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5.0 out of 5 starsand that those experiences are the springboard to a better more complete and fulfilling life
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2016
If your life has been lived without trauma or heartache, you won't benefit from this book. However, if you have had trauma in your life and wondered why you were able to survive but not truly thrive, you might be interested to see how the subjects in the book transformed their traumas into beneficial growth. Reading this book is one of the few times in my life that I could honestly attribute as an epiphany moment. I had never before understood why I had survived my predicament and but not been able to thrive, and it also helped me discover myself honestly. It is meaningful, well written and enlightening to understand that you are not alone in pain and suffering, and that those experiences are the springboard to a better more complete and fulfilling life.
Love Maya Angelou? Fascinated by Temple Grandin? In this remarkable book, both open up to the author and share personal insights and wisdom. Each one of us has been touched by trauma in some way. Combining inspiring interviews and the latest science, "Bouncing Forward" gives practical methods to transform painful experiences into growth. Journalist Michaela Haas interviewed prisoners of war and veterans who have endured unimaginable difficulties and injuries, yet somehow have emerged stronger and are flourishing now. How? It is because many people are not crushed by trauma - instead they tap into their inner resilience. The best part is, these skills can be learned, and this book can help.
I'd never heard of surfer Jesse Bellauer, who was paralyzed by a wave. I was floored to read he hasn't let this stop him. Not only does he still surf, he created an organization to help other paralyzed people get onto surfboards and safely experience the waves.
I loved the warm and engaging writing style. I was touched by the bravery of the author, who weaves in her personal story and challenges. Her quest to heal threads through the book and serves to illuminate the practical elements. The world seems full of insurmountable problems, and when you are grappling with the effects of trauma, life can seem overwhelming. But this book has an important key. We can control how we react to our circumstances, and we can learn skills to help us grow. "Bouncing Forward" can help you not only bounce back, but transform and flourish.
I'll be re-reading this book for many years. If you are reading & studying the work of Martin Seligman, this book is a fine accompaniment. Highly recommend.
The book arrived right on schedule in very good condition, which was how it was described. Not only that, but the contents of the book are outstanding; extremely useful to anyone who wants to thrive on this planet. I am especially pleased to see the steps our military is taking to teach resilience before it is needed rather than after. It is a skill we all need to teach our children who are living in a changing and scary world.
It's about time someone wrote about this post traumatic growth! Thank you Michaela Haas for bringing awareness to this important subject. I am so happy & hopeful that meditation and reaching out is now recognized & encouraged in the military! Most of us, military or not, will experience some level of trauma and loss during our lifetime, and by interviewing these people Haas has given us examples of healing through Bouncing Forward. A wonderfully written and researched book, with good & interesting documentation. I enjoyed the personal stories and facts in this wonderful book and would recommend it to anyone, it's the kind of inspiring book that everyone should read.
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2016
This is a wonderful book. It deals with a very difficult topic (trauma and loss) with great care and insight. I recommend this book to anyone who has struggled to deal with pain and loss in their lives, as well as anyone who wishes to understand how to become more resilient in the face of future setbacks. I have long been an admirer of Pema Chodron, and this book follows in that tradition.
I downloaded Bouncing Forward today because it has a chapter on Jesse Billauer the quadriplegic surfer. Dude is awesome and has such a great out look on life! Thought it might be a bit depressing but it's just the opposite. I felt inspired after reading it and even read another chapter on the one armed rock star drummer. I'm going to buy the paper version for my uncle who just lost his job…I think he'll relate to it and feel better.
5.0 out of 5 starsI am very satisfied with this book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2017
I am very satisfied with this book. It balances the science/research of a variety of the human effects of post trauma events, with actual life changing stories which are incredible and inspiring. Particularly helpful for me, alongside these, are how to 'markers' for the reader to help them go forward.I haven't quite finished the book yet, a good sign, as I keep going over parts which really resonate. Excellent.