*AD-gifted: A copy of This Too Shall Pass was gifted in exchange for this post.
Today I’m on the blog tour for This Too Shall Pass by Julia Samuel. What drew me to this book is that it’s a collection of intimate stories from people learning to get through everyday experiences in life. One especially has resonated with me and that’s the story of a new mother called Rachel, funnily enough, struggling with her decision to go back to work after maternity leave. As you may have read from my previous posts, this is something that has been and still is hard for me.
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.
I’m being totally honest, I find change really difficult. Going on maternity leave first time around was scary for me. I had been working fulltime all my working life and here I was at 33 having 10 months off to have a baby. I was distraught that my routine was about to change big time.
This Too Shall Pass is expertly written by Julia Samuel a psychotherapist, who has shared some of her client’s experiences over the years in this collection of short stories. She has divided up her patient’s experiences into themes. Family relationships, love, work, health, and identity. Through these stories, the author has shown how we can learn to adapt and thrive during difficult experiences in our lives.
Reading through the stories of everyday people has made me realise I need to learn to embrace these challenges and changes occurring in life. They are happening to us all.
This Too Shall Pass is an enlightening book, and a great read. It’s perfect for adding to your self-care routine. Like a wave, your situation shall pass.
Totally deserves a 4.5 out of 5 from me.
Here are the other book bloggers on the tour, feel free to pop over and check out their reviews.
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