The Story You Need to Tell: Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss

The Story You Need to Tell

Sandra Marinella, M.A., M.Ed.

$17.95 P, 9781608684830
New World Library

"If you have a story that has sucked the air out of you and made you feel as if you're going under, this book was written for you."

Sandra Marinella is an accomplished teacher of writing who turned her own personal story of cancer survival into her new book, The Story You Need to Tell: Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss. She begins by describing the blunt confrontation of her cancer diagnosis and the enlightening path of expressive writing that led to authoring this book. She describes expressive writing as defining human existence, a process that can change the course of life through the power of words.

In addition to her own recovery, she worked with numerous individuals dealing with trauma, illness, or loss using writing to move forward following a simple five-step plan. She touches on everything from OCD to the birth of severely disabled children, cancer, random shootings, post-war trauma, rape, and the loss of relationships.

Marinella has the unique capacity for creating depth and meaningfulness from extraordinarily difficult life circumstances, and her book describes and guides the incredible power of transformation through writing. Every reader will identify with the thread of humanity that runs through it and can benefit greatly from the healing power of writing.

May 1, 2017
Reviewed by: 
Allyson Gracie