Reclaiming Sanity: Hope and Healing for Trauma, Stress, and Overwhelming Life Events

Reclaiming Sanity: Hope and Healing for Trauma, Stress, and Overwhelming Life Events

by Laurel Shaler

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ISBN-13: 9781434710420
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 839,399
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Laurel Shaler, PhD, is a professor at Liberty University and a speaker on faith and emotional well-being. A national certified counselor and social worker, Dr. Shaler is a former psychotherapist for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she specialized in treating trauma. She and her family live in Greenville, South Carolina.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Your Path toward Healing 13

Part I Reclaiming Clarity

Chapter 1 Am I Going Crazy? 21

Chapter 2 The Fourteen - Pound … 31

Chapter 3 You're Not Alone 37

Chapter 4 Understanding Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 47

Chapter 5 It's Not Just about PTSD 61

Chapter 6 More than a Band-Aid: Hope and Healing Start Here 71

Part II Reclaiming Me

Chapter 7 Dealing with a Tough Past 81

Chapter 8 Faces of Frustration 91

Chapter 9 Is Anger Hurting You? 103

Chapter 10 No More Excuses: Myth Busting 113

Chapter 11 Conquering Intense Emotions 125

Chapter 12 Knowing Who You Really Are 137

Part III Reclaiming Peace

Chapter 13 Begin Again 149

Chapter 14 Breaking the Chains That Keep Us Broken 159

Chapter 15 Rebuilding Relationships 175

Chapter 16 Solving Problems in a Mindful Way 187

Part IV Reclaiming Sanity

Chapter 17 Throw Out a Lifeline: Helping Trauma Survivors 203

Chapter 18 Reimagine: A Mini Retreat 213

Appendix A Helpful Resources 235

Appendix B Bonus: Anger Cues and Anger Scale 237

Acknowledgments 243

About the Author 245

Notes 247

Bibliography 253

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Reclaiming Sanity: Hope and Healing for Trauma, Stress, and Overwhelming Life Events 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RealWorldBibleStudy 4 months ago
This book is one that I will keep going back to.  The content is difficult - in a good way. It challenges you to take ownership, to self-examine.  It may be a needed kick in the teeth, and it doesn't shy away from tough topics.  It may challenge you to walk back through some hurtful things, too - I know it did for me. It may feel like a long book - especially because there is so much to process. Don't rush it.  Go slow.  Read, journal, go do something else, come back to it.  Again, don't inhale your steak dinner. Reclaiming Sanity gets into a lot of great Scripture and some theory, but it is easy to read and very practical as well.  My favorite part was the "mini-retreat" chapter at the end, which walks you through some of the exercises mentioned for managing stress and emotions. Also, Dr. Shaler does a really good job with the biblical studies throughout the book.  This is an area where many books in the self-help space fall short.  This book is loaded with Scripture, but it isn't proof-texting.  It's appropriately contextualized and interpreted.  She also cites great sources (including one of my favorite professors!).  You can tell the strength of a nonfiction book by the source material.  This one is a strong one. I received a review copy of this book; all opinions are my own.
Virginiaw 4 months ago
This was a very informative book that helps you to start dealing with trauma and stress. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Ourpugs 4 months ago
Reclaiming sanity The book discusses emotional healing. Starts out discussing PTSD and how you know you have it. The book has different sections, part 1 and part 2 is called reclaiming me. Part 3 is reclaiming peace. Then the last section is reclaiming sanity. The book does have some real life stories in it. A couple of quotes from the book, “ the reality is that our past, our whole past, affects our present.” “ Only you can control yourself “. There is a couple of chapters on being angry. A lot of good points on controlling your angry. I like the one about getting angry while driving at other people when running late. Not the other person fault that your running late. I received an complimentary book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
TheBeccaFiles 5 months ago
Dr. Laurel Shaler has written an amazing resource on a truly sensitive subject. Mental illness is a topic not many want to talk about, especially those who are suffering from trauma. With honesty, sensitivity, and sincerity the author attempts speak to the heart of the reader and provide help and support for those who greatly need it. She was able to masterfully achieve calling out trauma while not getting into specific triggering content. As she says in her writing, the book is hopefully a support but is not intended to take the place of individual professional help. This is a great resource for anyone who has dealt with trauma in the past or who is trying to walk alongside someone who has. I give this book a resounding 5 stars, and it's worth every one of them and more! *I received a copy of this book from the author through CelebrateLit. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
CBrownIII More than 1 year ago
Reclaiming Sanity is an amazing book! It may have been written for women, but as a Christian, a Veteran, and a Man who has definitely thought he was crazy and or "losing my mind" many times over the last dozen years, Reclaiming Sanity made me realize I AM NOT! The stories these ladies share through Dr. Shaler are moving. I recommend this book to ANYONE struggling with their sanity.