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Reaffirms how unconditional love wins all the time
12 May 2017
I purchased this book more to understand how people cope with loved ones who have a different mind ( a lovely euphemism for those afflicted with mental illness) and I was not disappointed at all.
The fact that all the stories are real and not mere fiction makes it easy to relate to, especially if you know someone who is going through similar situations either of coping or experiencing a mind that seems to have a mind of its own.
The common thread that weaves all the 13 stories together are the feelings of compassion, love, denial, anger, betrayal and guilt. And love triumphs in each and every story. How loved ones have offered support and gathered to deal with situations that often went out of control. How friends chipped in to diffuse tense moments.
'Some Questions for a Brother' is bound to resonate with the readers - we all have questions to which we have no answers and often wonder could things have been different if we had behaved differently? The guilt rarely vanishes you see.
'You didn't know her when she was normal' - this sentence is so full of love and compassion. It is the very reason a loved one is loved and held on to...good and loving memories gives one strength to continue to co-create a loving atmosphere at home even when it is not easy.
You don't need to purchase this book only if you know or have experience in dealing with someone who grapples with mental illness. It is a book for everyone. It is a profound book that stays with you for long after you have finished reading it. It is a book that reaffirms that unconditional love wins all the time. It is a book that lays bare the demons that reside in one's mind and the struggles of people who try to decipher those demons.
Go ahead, read it. Just ensure you have a strong heart.