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Carol E. Miller was 16 when the private plane piloted by her father crashed, pinning her in the wreckage, critically injuring her parents, and killing her 12-year-old sister. Compounding this traumatic event, her father told her he wished she had died instead of her sister. For the next 20 years, she labored under feelings of guilt and a lack of self-worth.

When another in a long line of personal crises landed her in therapy with an EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) practitioner, she began at last to investigate the crippling effects of the plane crash. Using bilateral stimulation to access her fiercely guarded memories, she learned to challenge the belief that the crash was all her fault and that she didn't deserve to be alive.

This is a brave and revealing memoir of recovery from tragedy and a fascinating, vividly narrated exploration of the increasingly popular eye-movement therapy developed to heal the wounds trauma leaves in its wake.

©2016 Carol E. Miller (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Kathy
  • 23-04-2018

Totally Mesmerizing and Much Better Than Fiction!

I knew it would keep my interest, as I have a degree in psychology, but I didn't think I'd hang onto every word of Carol's "life story" as she went through the process of sorting her life out. She has had extraordinary things happen to her, mostly things none of us would have wished for--from having multiple abusive parents to being in an airplane crash.

Carol's life was not going the way she felt it should and finally convinced herself to give therapy another chance. It was the most 'right' thing she ever did.

Listen to her story. It is amazing and fascinating. Every word of it! If you are at all like me, you will be mesmerized at how the therapy plays out, particularly as she is referred to an EMDR therapist. What is EMDR? Read this book and learn about how this almost magical yet highly regarded technique works.

Narrated by Lisa Flanagan--I had to keep reminding myself she wasn't the author. She was awesome!

Most highly recommended!

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  • Real Life Stories, LLC
  • 29-05-2017

Excellent, w/ rare insights into trauma

I do a fair amount of audio books and found this to be in the top tier. The writing is poetic, the tone intimate, and the content describes an inner process we rarely get to view: our own, or that of others.' While the dramatic audio performance is excellent, my one complaint is that, especially in the early chapters, Flanagan takes long, unnecessary pauses between every single sentence, which I found quite tedious until I resigned to it. Otherwise, and all in all, her voice is pleasant and captivating and the memoir wonderful: an extremely useful and important addition to the genre.

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  • Joy white
  • 12-01-2018

Mind Blowing

It is hard to believe that anyone would have so much happen to them of this magnitude , let alone find healing.
Although I was not familiar with this form of therapy it opened my eyes so that I'd want to share with anyone needing deep healing. I believe Carol's therapist is gifted.
Carol's willingness to share her journey through painful truth is amazing . But to write her story of healing was a testament to her amazing capability as a writer
The women who did the audio was best I've heard and I heard al lot.
I will highly recommend the book and this form of therapy.

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  • Mary
  • 18-09-2016

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As someone who has had EMDR therapy for a much less traumatic situation, this was a fascinating story in its parallels. I have complemented my recovery with EMDR CD's, which is what I was searching Amazon for when I found this book. Like Carol, I have discovered that what you start therapy for is often the a symptom of a totally other event. Kudus to her and her therapist! I am not sure if this would appeal to a broad audience, but for me it was

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  • Susan
  • 12-05-2018

Hopeful!

She told her story beautifully. It didn’t read like a counseling session it was captivating and inspiring.