March 16, 2015

Each week, NAMI receives books from all over the world on various mental health topics. Every person that sends us a book has the hope that their story or their professional experience can be helpful or meaningful to our community.

We believe that everyone’s story can have a positive impact on someone else so we wanted to share with you some highlights of the many books we have received over the past month.


Four Gifts of Anxiety

The Four Gifts of Anxiety

By Sherianna Boyle, MEd, CAGS
Adams Media, 2015

Sherianna Boyle’s book focuses on what she deems the four gifts of anxiety: resiliency, hope, empathy and purpose. She provides her readers with information about how to reframe anxiety so that it can be used in a positive way and not disturb the lives of those living with it. The goal is for readers to take control of their futures and live healthier more fulfilling lives with their anxiety.


10 best anxiety busters

The 10 Best Anxiety Busters

By Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD.
W. W. Norton and Company, 2015

Dr. Wehrenberg uses this book that is small in size to make a huge difference for those affected by anxiety. She provides quick and simple tips to manage anxiety in the things we might face every day. Her focus is on reducing the physical and emotional symptoms you may experience and for you to use this book as a reference during those triggering or stressful days.


Chicken Soup for the Soul

“A Lifelong Challenge” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength

By Jill Davis
Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, 2014

This edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul would help anyone get through a rough day but Jill Davis’ story focuses on her experience with bipolar disorder and how she overcame the many challenges that she faced. Her story showcases how faith and a solid support system can make a world of difference in an individual’s recovery.


left of the dial

Left of the Dial

By Christina Bruni
Self-published, 2015

Christina Bruni was a college radio disc jockey, playing alternative rock “to the left of the dial” and aspiring to a career as a writer. She becomes one, but not without first facing a struggle through the mental health care system. But even in the most difficult moments Christina’s individuality and her family’s love never quit.  Her optimism, humor, ambition and down-to-earth perspective are an inspiration.


insanity plea

The Insanity Plea

By Larry D. Thompson
Story Merchant Books, 2014

An innocent man living with schizophrenia is wrongfully accused of murder and has to rely on the help of a few key supporters to prove his innocence. This fictional thriller explores a journey through the criminal justice system that defies stereotypes. It will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish and definitely take you on an emotional rollercoaster.


life after trauma

Your Life After Trauma

By Michele Rosenthal
W. W. Norton and Company, 2015

Michele Rosenthal is a professional coach who specializes in helping trauma victims. In her book, she draws on her personal experience with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and her professional expertise to provide tips and guidance on overcoming trauma and successfully regaining a positive sense of self.



The body keeps the score

The Body Keeps the Score

By Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
Penguin, 2014

Doctor van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with trauma survivors. His book talks about the ways trauma affects our brains in profound ways affecting our ability to think, trust, engage with others and experience pleasure. This book provides information about innovative treatment options for those who have experienced trauma and helps the reader find ways to reclaim their life.

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