Over the last year and a half, many of my friends have written and released books. Watching their success has been inspiring!
Around September of last year, a dear friend and former co-worker Kate LaBrosse launched her book, “This is Me, Bipolar Free.” I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy and write a review featured in the book.
More recently, a former school mate, Allison Sabotta released her book, “Does This Treadmill Make Me Look Fat?” and a fellow Good Men Project writer and friend Jackie Cioffa just released, “The Red Bench.”
All three authors explore very personal topics with grace and raw authenticity. Please consider checking out their stories and supporting real people sharing inspiration!
Now It’s My Turn to Write a Book
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m working on a book. I have a launch date, and I have a daily word count goal, plus a working title.
As I’m going through the process, I’d like to invite you to take part in reviewing and making suggestions. I’ll be sharing progress and updates with those on my newsletter.
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Why Write a Book?
Why write a book? That’s a great question and I’m so glad you asked. In fact, you can check out my post on “Why It’s Important to Share Your Mental Health Story” to get a better understanding of the motivation behind my book!
If you didn’t read the post, no worries. I can break it down for you pretty quickly. First, there is still a lot of stigma around mental illness. Yes, we’ve made progress, but there’s a lot more we can do to dissolve that stigma. Plus, humans are natural storytellers, and we connect with others through storytelling.
But more importantly, there are the facts. According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), “approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. – 9.8 million, or 4.0% - experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.”
We need to be talking about mental health and how we can cultivate positive mental health!
Inspirational Writers, Continued!
So be sure to check out the beautiful books mentioned above and here’s a list of some of my other favorite self-help books.
- Be Here Now by Ram Dass
- Chop Wood, Carry Water by Fields, Taylor, Weyler & Ingrasci
- This Is It by Alan Watts
- Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child by Thich Nhat Hanh
- The New Heart of Wisdom: Profound Teachings from Buddha’s Heart by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche