A Promise of Hope is the story of Autumn's flight from madness to wellness and an astonishing scientific account of a treatment that has also helped thousands of others. It is a powerful call for a new understanding of mental illness, its causes and its treatments.
©2007 Autumn Stringham; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
You are in for a real roller coaster with this great read. A beautifully written and excellently read book. The memories and descriptions are so precise I almost felt the pain, the mania and the joy.
The details of the fight for Truehope are like another roller coaster. I found it hard to switch off.
I work with people with mental illness and now have a much greater understanding of bipolar. A fantastic read, a book which should be read by all those who would deprive us of our right to chose how we care for our health. I was touched, moved, stunned, amazed. Congratulations Autumn, and your family,on your book and your life.
Autumn tells an incredible story about her life and overcoming her bipolar through vitamins and minerals... a cure that her father came by to save her brother and herself from their bipolar disease..... Sounds a little far-fetched but this really is an incredible story. A must read for anyone who knows, or has, bipolar or depression.
I love that Autumn reads and narrates the story herself. She is a delight to listen to throughout the story....
I haven't read the printed version, but loved the audio.
Autumn is a woman of courage and inspiration. I have had the pleasure of meeting her personally and she love her authenticity.
cried my eyes out.
Inspiring, Insightful, Emotional
I honestly have never read any book like this. It is one of a kind to me.
I haven't listened to her before but she was perfect for this book bc she knew exactly what to say & how to say it bc they were her words.
One girls struggle within the darkness of mental illness.
I have too much to say about this book but not enough time to write it.
It is her story, her truth, her peace & the families legacy.
I stumbled upon this book in audible when looking for different books about bipolar & bpd to add to my collection of hundreds of self help books that I haven't read. I read the summary & thought yeah ok in regards to the cure but another part of me was curious when I listened to the sample bc she is very detailed & precise & passionate.
This is the first & only book I have read/listened to its entirety since high school bc I usually get distracted & bored.
But this book relates to everything about my life bc of my struggle with my thoughts, feelings, emotions & behaviors.
It brought me a sigh of relief to know that I am not the only one w/ some of these very valid concerns & thoughts she mentioned.
I also value all of the truth she wrote about the relationships with her mother & how she saw her & what she hoped as a child bc I not only have been there growing up w/ a bipolar alcoholic abusive & angry father but most importantly I am a mother so it really reminded me of a child's perspective & how my 5 yr old son & 2 yr old daughter will not be able to understand or comprehend some of my behaviors or emotions & it is crucial that I remind them when I am angry that it isn't their fault.. They are precious & I love them no matter what my mood may be today or tomorrow nothing can change my heart.
I know that when people meet me & I am in an angry or depressed mood they will probably think that I am miserable or that I hate my life when in fact it is so far from the truth I love every blessing in my life it is only hard to love myself bc of the thoughts & feelings I have..
I really do thank Autumn for this book bc there are so many things I will remember for the rest of my life & to know that there are certain nutrients that could just be missing from my diet which can help me is just icing on the cake.
Thank you for adding to my hope & my faith!
I am not alone.
The courtroom drama
Her memories - her thoughts - her feelings - her urgency are found in her voice through all of her story. What an amazing woman.
Terror filled my heart when her mother lost all hope.
If you know someone with a bipolar disorder, please let them know, there is hope and this woman has found it.
The down to earth struggles of a bipolar disorder sufferer and her family.
Autumn. As a fellow suffer, she sang my life song too, as she pen her's.
I cried like a pig when she tells of the manic depression episode as I relive mine.
In my journey to understand bipolar this book, has given me a perspective from the inside out, from a person who suffered, and who was raised with bipolar. More importantly it gave me hope for my child.
This is good information, and it really makes you think. It's a little long so you have to just choose at times to plow through.
Also, the audio mix is awful. It needs to be re-mixed! It goes from loud to soft. If you're under headphones, it's not too bad to set at a medium range, but if there is any outside noise (like riding in a car as I am when I listen to audible books), you have to ride the volume back and forth or the soft whispers are too soft and the shrill stuff just bats you between the eyes. I understand that the author was trying to read it with some acting out, but she needed a skilled engineer to assist. It is worth a re-mixing because it's good information.
"A bit of a sales pitch?"
I feel the last few chapters were a bit of a sales pitch for the true hope programme/products.
With that said, the rest of Memoir, both the authors and her mothers story, have added some much needed context to my own story. I do recommend this book, just take the sales pitch with a pinch of salt.
"Thank goodness it's not just me !"
I really enjoyed this book and felt a connection and realised that I am not alone.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has this disorder or is connected to someone who suffers, I think the story gives answers to both the patient and those around them and should find it a good reference,
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