Readers already familiar with trauma and its long-term impacts may find the material introductory, but for those just starting their healing journey, San Filippo shares valuable tools. She includes quizzes to help readers determine their potential trauma risks and protective factors, sets out guidelines for creating a personal mission statement to achieve peaceful living, and urges readers to “stay in the present moment” by recognizing unhealthy thoughts and emotions that stem from past experiences. Once self-awareness increases, San Filippo writes, recovery is just a few steps away, and her suggestions for intentional journaling, managing triggers, and learning to function without expectations of others will speed that process.
The book’s strength comes from San Filippo’s sensitivity and gentle reminders that “you can accept who you are now” regardless of past experiences. Readers will find that idea comforting, as is San Filippo’s assertion that living in the moment is the key—she recommends against excessively focusing on the future or ruminating on the past, cautioning readers instead to “accept what is and look for steps you can take to make the problem better right now.” This is an illuminating, inviting introduction to understanding trauma.
Takeaway: A strong first step in understanding how to heal from trauma.
Comparable Titles: Mark Wolynn’s It Didn’t Start With You, Michele Rosenthal’s Heal Your PTSD.
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