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  • By Susie Odball
    Feb 28, 2015
    Rethreading my Life by Alanna McIntyre This book is an incredibly sensitive book about responses to pain. I love the way that Alanna guides the reader to look at nature as part of healing she is almost saying that if you do respond to nature, you will feel less hurt. In her lifestyle doing things is an integral part of her coping mechanism and it’s essential to keep active positively. It’s interesting how she writes this book, as one can almost taste, smell and touch what she is writing about. It’s fascinating that when she is talking about her husband how she uses the second person but for her personal pains she uses the first person. The first part of the book deals with what happened and direct feelings as a result of the suicide and then the second part is full of beautifully written verse with so much insight, such as the very last poem in the book “We All Have to Make this Journey We all have to make this journey What kind of journey? A special journey Where do we go? We are not... More > sure We will stay in the memory of those left behind” Ending the poem with “Their love is unchanged As they start their new journey without fear or pain”” This depicts what the book is about as it starts off with questions about how we will feel and then ends the poem and the book with a new journey.A wonderfully positive script.This book is indispensable if suicide has touched your life and can be read as a whole or can be delved in to remind ourselves of the distinctive feeling it emits.I recommend that the reader carries this book around with then even when they have finished reading it as it’s a great tool to healing. Review by Susie Oddball< Less
  • By Janet Woodjetts
    Nov 17, 2014
    A beautifully crafted account balancing deep emotional pain with a tender mindfulness of each day's positive gifts. This book touches all the senses while introducing us to life through the author's eyes and protecting us all at the same time. There comes with each page, a sense of tranquillity and acceptance of a journey being travelled together with an energy that is inspiring and seemingly endless.
  • By Stephanie St James
    Nov 13, 2014
    This isn't intended to be a Self Help book as far as I know but it had a surprising, tranquilizing effect on me. The author has an incredible gift for sprinkling, what would be normally described as a gloomy or negative subject, with a sort of positive magic that creates a calm but restorative life story. It is written with great clarity, no persuasive adjectives just a clear and honest account of the author's journey through a particularly mournful period of her life. She writes beautifully and with great openness, creating a seamless diary to which the reader has privileged access. Her clever and expressive words bring a colourful, artistic painting into every paragraph. I recommend everyone to pick this up with your first coffee of the day - read a chapter or two and feel calm and energized, ready for the day ahead. It's incredibly inspiring without actually meaning to be!
  • By P. Evans
    Oct 11, 2014
    This book really moved and inspired me. Like the author, I’ve had painful experiences loving and caring for people who had tragic outcomes. As I read ‘Rethreading My Life' I kept thinking, “Wow, that’s exactly what happened to me.” And then I’d pull back and realize how different our experiences were. But it was all so relatable. There’s a kind of magic in this book. In sharing such specific and intimate details about her own story, McIntyre manages to reveal universal themes. She’s giving such a pure description of grief that it invites the reader to bring to the same table his or her own experiences. It’s nice to feel less alone. It helps so much to see inside another family. But this is also very much about survival, and it's a hopeful and inspiring read. McIntyre describes her journey toward acceptance and healing, the things she did to cope, to feel better, and to achieve some degree of peace. And by doing that she invites the reader to find his or her own path to the same goals.... More > In a sense 'Rethreading My Life' is asking its readers: how much self-compassion and resourcefulness can you find in yourself when you need it the most? I wouldn’t trust this book if I felt that the author were climbing up on a podium and trying to sell us some sure-fire method for disposing of pain. This is not a book about making grief go away, but about accepting it, honouring it, and learning how to live with it — and about staying sane and slowly healing by doing things that make you feel better. 'Rethreading My Life' felt brave, sincere, never preachy, incredibly loving, and I can’t recommend it enough.< Less
  • By michelle lunn
    Oct 4, 2014
    This uplifting book helped me so much to subdue my own demons, reminding me to stay grounded and be focused in the moment. I was in awe of the sheer brutal honesty in which the author recounted her tale of loss, deep despair and her gritted determination to fight for her own inner peace. Whenever l find myself full of fear of past events in my own life, this is one book l shall reach for. It has taught me that anyone can find a new way of being. Opening this book is the first step!
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First Edition
NightWriters Press
September 28, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.74 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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