With the release of my book last month, I’ve been asked why I decided to write. The answer is quite simple. It was in response to the continual request for my book over the last 12 years. Back at the end of 2010, I was the guest trauma expert on a week-long series of television shows and over the years since have been a radio guest numerous times. I’ve presented to clinicians, foster and adoptive parents, survivor support groups, school in-services, churches and the like. The case stories I’ve used to explain trauma, its effects and treatment have been something that viewers, listeners, attendees and clients have found useful and wanted a way to be able to pass the information on to others.
I, ironically, had writer’s block that was connected to a difficult experience of my own. As I pressed into the task, starting, stopping and restarting many times, I finally realized that I was stuck in the message of that experience. Once day, I asked for help from a therapist trained according to the method of treatment we at Thrive practice. The very next day, writing was a completely different experience. The rest of the manuscript flowed.
I’m dyslexic and so have a difficult time reading and that’s compounded if the book is dry and academic. Books that are written in a more conversational style keep me more engaged and make reading easier for me. That’s the voice from which I wrote More Than Words. Trauma is certainly not a light topic, but I wanted to keep the presentation of it as light as possible. I also have a much easier time retaining principles when I learn them via stories which is why I’ve used so many real-life stories to explain what could otherwise be cumbersome material.
If you’re just looking for an interesting read, I hope you enjoy it. If you want to become more equipped as a teacher, coach, pastor, doctor, mental health professional, loved one, or parent of someone who has been traumatized, I hope you find it to be an informative and useful resource. If you have been through trauma, I hope it helps you to see that there is more for you than surviving. YOU were born to THRIVE!