Today I’d like to do a shout-out for a fellow blogging friend, Alice at Notebooks and Glasses. This incredible lady has just written & released an amazing book that deserves a mention. She kindly gifted me the e-book so I could read, review & share it here!
What’s It All About?
This is a book written for those with chronic pain of any type and severity. It’s for those that are struggling, those that are managing well, and those in between that could do with a little encouragement every now and then. It’s for those newly experiencing pain and those far into their journey with it. It speaks to all of us.
It’s 30 pages of ideas, inspiration, hope, encouragement and support.
In describing the book, Alice writes: “Living with chronic pain is tough – I know first hand! But when you understand what you can do to help yourself, then things start to get better. We only get one chance at life and we need to un-press that pause button that we all automatically resort when we are diagnosed with chronic pain.”
Alice takes us through a whistle-stop tour of each letter, from A-Z. The book does what it says on the cover! On each letter, she brings up something in relation to chronic pain, such as acceptance, employment, distraction. By doing this, she’s pinpointing issues many of us will have faced, thought about or been affected by. In various sections, tips and suggestions are provided, such as ways to work on daily gratitude. In others, encouragement may be given or questions may be asked to help you reflect on that topic.
What I really like about this book is how user-friendly it is. If you have issues with concentration and focus, like I do these days, then you’ll be pleased to know this is one of those books you can easily pick up any time and flick through, that’s not going to bog you down with technical terminology or be super word-heavy. Each page is written in a large, clear font and is well-spaced out. Images are used to further break the writing up and to give it a fun, fresh feel. It’s light reading and there are also links here and there to further relevant information that Alice has written about on her blog.
Because it’s written from the basis of her own experience, you’re getting insights and suggestions that are relevant. It’s a gentle and casual book that reinforces the need for self-care and makes you feel like you’re doing something good to support your own needs every time you turn the page.
It’s a good blend of insight, such as regarding acceptance, and suggestions or tips, such as with a recommended breathing exercise. By structuring the book the way she has, Alice is able to provide points of reflection and points of application for the reader.
This book is like a dose of enthusiasm and hope, to be injected when we need it the most so we can look at ways of making the best of our lives, working with chronic pain to better manage it.
You can also conveniently pick up a copy on Amazon. Don’t forget, you can read Amazon’s Kindle ebooks on various devices, you don’t need an actual Kindle or other e-Reader. Just download the free Kindle app on your phone or tablet. You can also read it through your laptop/desktop.
You can also check out the Notebooks and Glasses blog here.
Do you live with chronic pain? Is this a book you’d be interesting in reading, or have you perhaps already checked it out?