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A longtime trauma worker, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky offers a deep and empathetic survey of the often-unrecognized toll on those working to make the world a better place. We may feel tired, cynical, numb, or like we can never do enough. These, and other symptoms, affect us individually and collectively, sapping the energy and effectiveness we so desperately need if we are to benefit humankind, other animals, and the planet itself. Through Trauma Stewardship, we are called to meet these challenges in an intentional way - not by becoming overwhelmed but by developing a quality of mindful presence. Joining the wisdom of ancient cultural traditions with modern psychological research, Lipsky offers a variety of simple and profound practices that will allow us to remake ourselves - and ultimately the world.

©2009 Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky (P)2017 Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

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Good book, horrendous narration

I was super excited that this came in audiobook format, so I could listen to this in my car, but once it began I realized something was terribly wrong. The narrator seems unfamiliar and unenthusiastic about the subject and verged on bored. They really did not do this book justice. Perhaps this was the narrators first time reading for an audiobook? I would highly recommend that this author finds better narration for their book to do their book the justice it needs.

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This is a must read...

for anyone in a helping profession or anyone who feels that they carry the weight of the world. At times, this felt like a kick in the stomach. It knocked the air right out of me and simultaneously gave a breath of fresh air.

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necessity for SWers!!

the trauma exposure response was incredibly enlightening and helped me to understand that I was not the exception top the rule. thank you!!

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Great book for anyone in the field

This book was solid! Lots of nuggets of wisdom throughout. This is NOT some lofty book, and part of the content will challenge your own ego and sense of self (which, at times, is the medicine we need). Disregard comments about the narration, I thought the author did just fine.

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Should be required reading for teachers

This book changed my viewpoint of my career. I am a teacher and the first thing that struck me is how many people and professions are impacted by trauma. I saw myself and my coworkers all throughout the reading. I realized I need a plan B. I’m burned out. My coworkers probably need a plan B too. But the book has made me more calm in the classroom and do a lot of self-
reflection that just may renew my interest in teaching.

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Essential reading for our time

Trauma-informed professionalism requires trauma stewardship. Resilient Activism requires trauma stewardship. If you are paying attention to our world, you need trauma stewardship.

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accents were distracting

the voice alterations for the character profiles distracts from the content. overall, definitely a worthwhile listen.

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Wonderful, necessary

This is an imperative book for anyone doing trauma work. Only feedback is that it is read very quickly and would benefit from being read slower so you can absorb all the great content.

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Eye opening and healing

I started this book to get me ready to do fostering.
Little I knew how much I was going to learn about myself, about my motivation and about how to heal within to give true, sustainable support to others.
Highly recommend to everyone. You don't need to work on the medical field or be a social worker to benefit from it. As a mom, daughter, co-worker, friend, community members you are exposed to secondary trauma on a daily basis and this is an excellent book to increase our resilience

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So much filler!!

I think the ideas behind this book are really good, and much of the advice is sound (if not common sense). But there's so, so much filler here I found that even trying to listen to it at a faster speed was still just wasting time. Endless lists, endless restating the same point in 7 different ways, endless stories to pad out EVERY point instead of just making the point. Also if someone can't narrate without their voice giving out/cracking pretty regularly, it's time to get someone else to narrate.

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  • 09-25-21

Invaluable

I can’t recommend this book highly enough, it will be enormously helpful - and comforting - to anyone in the helping professions. It is also incredibly well narrated. The conversational, flowing style that the author narrates in brings the content alive in an accessible and meaningful way.

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  • Karen Law
  • 10-20-19

Wonderful

Wonderful book, when I finished listening to it, I went straight back to the beginning and listened again!

I loved the narration, the descriptions of the cartoons included and the different readers of the various contributions.

A powerful read for all those regularly in contact with people going through challenging times in their lives.

You can’t pour from an empty jug but many in modern western cultures seem to have lost that wisdom. Laura gently reminds us to look after ourselves.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-20

Best book in its field

The is is the best book in its field, integrating a variety of practices and knowledge lineages. The many case studies throughout are particularly helpful. The cartoon vignettes bring a sense of lightness. A meaningful and delightful read, highly recommend!

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  • Claire Gaunt
  • 06-19-19

Pronounced words wrong

Great book and very helpful, but was frustrating to hear “Iraq” and “Hafez” mispronounced. Would recommend fixing this as the pronunciation you have is not even close.