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It’s About You

One of the hardest steps for a family is accepting that a loved one has a mental illness. The next hardest is accepting that you are also a “victim” of the illness. I don’t like using the word “victim;” it is such an overused word. Mental illness, like so many other biological illnesses, affects family

Christmas Miracles – A Conversation with Cec Murphey

by Marley GibsonCo-authors of Christmas Miracles, from St. Martin’s Press I am extremely privileged to have the opportunity today to talk to my friend and co-author, Cecil “Cec” Murphey, and to chat about our upcoming book, Christmas Miracles.* Marley:  Cec, thanks for spending some time with me today. Cec:    Marley, it’s great that you could

Interview with Kay Marshall Strom

Author Kay Marshall Strom has two great loves: writing and helping others achieve their own writing potential. Kay has written thirty-six published books, numerous magazine articles, and two screenplays. While mostly a nonfiction writer, the first book of her historical novel trilogy Grace in Africa has met with acclaim. Kay speaks at seminars, retreats, writers’

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Coping: Self-Care

One of my first questions when our son was returning home after a suicide attempt was, “How do we ‘watch’’ him?” I didn’t get the answer I wanted: “You don’t.”

I was prepared to have a 24-hour watch, and do it all myself if I had to. That was neither possible nor practical. In the emotion of the moment, I wasn’t thinking; I was reacting. I didn’t, couldn’t, think about myself.

The Noticer

I struggle with the right words to describe The Noticer by Andy Andrews from Thomas Nelson. Is it the beginning of a movement, or a good marketing plan? Is it a feel-good book, or a short story stretched to fill about 150 pages? Is it autobiographical, or just written to sound like it? I’m afraid

My Apologies

Nearly a month ago I promised some tips on handling the holidays with mental illness in your family. I failed on that promise. As many of you experienced, our family went through a relapse crisis with our son. It’s not over yet. I’m not sure I even see the end in sight at this point.

Grand Opening

Blogs of Books is now open for reviews. Books of all stripes will be reviewed. I will always try to give an honest opinion to help you make the most of your book reading time. When possible, I’ll include a link to sample chapters or other excerpts. Disagree with my assessment? Say so. Has my