Sunday, January 10, 2010

Review: Gifts from the Child Within by Barbara Sinor, Ph.D.

Gifts From the Child Within brings a refreshing approach to guiding its reader to understanding the initial or underlying basis to their emotional suffering due to past childhood trauma. This recovery book is geared toward both professional and layperson. Its pages are filled with offerings from psychological, physiological, and spiritual perspectives which takes the reader on a journey into the soul. It is written with sensitivity and clarity inviting the reader to search within for healing.

As the author shares her own journey of childhood abuse, the reader is asked to address issues surrounding physical, mental, spiritual, and sexual abuse. Instructions are captured to guide one toward reaching for their own child within; releasing negative emotions; re-creating outdated childhood beliefs; and, to recognize the gifts the inner child has for us.

The process of Re-Creation Therapy(tm) is introduced by the author allowing the reader who follows its guidance to reap the effects of gradual changes in self-awareness which lead to a greater understanding of the psychodynamics the child within plays in the adult life. Included are a series of healing visualizations and autohypnosis suggestions; blank journal pages; and sample affirmations following each chapter.

Received from the author for review.

First of all, I found the naked child in the bubble to be really, really annoying. It was on the cover and used throughout the book. Something about it really bugged me.

The text was very densely packed throughout and had a distinctly academic feel to it. I found it lulling me into a sort of daze, which made it rather difficult to concentrate on the message.

I found it especially annoying that the author seems to take it for granted that everyone was raised in abusive homes and needs this particular therapy. It seems rather presumptuous. The system itself I found to be very, very strange.

This one gets two stars. It was certainly educational, and I'm sure it would be useful for some people. I can't say that I actually enjoyed this. I found the author's assumptions rather obnoxious and her wording was, at times, extremely grating with its childlike feel.

☆☆= Didn't Like It


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