Book Review | This Too Shall Pass by Julia Samuel #thistooshallpass #penguinbooksuk #nonfiction #orangecountyreads

Thanks to our friends at Penguin Books UK for including us on the blog tour for a new book that’s releasing next month.

Genre: Non Fiction

Published: March 5, 2020

Source: Penguin Books UK

My Thoughts:

This substantial book takes a look at the circumstances that cause change, how we feel as we make changes and what typically gets in our way. Not surprisingly, our natural tendency is often to shut down or lash out at others when faced with unexpected change.

There is alot of information packed into the book, but the author does a good job grouping it into categories such as Family Relationships, Love, Work, Health and Identity.

Each section shares real conversations the author had with her patients in the hopes of normalizing the fears we have about changes in own lives.

“Sometimes the changes feel like success, and others feel like failure, but the key is to learn from them.”

This book is not intended to be read cover to cover but referred to during times of turmoil and conflict due to major life changes. In an often overcrowded field of self-help books, this title is an insightful and compassionate addition to the genre.


Publisher Description:

A remarkable portrayal of how we need to understand ourselves to truly heal.

If change is the natural order of things, why do so many people struggle with the milestones of life – from first jobs and first loves to children leaving home and retirement?

We live in a culture of limitless choice – and life is now more complex than ever. In This Too Shall Pass, acclaimed psychotherapist Julia Samuel draws on hours of conversations with her patients to show how we can learn to adapt and thrive during our most difficult and transformative experiences. Illuminated by the latest social and psychological research, this book unflinchingly deals with the hard times in family, love, work, health, and identity.

From a woman deciding whether to leave her husband for a younger lover, to a father handling a serious medical diagnosis. And from a new mother struggling with the decision to return to work, to a young man dealing with the aftermath of coming out, and a woman starting over after losing her job.

These powerful, unforgettable and deeply intimate stories about everyday people will inform our understanding of our own unique response to change and enlighten the way we approach challenges at every stage of life.

About the Author:

Julia Samuel MBE is a leading British psychotherapist. For the last thirty years, she has worked in private practice and with the NHS at St Mary’s, Paddington, where she pioneered the role of maternity and pediatric counselor. In 1994 she worked to launch and establish Child Bereavement UK as its Founder Patron, where she continues to play a central role. Julia was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for services to bereaved children.

Author Links

Website | Instagram | Article: When a Colleague is Grieving

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