MBR reviews Simple Serenity by Nancy Oelklaus

Reviewer’s Bookwatch: April 2022
Carolyn Wilhelm’s Bookshelf

I didn’t think I needed any more finding joy books, so started reading thinking it would be the same old. The author suggested writing, drawing, painting, or other activities to help process the book. Not just read it through? Well, it seems I changed my mind soon after beginning to read. This is not a “preachy” text as Oelklaus explains how her thoughts helped her to find peace. She discusses being “in love” as opposed to trying to fix other people. She explains how she stopped being a fixer of other people and says it is freeing to her to mind her own business.

Yes, some of the short writing pieces with questions at the end did seem quite easy. Some seemed to be great for writing group prompts, some seemed good for a reading group discussion warm-up, or even useful for art class. I think counselors might refer to some chapters for finding discussion topics. One of her ideas to solve feeling overwhelmed is explained in terms of her practical and step-by-step system. All in a very short chapter, which others could try although it is explained in terms of her own life. Her lesson from a ceiling fan recently happened to me after I found a telescoping and bending duster online, bought it, and was able to dust our ceiling fans. The vignettes are relatable. She asks:

“When have you felt as if you were being held hostage and your world was narrowing? How did you work your way out of it?”

A wardrobe can support the life you truly want to live, according to Oelklaus. She tells about buying three pieces of clothing and donating four. No piling all the clothes you own in one room, just thinking about the life you want.

She also discusses a “God box.” Any nagging thoughts can be put in such a box until you can see it clearly for what is really is about.

With poetry, stories from real life, and questions, this book offers a chance for a new view of life. Highly recommend.

A House Full of Whispers

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UPC: 978-1-61599-065-8
Brand: Modern History Press
Binding: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Author: Sharon Wallace
Pages: 168

An orphan’s dearest dream becomes her nightmare...
Until age 9, Sharon had been in an orphanage most of her young life craving a family of her own. Her wishes were granted when her biological mother came and rescued Sharon from a lonely world. Within a year, her stepfather began touching her and her life quickly became a fight for survival. Sharon would not submit easily but survived with her wits alone.
Although Sharon is yet a small ripple in a sea of survivors, her experiences will help many to understand the trauma and recovery of small children who live and breathe the sins perpetrated by a caregiver.
In 2007, she took a polygraph test (lie detector) and passed as a non-deceptive (truthful person) for the accusations made against step-father. She challenged him to do the same—he refused!

Therapists’ Acclaim for the House Full of Whispers
"This is the story of one girl’s fear and battle to survive the emotional traumas and deprivation of her past. I can thoroughly recommend this book which will help anyone who is, or has, suffered abuse."
--Lynda Bevan, author Life After Betrayal

"A very honest account, and a very accurate view of the feelings, thoughts and behaviors of people traumatized in childhood and youth. If you suffered in childhood, or are in a helping position to those who have, then you must read this book."
--Robert Rich, PhD, author Cancer: A Personal Challenge

Learn more at www.SharonWallace.co.uk

Book #1 in the Whispers Trilogy From Modern History Press www.ModernHistoryPress.com

BIO022000 Biography & Autobiography : Women
SEL001000 Self-Help : Abuse - General
PSY022040 Psychology : Psychopathology - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Simple Serenity: Finding Joy in Your Life
Nancy Oelklaus
Loving Healing Press
9781615996636, $16.95 Paperback, $28.95 Hardcover, $4.95 Kindle, 168p

Carolyn Wilhelm, Reviewer
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