Book Review: Gift of Desperation by Robim M. Gilliam

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Gift of Desperation by Robin M. Gilliam is one of the most moving and provocatively written stories I’ve read about healing and recovery from addiction.

Claire Sebastion is a cleverly written character. She pulls at your nerves and your heart as we follow her journey of recovery from addiction. She is a charming and well-written character. Using her sexuality and alcohol as a means to escape from her life, Claire finds herself in a dark, heavy and perilous place in her life. When she discovers her talent and passion for art through Art & Healing, Claire takes the courage and time to face her past and chooses to start anew. She chooses to allow herself to heal. With the help of other strong characters, such as Evi and Aunt Jo, the story is carried on a rushing wave of emotional prose in Claire’s voyage to restored mental and physical health.

Claire’s story is one of hope. She uses art as an escape from her confines of desperation. The art that is described in the book is so clear, vivid and open that readers can see the images with their own minds eye. The art seems genuine. The story is clearly cathartic and could very well have elements to it that are real. There is a very strong message and inspirational lesson in Gift of Desperation. It is simply to not give up no matter how hard it is to give up an addiction. Many vices enrapture us. Although our vices are different, addiction is real and our mental health matters.

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Congratulations to the author of Gift of Desperation, Robin Gilliam! She celebrates 25 years of sobriety this year. She is a life thriver! Check out her Recovery Art Studio on Facebook. Every little victory is an encouraging testimony for us and to each other.

Connect with Robin Gillam at robingilliamsart.com/ and on Twitter @robingilliam10
You can check out Gift of Desperation here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1632634244

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Review of When You Bleed To Death by Jeremy Bronaugh

It’s BPD Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. What books would be appropriate to read and review other than books based on mental health and BPD. This book takes the reader into the mind of a young man who struggles with BPD and various emotional and mental health issues stemming from the disturbances in his every day life and unstable relationships.

This is my review of When You Bleed To Death by Jeremy Bronaugh.

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Brody is depressed and self destructive. Struggling to cope with his girlfriend’s suicide, Brody turns to drugs and self harming for relief. His friendships are short lived and unhealthy, and he doesn’t seem to be able to keep up with school. It seems like his life just can’t get better. Perhaps it’s because Brody runs away, pushes people away and hurts himself especially when he feels like he’s being wronged.

His relationship with Tiffany is very troubled. He stalks her when they break up and against his better judgement seems to dig himself a deeper hole each time they try to reconcile. Just when you think things could get better for Brody, it seems to go in the opposite direction. The way the book ends leaves me wondering about him and what route he decided to take. It seems like a sad ending that you may be able to figure out. Although, I do wonder if it’s actually what I think may be the end of Brody’s story…

Check out Jeremy Bronaugh on Amazon and Goodreads!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jeremy-Bronaugh/e/B00PNYCQEQ

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9863914.Jeremy_Bronaugh