’This book deserves to be shared amongst your network of female friends, peers and colleagues’
Title: Finding your emotional balance – a guide for women
Author: Merry Noel Miller
Publisher: A John Hopkins press health book
Reviewer: Jane Brocksom, urology & continence nurse specialist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
What was it like?
WoW! If you read one book and have it by your side to pick up for a lift up, here it is. This book is written by a prolific author and speaker (check out http://www.merrynoelmiller.com/) although Ms Millers first book it’s like having a your own personal coach and counsellor by your side. A wonderful easy read, but it does not skirt over or fluff around the issues of mental illness through a women’s life cycles. The style of writing is like you’re being personally coached – simple but effective style, which really is thought provokingly simple. I have been waiting for this book - it touched me on so many levels.
What were the highlights?
Writing using your own personal experiences brings this book to real life. Many of us will appreciate and recognise the scenarios, which begin each chapter. The chapters are in depth and with resources for further readings to the end of each one. With a comprehensive bibliography at the end of the book. The book is divided into two parts but it doesn’t break the flow. Part 1 “A women’s life stages” and Part 2 “Disorders that can occur in women of any age” with chapters in both parts that helps to make a comprehensive and readable book. It will be unhelpful to men personally, but would be good for them to read if they wish to truly understand the girls/women in their lives!
Strengths & weaknesses:
The major strength of this book is its readable and personal – it doesn’t feel like a coaching manual or a self help book, but a supportive and encouraging ‘girlfriend, who takes you to one side and talks to you personally and with an arm around you. In no way do you feel stigmatised, you fell normal and aware of how you can rebuild your own resilience. One read of this book is not enough, I’ve already read it twice and have shared it amongst a group of friends. By far the greatest strength is its ability to take you through a women’s life cycles – from youth to silver…
Who should read it?
Every women – an uplifting and inspiring read. This book deserves to be shared amongst your network of female friends, peers and colleagues. A wonderful resource to start debunking the stigma of mental illness and start rebuilding our resilience and coping mechanisms. It would make a beautiful gift for our female friends.
finding your emotional balance