find connections to what she did in the session.
We didn't get to watering and moving the plant. We didn't finish addressing Julia's need for giving herself permission. Her last comments suggest she is still struggling with wanting to take care of others and take care of herself.
Some sessions seem to put right the dilemmas that arise; others end with more left to be done. Every session is but a segment of a larger whole that is the person's full experience of herself. We stop short of resolution, not knowing all that happened for Julia in this session, what it all means, and what needs to happen next.
Clean Language healing is not a linear process. Julia will revisit some metaphors as needed, and others will not appear again. Her inner wisdom will let her know what needs addressing and at what pace to move, as each session offers Julia an opportunity to learn more about herself.
Now it's your turn to discover something new about yourself.
Discover Yourself with Clean Language
Materials: a piece of blank paper and drawing materials, like markers or crayons. You may want a journal, too.
Because we are taught to be problem solvers, we tend to focus on problems. We know what we don't like, what we don't want. But what about what we want instead? Getting clarity on that can be helpful, sometimes profoundly so. I invite you to give this a try.
Think of a goal you have for yourself. It can be as cosmic as furthering your spiritual development or as specific and mundane as deciding what you would like for your birthday.
Avoid choosing something that depends on information from outside of you, such as, "I want to know more about Clean Language."
But you could say, "I want to be open to learning about new ways of exploring myself." This has a more personal focus; it's the sort of thing the Clean Language process is ideal for.
Since this is your first go at this, let me give you an example. By following the directions I'm going to give you in a moment, this is what might unfold in a typical session:
Starting Clean question and directive:
And what would you like to have happen or to know more about? And draw a picture of what that would look like. Once the drawing is complete, I offer the invitation:
And describe your picture.
Speaker: "I want to be open to learning about new ways of exploring myself. In my picture, I'm looking at a projection screen where I can see what there is to learn. There is light coming from my heart that radiates onto the screen with what it knows is my core truth. I have a magnifying glass to use, if I want to get into the nitty-gritty."
Here are some possible follow-up Clean Language questions I might ask:
And is there anything else about that screen?
And what kind of learn is that learn?
And is there anything else about that radiates?
And what kind of heart is a heart that radiates your core truth?
And is there anything else about that nitty-gritty?
Now, it's your turn. Write out the answer to this question:
And what would you like to have happen or to know more about?
Excerpted from "Hope in a Corner of My Heart"
Copyright © 2018 Gina Campbell.
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Table of Contents
Chapter One A Little Green Plant, 13,
Chapter Two Trapped Between Self and Black, 27,
Chapter Three The Midwife of Flowers, 39,
Chapter Four A Balloon to Lead Me, 51,
Chapter Five The Fireman, 63,
Chapter Six The Desert Wakes Up, 75,
Chapter Seven The Peasant Girl, 87,
Chapter Eight One Tinkerbell's Light, 103,
Chapter Nine Blue Fabric on a Gray Clothesline, 115,
Chapter Ten The Submarine, 129,
Chapter Eleven The Aircraft Carrier, 139,
Chapter Twelve I am the River and the Stream, 151,
DISCOVER YOURSELF WITH CLEAN LANGUAGE, 159,
MORE ABOUT CLEAN LANGUAGE, 161,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, 169,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I truly enjoyed this book and feel like I learned a lot from it. I was intrigued by the theory of ‘hidden’ metaphors in consciousness that influence us in ways we don’t realize – and the idea that we could tune into them is one I wanted to know more about. From the onset I felt like I really could connect with what the author Gina Campbell, and even Julia to some extent—had to say and I could feel it affecting me. I started inserting myself more and more into the book, following the activities and I found myself wanting to just keep reading and reading. I liked learning new approaches to being more aware of and in control of my own personal mental and emotional habits and behavior, and perhaps redefining a few things. Ms. Campbell’s writing is very smooth and concise, and the content is very informative and enlightening. Obviously, no one has it all figured out and is perfect, we are all trying to make it through the day the best we can. Some people are more equipped than others at managing problems – and so any tools or helpful ideas that can be beneficial are welcomed by me. When I was participating in the questions/activities throughout the book, it forced me to take a look deeper inside myself. While normally this may not sound appealing, I felt stronger and more aware for having done so, and feel like I picked up some important insight that is worth much more than the price of this book. A great addition to the mental/spiritual health genre.
Even though at first I was pretty skeptical, I found “Hope in A Corner of My Heart” by Gina Campbell to be so inspiring and insightful with so many profound, yet refreshingly common-sense ideas to making our minds and souls better by channeling our subconscious metaphors. We don’t even realize what a huge impact they have on our psyche, and how we think and do things. It gives a great guide to learning the basics of what makes us “tick” and I liked her ideas as she gives new perception to things that we sort of take for granted, like when we have suffering or pain, or even being unhappy… that that’s just how it is. But it’s nice to hear that it does not have to be that way, and there is a way out for everyone, whatever the circumstances. Our minds are so powerful and if we can harness that power to establish better self-awareness and control then there’s nothing we can’t overcome. Julia’s journey is inspiring to others and can serve as a great example of healing and progress. I’m glad I read this – I’d recommend to people needing some guidance on healing, grief, eliminating negative and unwanted emotions.
4.5 stars not sure what the title meant before reading the book, but now I do! I applaud Gina Campbell’s for sharing this experience she has with “Julie” and letting her journey towards self-healing help others as well. Everyone has problems to a varying degree, and many people have different ideas on how to best cope or deal with stress, anger, pain and suffering, unhappiness, etc… Some drink, some use drugs, some over-eat or engage in other reckless behavior… and not everyone knows how or what to DO in order to regulate their emotions and mental process in such a way as to work FOR them and not AGAINST them. That is why I think a book like this is so valuable, as it really does talk to us (the reader) in a way that is not judgmental, but is kind, open-minded, understanding, and emotionally empowering. The narrative is easy to follow, even if some of Julia’s sessions were admittedly over my head at times. I still feel like I gleaned some valuable information and I am intrigued by her ideas and will like to try some tactics to help key in to my own metaphors and explore their meaning and power. So while I read this book pretty quickly the first time through just to see what it was all about, (didn’t do the activities) I think my next read through will be slower so I can participate more in depth. Recommend.
"Hope in a Corner of my Heart” is a beautifully uplifting book with a powerful, positive message throughout, even if at times we feel almost as lost as Julie seems to be… we find our way back home and are much better for it. This book by Gina Campbell is a “must read” for anyone who wants to better understand how to connect with the hidden facets of their subconscious buy learning how to get the ‘conscious mind and sub-conscious mind to communicate’. We do this by practicing ‘clean language’ and this help us to discover our own symbols and metaphors within ourselves. It is amazing how just reading of other people’s experiences and their insights on life can teach us all something, and it is so wonderful of Julie to allow her journey to be shared with others. I like how Ms. Campbell explains things so we easily understand everything that is happening during the sessions –but also with guiding us to try some ideas for ourselves. I appreciated the astute questions that took us down the metaphorical rabbit hole, and I challenge you to read the whole thing and remain unaffected in some way. This isn’t a very long book, but I feel like it packs in some pretty substantial lessons. Will certainly look for more from Gina Campbell in the future and would recommend to others.
I always go into books like this with a fair bit of skepticism, wondering truly if there will be any new, insightful information brought to the table that isn’t some gimmick, or worse— an insult to my intelligence and common sense. So as I started reading “Hope in a Corner of My Heart: A Healing Journey Through Dream-Logical World of Inner Metaphors (what did that even mean?!) by Gina Campbell, I was fully prepared to see the same red flags, set the book down and call it a night. (I never claimed to be an open-minded lady). So imagine my surprise as I started in with the reading and was struck by just how real and informative and honest it all seemed. I was especially interested when Julia started going through her sessions, and the quick-paced conversations that flowed from her to the author… how she finds her metaphors and what they mean to her, and if they are holding her back in some way. These are what helped shape her viewpoints how she reacted to the world, and can be a great source of healing when tapped into and better understood (using Clean Language). What is cool is that this is something each of us can do, and sometimes it just takes knowing that thinking a certain way can change so much of how you feel inside, no matter your situation. While I won’t claim that everything in this book was for me, I was impressed (to my surprise) with how insightful and relevant it was.
sometimes the most brilliant ideas (or solutions) are the simplest. While our hearts, heads, and souls are not exactly “simple”, Gina Campbell presents her vision and her practical approach to learning how to manage and be more aware of how we can affect deep change by exploring the depths of our consciousness and opening our minds to the metaphors and understanding more about “clean language” – a concept that is admittedly a new one for me. This book is insightful and thought-provoking – opens your eyes to some new ideas and techniques and helps provides a necessary paradigm shift. Well edited and written, and I finished it in a few nights – one of the more unique books I’ve read in a long time! I am always interested in learning more things about myself and how to be a better person, inside and out. There are lessons on life to be learned here that can positively affect just about everyone to a degree.
Honestly, I’d never heard of the idea of metaphors and clean language like this before, and I’ve read a lot of books on psychology and even mental self-improvement. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to it and the idea doesn’t have merit – so I started reading this book by Gina Campbell and while I can’t say that I was completely invested in listening the everything Julia had to say (sorry, sometimes it just sounded like she was on drugs or something), how it all played out as she continued on her path to recovery was profoundly moving to witness. When we see and hear about how others cope with various situations in life, in some ways we can relate it to ourselves and realize that we can do it too. Ms. Campbell has a natural writing voice that makes what she is saying very easy to grasp and is very straightforward. I don’t think this is just a book for people who have suffered severe hardship like Julie (although might help), but for anyone who wants to change their attitude and outlook and get started down a more peaceful, powerful path in life.
I really liked the outline and overall construct of “Hope in a Corner of My Heart" by Gina Campbell. It was an interesting and enlightening read based on the author’s professional experiences as a counselor and life coach explaining how “metaphors’ in our subconscious are responsible for our conscious feelings and actions… by using a technique called “Clean Language” it helps people to understand some personal issues better and hopefully help overcome challenges in life. I recommend it highly to anyone wanting to improve the value of their life and how they deal with stress, grief and unhappiness and other emotional barriers that negatively affect their well-being. It is a very engaging read because it’s not lecturing facts and figures, but relatable stories and interesting scenarios, and each chapter has exercises for the reader to do as well (questions and answers, drawing, journal). I read the whole thing in one evening, and it was as entertaining as it was informative. Great job!
this book is very unusual and I’ve never heard of this method before, but I am glad that I now have! At first I went into thinking that it wouldn’t really apply to me. Well, I was wrong! I always thought I managed stress pretty well and thought I was at peace…and maybe I do/am, but I really feel like there is room for improvement, and I found the suggestions to be useful and so true – I was doing some of the activities (the questions and drawings) and sometimes it was like a little light bulb was coming on inside me. I don’t want to get too into it, but I definitely increased my awareness on a few things and how powerful our metaphors are in determining how we react to situations. I liked how candidly Julia reflects on her life, her emotions, and her experiences. Some parts were a bit hard to take, as there are some sad events, but it has a positive, uplifting message throughout. Has a nice flow, and with perfect editing. Recommend for anyone who wants more tools and resources to better manage their psychological and emotional wellness.
this book by was really different from any I’ve ever read, but I liked it! The intro tells us about the author and how she uses a counseling process called “Clean Language” and uses it to uncover hidden internalized ‘metaphors’ we have created. These metaphors are beneath our conscious level, so asking the right questions and doing some interactive activities helps to see them clearer and how to create new ones if needed. This is the approach she uses to help her client “Julia” with her challenging situation, and as we go through the sessions with them, we start to understand how our minds process information, and how the metaphors we invent for different situations is what affects us. We can learn to process information in a healthier, more productive way. I found the narrative style the author employs to be very personable and relatable. Definitely worth checking out if you are interested in self-improvement, deepening awareness of your mind, and what it is telling you. It is easy to read and inspirational. Admittedly a little weird-sounding at times, but that’s probably to be expected, lol. I am happy that the author included the update on Julia 10 years later. So wonderful!
4.5 stars after reading this book, “Hope in a Corner of My Heart” by Gina Campbell, I thought the best aspect of it was how the principles it teaches and the helpful tips and suggestions that can benefit almost everyone on some level, one way or another, regardless of where they are in life (although it does seemed to be geared toward people who need counseling or emotional guidance…) The focus of this book is to explain what role metaphors have on our subconscious – we have created them for different parts of our life and feelings whether we realize it or not. We listen to Julia go through her process of identifying her metaphors and reconstructing them (or better understanding them) and it is almost surreal to listen to their conversations. You can tell she is in a trance-like state, and this allows her to go deeper within herself. This is a good book to explore different angles of handling our mental, emotional, and spiritual health, and recognizing how to best assess our own metaphors and steps on how to change them for the better. I thought the whole book was very readable, and I liked that it actually gives some advice and suggestions that are easily managed, and don’t require much more than asking ourselves some questions, and perhaps making some drawings or writing in a notebook. I was engaged the whole way through and thought the whole thing from the formatting to the editing to the information was very professional and delivers a valuable message.
3.5 stars this is an interesting, and unique book. I’ve read TONS of self-help/counseling/ motivational books, and they all seem to have a special ‘angle’ in one way or another. Some seem to resonate with me more than others. I am a little split on this book because I didn’t feel like reading Julia’s sessions did all that much for me… some parts helped to see the process clearer, and it was interesting to watch her ‘evolve’ in a way… but reading it felt… well, tiresome, for lack of a better word. Maybe because it was just this rapid pace dialogue with little-to no speaker-attribution or descriptive narrative to slow it down or paint the scene a little better (it is there on rare occasion, I just would have preferred much more)… anything to just make it seem less like ‘talking heads’. The part I did like was when the author Gina Campbell is narrating her impressions of the session, and puts it into the context. There are different areas they cover, lots of metaphors and suggested activities for the readers to participate in. An interesting approach to our personal healing process that I’m sure can be very helpful for a lot of people.
3.5 stars I thought this was a pretty good book overall and I could definitely see the truths behind much of what she was saying. Usually when I read books like this (which is admittedly rare) I feel like they have great information, but I’m usually left with the feeling of “okay, now what am I supposed to do with this info?” So in that regard this book is really good in that it gives pretty clear ideas of steps we can all take now – just try some specific questions to help better see below your surface, and trying the activities explained at the end of each chapter. You can do them on your own pace, as you are ready to – this is just for you, and there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer. I thought each of Julia’s sessions were interesting and eye-opening in its own way, and I am glad to hear that she is doing so much better. I’m not saying this book has all the answers, or that just reading it will somehow miraculously change your life. But is it worth a read? Most definitely.