June 07, 2016

#Review of The Full Catastrophe by Karen Elizabeth Lee & #Giveaway via @shewritesdotcom

The Full Catastrophe: A MemoirIn 1998, after having been married to Duncan, a bully who'd been controlling her for the fourteen years they'd been together, Karen E. Lee thought divorce was in the cards. But ten months after telling him that she wanted that divorce, Duncan was diagnosed with cancer and eight months later, he was gone. Karen hoped her problems would be solved after Duncan's death but instead, she found that, without his ranting, raving, and screaming taking up space in her life, she had her own demons to face. Luckily, Duncan had inadvertently left her the keys to her own salvation and healing a love of Jungian psychology and a book that was to be her guide through the following years. In "The Full Catastrophe," Karen explores Jungian analysis, the dreams she had during this period, the intuitive messages she learned to trust in order to heal, and her own emotional journey including romances, travel adventures, and friends. Insightful and brutally honest, "The Full Catastrophe" is the story of a well educated, professional woman who, after marrying the wrong kind of man twice finally resurrects her life." 

Karen E. Lee grew up in rural Southern Ontario, Canada, and is a retired clinical psychologist and management consultant. She has lived in Canada, England, and Hawaii. She received an undergraduate degree in 1970 in anthropology, worked in exploration geology in Toronto and Calgary, and in 1991 became a chartered psychologist in Alberta. She moved to England in 1995, where she lived and worked as an independent management consultant for ten years. Her consulting work and general interest have taken her to many different countries: the British Isles, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech republic, Greece, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria, Turkey, Peru, Nigeria, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Today, she helps her husband, Bill, in his jewelry business, volunteers for political concerns, and is on the board of Peer Support Services for Abused Women (PSSAW). She and her husband live in Calgary, Alberta.

This was very hard for me to read. I could not imagine going through what she did. She became a strong woman by overcoming what she went through and not letting it hold her back. This is not a light read. At some points I wanted to cry because I just couldn't handle it.

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I have a chronic illness and sometimes I find books that have illness as a major theme hard to read. For me, one of the purposes of reading is escapism. I don't enjoy books that hit too close to home in that way.

I don't enjoy books with rape scenes or child abuse.

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