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Publisher's Summary

In 2006 Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story called "To Write Love on Her Arms" about helping a friend through her struggle with drug addiction, depression, and self-injury. The piece was so hauntingly beautiful that it quickly went viral, giving birth to a nonprofit organization of the same name. Nine years later To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is an internationally recognized leader in suicide prevention and a source of hope, encouragement, and resources for people worldwide.

Jamie's words have been shared hundreds of thousands of times online. They've shown up on T-shirts and posters and even tattoos. Now, for the first time, Jamie's writing is available in the form of a book. If You Feel too Much is a celebration of hope, wonder, and what it means to be human. From personal stories of struggling on days most people celebrate to offering words of strength and encouragement in moments of loss, the essays in this audiobook invite listeners to believe that it's okay to admit to pain and it's okay to ask for help. If You Feel Too Much is an important book from one of this generation's most important voices.

©2015 Jamie Tworkowski (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"I’ve heard countless stories from people who were hurting, lonely, confused, and even suicidal - they were able to find a toehold in Jamie's words. They love him because he accepted them as they were, told them they didn’t have to act, and let them know their story contributed to the beauty." (from the foreword by Donald Miller, New York Times best-selling author of Blue Like Jazz)  

"It's rare that I'm truly inspired by what life brings to my front door. Meeting Jamie was one of these rare moments. He has the biggest heart and when he says the words 'You matter,' you believe him." (Alex Morgan, US Women's National Soccer Team)

"Jamie loves people unlike anyone I’ve ever met. He is also a humble guy and a faithful friend. He’s the one who has offered to come on my darkest day, to cry with me, and on my best day to celebrate. His brand of love is one without judgment, boundaries or pretense. This book gives you a wonderful glimpse at Jamie’s beautiful heart. You’re in for a treat." (Bob Goff, New York Times best-selling author of Love Does)

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  • James
  • 08-06-2015

I needed this

I know what it is like to feel too much. I know crippling sadness. Jamie encouraged me to keep living & hoping despite my sadness. You are not alone. If you too feel deeply then listen to this book, it's worth your time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-2021

Dear Jamie,

Thanks for your rare, real & true emotions in this book. Having found TWLOHA during my teen years where darkness surrounded me, I found light & hope to push forward. This is a book of stories, hope, light & dark, with Jamie’s steady, & calm voice this book is understood how it’s meant to be.

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  • George B.
  • 13-02-2021

Wow.

Thank you. Thanks for writing this, Jamie.

I’m going to listen to this maybe twice a year.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-2020

Real. Raw. Life changing.

This book brought me on a journey. I read it a few years back and I come back to it from time to time. I find comfort in Jamie’s words and hope in his stories.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-2019

love it!

I absolutely loved listening to this book. I would recommend this book to any and all.

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  • mammloca
  • 15-02-2017

So much emotion. So much felt

What made the experience of listening to If You Feel Too Much the most enjoyable?

Jaime Tworkowski's voice giving life to his words made this book so enjoyable. I can feel every emotion that he felt when he wrote each section of this. It truly is beautiful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of If You Feel Too Much?

It is hard to choose just one moment but when he talks about his father and their relationship during Elephant, i just broke down.

Have you listened to any of Jamie Tworkowski’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any of his other performances but I will definitely do so now.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book is moving. The raw emotion in his words and stories makes me want to be a better person.

Any additional comments?

Everyone should read this....whether you are young, old, depressed or not, all races...everyone. Because it truly makes you see and feel and realize that we all need people in our lives and love truly is the answer to everything.

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  • Tristan
  • 27-01-2016

Absolutely Fantastic Book

This book is amazing and inspiring and actually listening to Jamie tell his story is such an experience. I'd recommend this book to anyone struggling or feeling alone or just want to listen to a really great story!

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  • Jen Lynn
  • 07-09-2021

BE CAREFUL, THIS CAN CAUSE "TRIGGERS"

This was an amazing book/stories of ALL things That came about with To Write Love On Her Arms.... Great STORIES OF how Jamie spent Years of his life to start this organization without KNOWING THAT HE WAS STARTING ANYTHING, other than to help a Stranger/Friend of a Friend out in her time of need .. Not Only does he continue to help others with their personal mental health, but he is along for the ride, dealing with his own issues as well... Jamie doesn't JUST TELL A STORY, but he gives multiple stories, REAL LIFE issues, and that WE ALL NEED OTHER PEOPLE, HIS words "quotes" can truly HIT 2 the HEART!
**💥💥MY WARNING is.... YOU need to be at a place in your own life to get thru this book, as it can cause tons of triggers, ESPECIALLY IF YOU DON'T KEEP READING/LISTENING... SOME OF THE CONTENT CAN HIT 2 CLOSE 2 THE HEART, AND IF YOU DON'T LISTEN TO ALL OF THE STORIES THROUGH OUT... YOU CAN DEFINITELY FIND YOURSELF IN A DARK PLACE... Myself, in recovery, From Dual-Diagnosis, Substance abuse and mental health (+10 years) I found myself at a point of relapse, going back to places within me to feel the NEED/WANT to self- harm.... AGAIN, THIS IS AN AMAZING job, but YOU have to be prepared for hearing things, and be at a place in your life to where you are able to deal.... Unfortunately, 3rd time reading/listening, I wasn't able to get through some of the book, due to the circumstances I was in at the time... OVERALL, ASTONISHING READ!! I fully support TWLOHA, and ALL they do!!
** EVERYONE'S STORY IS IMPORTANT!!💥💥

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  • Therese M.
  • 01-04-2019

When did he say the next book will be out?

This is one of the most unique, thoughtful, understanding compassionate things I have ever heard!! BTW, I listen to music or TV or you or them 24/7 UNLESS I STFU AND DO WHAT "THEY" SAY!!! Let's SHOW them OUR POWER!!! #MakeChesterProud

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  • Lila
  • 02-12-2018

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Loved every bit of this story. It is inspiring. It is compelling. It makes me want to truly live.

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