Amy Lyman reviews From Depression to Contentment

From the moment I saw the eagle soaring above the snow-capped peaks on Bob Rich’s From Depression to Contentment: A Self-Therapy Book, I was hoping the pages inside would be as captivating. I am not disappointed.

I personally do depression, as Dr. Rich would say. After reading this guide, I have many new tools in my belt. From self-care to spirituality, Dr. Rich draws on case studies, cultural and historical references to inspire and help the reader. There is a lot of great information in here. Be prepared to come away with quite a reading list.

Personally, I found many aha! moments. Some even brought me to tears.

The language is lovely. There is even beautiful poetry, quite a contrast to a dark, ugly disorder.

My favorite section is the one on Mitzvahs, or secret good deeds. After Dr. Rich shared his own mitzvahs, I find myself not only wanting to read more of his work but also wanting to meet him for a cup of coffee. Compassion and vulnerability shine through each chapter.

As an author with a title character raven, the fact there were no less than seven bird references is not lost on me.

A recurring theme in the book is Something works for everyone, but nothing works for everyone. Dr. Rich does a fantastic job exploring different treatment options and emphasizing the importance of good self-care.

A must read. I highly recommend this book.

Amy Lyman, Children’s book author, Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka: How Play Therapy can Help Children with Depression

Reena's Bollywood Dream: A Story About Sexual Abuse

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Reena wants to be a star...

...A Bollywood star. Unfortunately, her family won't stand for it. It doesn't help that
Reena is only eight-years-old. However, a beacon of hope arrives in the form of Uncle
Jessi. He's just emigrated from India to America, and is a welcome addition to her
family household. Uncle Jessi and Reena share a special bond. Not only are they old
pen pals, but he recognizes her desperation to become a Bollywood actress.


One day, Uncle Jessi plans a secret surprise. He invites her to take part in a pretend
acting game. Reena jumps at the chance. At first, she enjoys swinging her hips to
Bollywood beats. She smiles brightly at his camera. However, halfway through her
performance matters take an unexpected turn. The end results surprise both Reena and
Uncle Jessi.

Important lessons come through an action-driven story and beautiful illustrations:

  • Children will learn that sexual abuse is NEVER their fault.
  • Parents and children will be given a launching pad to discuss the warning signs of "grooming."
  • Children will come away knowing they have the power to say: "NO."
  • Children will discover that sexual abuse can occur in any cultural group.
  • Children can be assured that they will be believed when reporting inappropriate behavior.
  • Therapists and parents can exhibit that sexual abuse isn't an off-limits topic.
  • Child abuse survivors will come away knowing they are not alone.


    Therapists' Acclaim for Reena's Bollywood Dream

    "Reena's Bollywood Dream is exceptionally well-written. It works as an educational piece
    to foster awareness to children and their families regarding the realities of sexual abuse
    within the South Asian community. This informative book can help alter a child's life for
    the better."

    --Sadia Khaliq, B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., Community Treatment Coordinator, Centre for Addiction
    and Mental Health


    "With a captivating story and beautiful illustration, and with a message that is cross-cultural
    and educational, Reena's Bollywood Dream can help children understand the sad reality that
    there are those who can hurt them but there is also means of staying safe--with others'
    help. I recommend this book highly to all families; it can be instrumental to starting a
    conversation about a difficult topic."

    --Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence



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    Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Sexual Abuse

    Family & Relationships : Abuse - Child Abuse

    Social Science : Ethnic Studies - Asian American Studies
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