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Brought to you by Penguin.   

Nearly all of us find change difficult. But what wisdom can we glean from 'having a wobble' or 'going through a rough patch'? 

Psychotherapist Julia Samuel guides us through how the most troublesome times of our lives can teach us to grow and transform ourselves.  

This Too Shall Pass unflinchingly deals with major issues relating to: family, love, work, health and identity. We follow the personal narratives of 20 or so everyday people in their 20s to 80s during their most vulnerable and transformative experiences. 

We follow Jackson's character-building story of first love; Rachel's difficult return from maternity leave; Maria's midlife love crisis; Sara's hopeful new life as a refugee and Owen's well-received coming out.   

These are unforgettable and deeply intimate yet universal stories. They will resonate with each and every one of us and enlighten our own journeys in times of change - both good and bad.

©2019 Julia Samuel (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Boring

This has got to be the most boring thing I've listened to. Not only did the narrator's voice sound flat and monotonous, it was also depressing. I'd hate for this person to be my therapist. She'd probably drive me to suicide!

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Poignant and appreciated

I loved this book. I found it to be a soothing balm and with many wise insights.
It is a shame to read reviews calling it boring… It is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think many others will enjoy and find peace through its words and message.

For me it was the right balance of feeling “seen” and having previous vague ponderings fleshed out and reflected back to me, whilst also being presented with new thoughts and ways of seeing things.

In my opinion, a great book for many who are feeling challenged on the path of life and change, and also those who like to take a somewhat philosophical and thoughtful approach to life.

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so bored

I am so bored listening to this book. The narration is terrible sounding breathless as if narration of this book is exhausting and she can't be bothered. Also it seems that her counselling style is much the same. Waiting for her clients to come to their own conclusions without offering strategies, input or insight. There were however quite a few statistics thrown in which made it feel like the insight offered was, you are not the only one with these problems, there are others. This too shall pass.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-05-2021

Full of helpful insight

I really enjoyed the wisdom of this book. The calm, honest and non-judgemental attitude of Julia makes even the listener feel like they are in a safe space to learn, absorb and try to change alongside the case studies/patients she writes about in the book.

The audible narration by the author can be a bit monotone and I found I could only listen to this book at times when I could allow myself to become fully absorbed, such as on a solo car ride or walk, and not before socialising or high-energy engagements.

I think that this touches on so many important topics and is a great read/listen for someone on the self-discovery and self-acceptance journey.

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  • 11-03-2020

Awful

Depressing and monotone rather posh voice reading unremarkable book. Can’t imaging she’s a very good therapist. Waste of money

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  • Mamalina
  • 10-11-2020

A must for trainee counsellors

I am a student counsellor studying Person Centred Approach and found this book absolutely invaluable. Author gives insight into common issues that clients might bring into therapy room, she beautifully and tentatively tells clients stories, unfolding therapeutic relationships and her own process, and even mentions issues that she takes to supervision.
I opted for an audio version and found author's voice and manner of speaking very gentle and calming.

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  • Ellen
  • 17-04-2020

Didn’t enjoy

The book was narrated without any passion, very monotonous. Would be useful for someone focusing on transitions, therefore I think this is the wrong book selected for me

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  • paul cameron
  • 05-11-2020

emotionally engaging

this is a very thought provoking book with a real cross section of client stories. the author describes the sessions with imense detail and draws you into the therapy room. great book to read for any aspiring Thetapist.

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  • ronnimary
  • 24-03-2020

Agree with last review

Stopped listening a third of the way through, just didn't get me interested enough to want to listen. Shame.

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  • Andie Broomfield
  • 13-12-2021

Excellent in every way.

I absolutely loved this book and will listen again at some point ( and it's rare for me to ever consider going back to a book I've already heard). I'm a trainee counsellor so found this book particularly interesting and helpful...but I believe it would be equally as enjoyable to a layperson.

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  • claire loveday
  • 20-01-2021

Superb! And very helpful

I listened to this during my Lockdown 3 evening walks. Much was learned (and thought about) as I pounded the streets. I loved the case studies. There’s lots to take away from each one, which shows how well-crated this book is. Thank you!

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  • Catherine/Nick
  • 13-12-2020

Brilliant, compassionate and insightful

Such a helpful and compassionate book. As with Julia's previous book Grief Works, this book will stay with me a long time and be something I return to often.

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  • Mrs H C Schuster Bruce
  • 10-05-2022

Illuminating in so many ways

This book is a great companion - interesting and full of nuggets of wisdom. Julia is so wise that I would like flash cards of her nuggets of advice. Worthy of many a re-wind and the purchase of a hard copy !

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  • Andy
  • 24-03-2022

Deep ideas accessibly written.

I wish I had listened to this book when I was younger as I can relate to many of the scenarios regarding change . It is an honest narration by the author, but I think it would have been better to have a professional narrator.

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