Book Review of ‘The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma’

My book review of The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is now posted on It seems fitting to publish it during PTSD Awareness Month, now with the perspective of someone with first-hand experience in dealing with this problem in a loved one. In my free time, I’ve spent the past few months educating myself and exploring every valid treatment option.

While some of the case studies Dr. van der Kolk includes in the book are difficult to read (horrible child abuse in every possible form), they also prove that with the right approach, even the worst experiences can be overcome. He also offers an understandable description/distinction between traumatic memory and normal memory — helpful in recognizing why it’s not possible for people with PTSD to simply “get over it” without the proper treatment (which usually means a combination of therapies).

In their justifiable reaction to helicopter parenting, coddling, and the “everybody wins a trophy” nonsense, I find that some (not all) conservatives seem to dismiss the real problem of PTSD caused by early childhood trauma and the fact that actual child abuse does exist. Now I cringe when I see memes about how being beaten with a belt as a child helped someone grow into a responsible adult.

When I reunited with my guy after two decades, I had no idea that his background included horrific abuse from both parents (physical beatings, emotional torture, and ZERO affection), compounded by subsequent combat experience in the Navy. I met him right after his service in 1992 and after reading this book, I understand why those memories were suppressed 26 years ago.

After multiple emotional conversations with him, I find myself thanking God even more for my upbringing in a loving, stable home. At first, I even felt a twinge of guilt for being blessed with two good parents and four siblings. Home was a haven for me — not a place I feared to return to after school. But his entire childhood and adolescence was rooted in fear.

Sure, my parents disciplined and raised my brothers, sister, and me to be responsible, productive people. But it didn’t involve prolonged beatings with objects like bats and belts. That’s something I wish more conservatives and people in general would acknowledge.

Read my Amazon review here.


Book Review – Renewing Your Mind: Perspectives of a Christian Hypnotist

Check out my book review – Renewing Your Mind: Perspectives of a Christian Hypnotist by Anthony M. Davis, now live on The author will be my guest on Your Book Your Brand Your Business on Monday, August 6 at 5 PM Eastern. Be sure to tune in for an informative interview:

In full disclosure, the author presented me with a review copy of his book, which I highly recommend for anyone seeking to learn the truth about hypnosis and its healing benefits. Anthony M. Davis takes a genuine, conversational approach to the topic, noting that before he understood hypnosis himself he, too, was a skeptic. He leads the reader on a journey of discovery in which he shatters the myths and shares the truth about this effective modality, backed up by real-life examples of clients who’ve experienced breakthroughs and transformed their lives. From his Christian perspective, the author explains how his practice of hypnosis aligns with Biblical principles and avoids all areas of concerns for those of the Christian faith. It’s especially heartening to learn that hypnosis can work for those suffering the consequences of early childhood trauma and all forms of abuse. As the author points out, God created us to live full, productive lives. He is certainly working diligently with the Creator to assist those who come to him for help to reclaim their emotional, mental and physical health, and I applaud him for his efforts and his patience in dealing with judgmental members of the church who simply will not see — even when he explains hypnosis in detail, with respect for their concerns. If you are open-minded and desire a solid understanding of the inner-workings of the mind and brain, and the many healing effects of hypnosis, read this book.

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Book Review of Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal

I’m grateful for this book review of Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal from a new reader, to whom I gifted a paperback copy:

I finished Water Signs last week. What a story; what a life! As I read, I loved feeling all wrapped up in it as if it was my memory too. You my dear are a great writer! Loved the happy ending that tells of true unconditional infinite LOVE of family and friends and life!

Really inspired me to thinking, for all the rest of us living just day by day or thought by thought, what would our story look like if we took time to put together the thoughts that turn into sentences that turn into days, months, years of occurrences – our life’s story. Wow!!!

LOVED LOVED LOVED Water Signs. Waiting for the movie!

Thank you, thank you, thank you Judith, for this amazing feedback ~ even after all these years, when I receive a glowing review like this, it’s an exhilarating feeling. And yes, like most authors, I have fantasized about the movie possibilities. For now, I’m happy to bask in the glow of another 5-star book review.

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