This is a book that I would share with people that I care about. I highly recommend it!
Every now and then, I feel this compulsion in my heart to share my experiences, from little stories about my favourite books or movies to something a bit deeper like my beliefs and spiritual journey. After spending some time to put my thoughts together about whatever was on my mind and after I had written about it; whether I shared it or not, I felt a release from that heavy feeling in my chest.
Through this book, I realized that it was part of the process of releasing my emotional burden which often held me back from moving on to other important tasks.
The author says in the book that writing therapy is not just for people who enjoy writing, but for anybody who has something to let go from their heart. While writing about our sources of anger, anxiety and other emotional burdens we carry on daily basis, the healing process is on!
A very insightful and enjoyable book! I highly recommend for anyone who has gone through a traumatic or stressful time in their lives and is looking for a way to heal. This book not only gives you valuable steps in order to start your own writing therapy but tells of others who have done the same. This book has personally encouraged me to start my own writing therapy and I have recommendedthis book to my family and friends.
I thought I had nothing to free myself from when I was recommended to this book. I've realized everyone has damage from ghosts of their past. I thought inner strength came from picking up those ghosts, shoving them in your back pocket and moving forwards. I never thought to ever look at them again or even evict the burdon of them. You can be sooo much stronger and happier with a lighter load. So glad I found this book, worth 1000 times the amount , well done and thankyou to the author.
Writing therapy wasn’t an expression I’d come across three decades ago when I was teenager, setting pen to paper, wrestling with difficult emotions. Writing was just a way to put down what I felt in order to let go of the events, to release them from the burden of memory. To see books such as Suzanne Strong’s Freedom Writing now written about an activity I fell towards by instinct is succour for the soul. Suzanne’s book tells me writing therapy is very much a recognised way of coping with trauma. In the process of articulating our shock, grief, fear or hatred, we find a way to release these burdens from our heavy-hearted souls. In Suzanne’s methodology, this process is enjoined to a larger one of healing, hope and forgiveness. In her prose style, Suzanne cultivates an atmosphere of enthusiasm, compassion and empathy. Early in the book I read, ‘Know you are safe, you are valued, cared for by myself and others in your life.’ This sentence sets the tone for the rest of the book, wherein we find affirmations, and encouraging words of comfort. The closing passage reads, ‘I applaud you for being brave, go forward confidently into your future. It is bright.' Here, then, is a book that doesn’t just deliver writing exercises, but frames them in refreshingly positive, life-affirming values.
What a fantastic book! Suzanne has provided a range of tools for readers to use to work through a range of issues from PTSD to sexual abuse, as well as anxiety and depression. Even if you're not a writer, this book provides excellent tutorials and activities on how to access issues that are effecting your quality of life, and ultimately how to overcome them, all through the power of words. "Remember this writing is for you and only you. Its purpose is for you to be completely honest with yourself." p11