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Lilli Correll
Resolve to Rise

Adult; Self-Help, Sex & Relationships, Psychology, Philosophy, Fashion; (Market)

In Resolve to Rise, Lilli Correll investigates the fundamental reasons why it feels so hard to recover after deep suffering—especially suffering caused by abuse—offering compelling solutions to equip readers in their efforts to move forward. Through deeply personal stories as well as clinical findings and statistics, Resolve to Rise lays out a proven approach to healing, developed over the author’s own fifty-year journey and honed through twenty years of counseling others. The book offers concrete steps to heal from the effects of abuse, presented in the compassionate, gentle tone of someone who understands all too well the courage and vulnerability it takes to heal.
Making the case that suffering can be a rite of passage as we all continually learn and heal over the course of our lives, this inviting guide to facing, understanding, and overcoming trauma draws from counselor and healthcare executive Correll’s professional expertise and personal trauma experiences. Underlying her advice is an emphasis on trauma recovery as a long-term process and not a quick fix: “By taking small steps, you have time for learning and adjusting on the journey.” Demonstrating the importance of acknowledging rather than suppressing trauma, Correll candidly shares her past with readers–including abuse, the unexpected death of her husband, losing both parents in a short period of time, and being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases–and examines its impact on her behavior, feelings, and habits.

Leading by example, Correll links facing that past to her resolve “to rise, to become a better version of myself, and to claim my own destiny and not the destiny that seemed unavoidable.” Correll emphasizes that readers need to understand how widespread trauma is, and stop giving in to feelings of shame or unrealistic social expectations, such as rushing through painful emotions to avoid making others feel uncomfortable. Her decades of counseling experience add persuasive weight when she assures readers that facing trauma is a viable and worthwhile process despite the challenges: “But with slow and steady effort and renewed focus and learning from the journey, we can create momentum and ascend out of suffering,” she writes.

To make that ascent easier, Correll lays this all out in a concise and easy-to-digest manner, and reminds readers that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution–everyone is unique. He includes illuminating data and exercises, such as journal prompts and a “practical planning framework” to guide purposeful behavior change that readers can adopt while working through their own trauma. This sincere, clear-eyed guide offers readers hope.

Takeaway: This thoughtful guide argues that overcoming trauma is a long, continual–but achievable–process.

Great for fans of: Sarah Woodhouse's You're Not Broken: Break Free From Trauma & Reclaim Your Life, Bessel Van Der Kolk's The Body Keeps the Score.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A