Beck Valley Books reviews “The Joy Thief” by Sean McCallum

The Joy Thief! is a story that helps children and adults to discover more about a subject that is often difficult to understand. Demonstrating the subjectivity of trauma, The Joy Thief! highlights how a seemingly ordinary occurrence can have a significant impact upon the wellbeing of a child, particularly if left unaddressed.

Challenging the idea that trauma only occurs during more “serious” incidents, The Joy Thief! leads us to conclude that such occurrences, or rather our responses to them, may be more significant for children’s mental health than we would perhaps like to admit.

The story of The Joy Thief! encourages help-seeking, while challenging adults to consider the way they handle such situations.

The story is written in a person-centred fashion, seeking to normalize a range of outcomes that children may experience following a traumatic experience – including the little-acknowledged phenomena of imaginary “friends.”

>Whilst highlighting positive themes of intersectional diversity, The Joy Thief! also challenges us to consider issues of parental absence, inattention, and invalidation within the context of the needs of children.

Above all, The Joy Thief! is a story of hope.

Book review

This is an excellent book for both parents and children as it demonstrates perfectly how a certain situation or occurrence in the young person’s life can affect their behavior, attitude and thought process.

The vibrant and vivid pictures support the written text in showing how and why the child is behaving and thinking the way they are. It also demonstrates how a child can be bothered by a certain issue and how afraid they are to openly speak about it.

Any parent instinctively knows when something is wrong and upsetting their child and this book demonstrates how to deal with the issue, and get the child to be open and trust their parents to help them overcome the problem.

The story is important as it has taught the child to deal with trauma, and how to explain things when they have grown up and become a parent themselves to their own children. The Joy Thief is a very well-written and illustrated story, perfect of any parent or child to read to help them be open, honest and most of all share their fears so they can be resolved and make them feel like a child should.

Gifts From The Child Within: A Recovery Workbook

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UPC: 978-1-932690-46-0
Brand: Loving Healing Press
Gifts From the Child Within brings a refreshing approach to guiding its
reader to understanding the initial or underlying basis to their
emotional suffering due to past childhood trauma. This recovery book is
geared toward both professional and layperson. Its pages are filled
with offerings from psychological, physiological, and spiritual
perspectives which takes the reader on a journey into the soul. It is
written with sensitivity and clarity inviting the reader to search
within for healing.

As the author shares her own journey of childhood abuse, the reader is
asked to address issues surrounding physical, mental, spiritual, and
sexual abuse. Instructions are captured to guide one toward reaching
for their own child within; releasing negative emotions; re-creating
outdated childhood beliefs; and, to recognize the gifts the inner child
has for us.

The process of Re-Creation Therapy(tm) is introduced by the author allowing
the reader who follows its guidance to reap the effects of gradual
changes in self-awareness which lead to a greater understanding of the
psychodynamics the child within plays in the adult life. Included are a
series of healing visualizations and autohypnosis suggestions; blank
journal pages; and sample affirmations following each chapter.

What Experts Say About Gifts From The Child Within

"This is indeed a valuable self-help book and a tool for the Counselor, Hypnotherapist, Minister, Psychotherapist, or Clinician. I assure you, the world will look much brighter after you read this book."
--Lavona Stillman, PhD, CC, HT

"Barbara Sinor has written a book that will help the violated and traumatized child within to heal. Gifts From The Child Within helps guide survivors with repressed memories of trauma, as well as those with current memories of incest, through the healing process."
Marilyn Van Derbur, Miss America 1958, Founder: Survivor's United Network

"Barbara Sinor has bridged the gap for clients and therapists alike between the mere discovery of the inner child and the building of a true relationship with this most important being within. Gifts From The Child Within is an important and highly readable work."
Rick Boyes, M. Coun, CHT, Author A Body To Die For

"Gifts From The Child Within is a wonderful book that takes the reader on a journey into the soul. Flowing and readable, this book is filled with stories, myths, information, and revelation."
Marilyn Gordon, CHT, Author, Healing is Remembering Who You Are

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