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Some children inherit the family nose. Autumn Stringam and her brother Joseph inherited bipolar disorder, a severe mental illness that led to the suicides of their mother and grandfather. Autumn was in a psychiatric hospital on suicide watch by the time she was 22. Joseph, at 15, was prone to violent episodes so terrifying that his family feared for their lives. But after Autumn and Joseph began taking a nutritional supplement developed by their father - and based, incredibly, on a formula given to aggressive hogs - their symptoms disappeared, and today they both lead normal, productive lives.

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.

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  • Jillian
  • Lavington, NSW, Australia
  • 07-27-09

Fasten Your Seatbelt!

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.

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  • Brittina
  • Pleasant Grove, UT, USA
  • 03-15-10

Incredible Story!

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....

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  • Julie
  • Boise, ID, United States
  • 01-30-13

Truly Amazing Story

Would you consider the audio edition of A Promise of Hope to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the printed version, but loved the audio.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Autumn is a woman of courage and inspiration. I have had the pleasure of meeting her personally and she love her authenticity.

Which character – as performed by Autumn Stringam – was your favorite?

Dad

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

cried my eyes out.

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So honest it's scary

If you could sum up A Promise of Hope in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, Insightful, Emotional

What other book might you compare A Promise of Hope to and why?

I honestly have never read any book like this. It is one of a kind to me.

Have you listened to any of Autumn Stringam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

One girls struggle within the darkness of mental illness.

Any additional comments?

I have too much to say about this book but not enough time to write it.<br/>It is her story, her truth, her peace & the families legacy.<br/>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.<br/>This is the first & only book I have read/listened to its entirety since high school bc I usually get distracted & bored.<br/>But this book relates to everything about my life bc of my struggle with my thoughts, feelings, emotions & behaviors. <br/>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.<br/>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.<br/>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..<br/>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.<br/>Thank you for adding to my hope & my faith!

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  • kim
  • MISSOULA, MT, United States
  • 04-10-12

She has given me hope

What made the experience of listening to A Promise of Hope the most enjoyable?

I am not alone.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Promise of Hope?

The courtroom drama

What does Autumn Stringam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her memories - her thoughts - her feelings - her urgency are found in her voice through all of her story. What an amazing woman.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Terror filled my heart when her mother lost all hope.

Any additional comments?

If you know someone with a bipolar disorder, please let them know, there is hope and this woman has found it.

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Such an inspiring story!

I can only hope that one day I will be as strong and healthy as Autumn. Her story has inspired me. I want nothing more than to live a normal healthy life some day.

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Great story in great narration!

What did you love best about A Promise of Hope?

The down to earth struggles of a bipolar disorder sufferer and her family.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Autumn. As a fellow suffer, she sang my life song too, as she pen her's.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried like a pig when she tells of the manic depression episode as I relive mine.

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Beautiful, moving, and powerful

A writer indeed. The words are sincere, sensual, tender, beautiful, and bittersweet. The narration is lovely to listen to. The plot had me riveted to the very end. I had heard that nutrition had a positive effect on bipolar disorder. This story really emphasized the possibility of your life changing with the right nutrients. The author's life eerily mirrors my own. I really emphasized with her and cheered her on for the fight she put up to help herself and her family. Her dad and husband are incredible people. It makes me glad to know there are good people out there actually making a difference.

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You must read this book!

Truly a must read for anyone suffering with mental illness and the people who love them. This book has given me much needed hope that my loved one can live a healthy life, free of psychotropic meds. I plan to visit the True Hope website to learn more!

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Profound Revelation

This story is beyond beautiful and moving. Autumn writes eloquently conveying the darkness and the hope that can be found in mental illness. Wow! Just, wow!

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  • edd
  • 12-02-16

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.

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  • dawn
  • 10-17-16

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,