Recovering The Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing (Vol. II, No.3), Ernest Dempsey
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by Ernest Dempsey, ISBN: 978-1615990481
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This issue explores the themes of recovery and healing through poetry, memoir, opinion, essays, fiction, humor, art, media reviews and education. Contributors to RTS Journal come from around the globe to deliver unique perspectives you won't find anywhere else! The theme of this issue is Addiction and Recovery. Inside, we also other areas of concern including:

Disaster Recovery
Abuse Survivors
... and much more!

This issue's contributors include: Morgan Phillips, Barbara Sinor, Christy Lowry, Margaret Placentra Johnston, Telaina Eriksen, David J. Roberts, Karen Sherman, Robin Lathangue, Patricia Wellingham-Jones, Sherry Jones Mayo, Alana Richardson, Sweta Srivastava Vikram, Jim Kelly, Tyler R. Tichelaar, Jo Ann Magill, Holli Kenley, Sam Vaknin, Robert Rugel, and George W. Doherty.
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Biography :

Ernest Dempsey started writing at 12. He has a Masters degree in Geology and one in English Literature. He has authored four books and, in just the last few years, seen the publication of his poems, essays, short stories, and literary reviews worldwide. He is now the editor-in-chief of the quarterly “Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing” and also works as the country editor for Pakistan on the celebrated Internet news channel Instablogs. Dempsey is now looking forward to completing his first novel. Learn more about Dempsey and his work at

Book Review :

Once again several exciting contributors provide insight into their addiction and recovery. I have had the honor of reading prior books from many of the authors and find their information very valuable to those who work in the field and those who are affected by addiction.

There are several stories that caught my eye in this journal- one was “Rethinking the „Monster? of Mental Illness.” We really need to look at these individuals through different eyes and not just what we see on TV or hear others say. Another was “Flannel Shirt,” by Tyler Tichelaar. He relives his wonderful moments with his grandfather who always wore a flannel shirt. However, there was an accident and his grandfather died from burns. The author never got to say goodbye to his grandfather or truly grieve for him.

In addition to stories, there are poems and quotes that provide inspiration to all. There are references to other great books and reviews of movies.
This is a very excellent form of journaling about trials we often go through. These recounts are not “woe is me stories,” but stories sharing compassion and great insight. This journal comes out on a quarterly basis and is something we should share with others. Each issue has a different theme of recovery.

(Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views)

Other books you might be interested in:

Surviving a House Full of Whispers
Rewriting Life Scripts: Transformational Recovery for Families of Addicts
Sacred Grief: Exploring a New Dimension to Grief
Recovering The Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing / Vol. 1, No. 1

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