Nickie Coby (puppybraille) wrote,
Nickie Coby

Book Review: Strong at the Broken Places

While going through my RSS feeds a few weeks ago, I came across a link to an excerpt of a book called
Strong at The Broken Places: Voices of Illness A Chorus of Hope
the excerpt seemed good, and I liked the premise behind the book. It's written by Richard M. Cohen, who has M.S., and wrote the book "Blind Sided, Lifting a Life Above Illness". The book shares the stories of five people with chronic illnesses. It shares both the positive and the negative aspects of illness.

Luckily for me, the book is available in audio format, either on CD or on It's a good recording, and it's unabridged, which is what I prefer.

Overall, I liked the book's format. It has a good sense of continuity and shares how the participants connect. Each person he interviewed has their own chapter and their narratives are developed in depth. There are also reflections at the end of each chapter, pulling out one or two key themes which the author feels are important.

I also like that the book talks about hope, but isn't overly pollyanna. It tells things like they are, shows how we get through the days, but doesn't try to evoke pity. That commitment to telling the truth about life is what makes the book have an unsettling feel sometimes, but I prefer that to a book which pretends that everything is okay.

In short, I highly recommend this book. The narratives are meaningful, the author is honest and the narrative is engaging.
Tags: chronic pain, college, dialogues, disability related, faith, health, hope, humor, just plain life, reading, social work

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