- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Skirt!; 1 edition (June 5 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762770082
- ISBN-13: 978-0762770083
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 558 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #304,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
This I Know: Notes On Unraveling The Heart Hardcover – Jun 5 2012
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"Susannah Conway's new book works magic: it meets us in our darkest moments―of grief, shame, hopelessness―and shows us how to transform them into love, creativity, and confidence. Written with tenderness, filled with gorgeous images and helpful exercises, she reminds us that the beauty we seek is always right in front of our eyes." --Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart "You hold in your hand one of those books. You will buy multiple copies of it to press into the hands of friends. You will mark it up with notes, and read passages again and again. You will not lend this out. This book was forged in grief and is lit by love. Feast your creative heart!"--Jennifer Louden, author of The Life Organizer and The Woman's Comfort Book"Reading Susannah's words feels like spending time with a perfect friend―the kind who mixes mojitos as she listens to your dreams, laughs and cries with you, and most of all, persuades you that YOU CAN DO IT! I lost count of the times I was inspired to put it down to take a photograph or to write in my journal. I'm still bowled over by the generosity of this book." ---Sarah Salway, Canterbury Laureate and author of You Do Not Need Another Self-Help Book
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This is a book about unraveling the layers of our lives, delving beneath the surface in order to better understand ourselves, our relationships, and our path. Author Susannah Conway uncovered this process following a tragedy―the sudden death of the man she loved. In sharing her journey of self-discovery, she reveals how grief reshaped her life and led her to reconnect with her creativity, make peace with her past, and learn to appreciate herself. You hold in your hands a guidebook of sorts, a collection of thoughts and theories, each chapter culminating in a small creative exercise for you to reflect upon and apply to your own life. With her words and signature dreamy Polaroid images, Conway reminds us that we are not alone, that living mindfully is a process, and that in time you can let yourself be who you were always meant to be.See all Product description
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Susannah Conway writes with heart and with sincerity, baring herself and the events of her life in a beautiful way. I am somewhat ashamed that I spent the first half of the book skimming every few pages and waiting to get to the actual exercise at the end of the chapter, or waiting for something more relevant to myself. I was expecting more, earlier, on actually unraveling the heart, rather than coping with grief and depression. (Truly valuable resources, I know from experience, but not what I was expecting from this book - at least, not for so much of it.)
That being said, I absolutely loved the second half of the book. The chapter on how women react to their own photographs drew me in and the book kept my attention from that point on. These chapters, later on in the author's life, were the ones I wanted to hear about - finding yourself, a tribe of one, taking chances on a new life. This is the point I find myself at now and I wish there was more material covering these topics. I found myself thinking that it would be wonderful to have lived near Susannah Conway when she started running her night classes - her skill at photography is undeniable and I would love to have more photography exercises than just what is in the book.
I must admit to picking this book up cheaply in ebook format, which detracted from the formatting and quality of the photos, but does mean I was not overly concerned by only loving half the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone struggling to cope with their grief, or wanting to simply know they are not alone. I am also left very interested in the Conway's co-authored book about photography, having seen her skill in the photos through this book.
If this book could be split in two, I would give the first half two stars and the latter half four stars. As it is, I average that out to three out of five stars.
Your book gave me so much hope that I will find a new bliss and direction for my life after such a deep loss. Frankie and I were a team and she was my life and work the past six years, making close to 350 appearances at schools. She was also a therapy dog and we did many visits to a senior assisted facility and hospice.
She was part of my journey and purpose, no doubt, and losing her in June was one of the hardest things I've ever gone through. Your book came along just at the right time. We read it for our Creative Book Salon that writing coach Cynthia Morris leads.
One paragraph in particular really struck me and helped me so much: "Each person experiences grief in their own individual way. And though I have often thought to lose a child would be the most devastating loss of all, there is no hierarchy to grief- only we can know the pain we fell and what we have lost."
There is no right or wrong way to grieve--though so often I think many don't understand that losing a pet can be just as hard, sometimes harder, than losing a human in our lives. But what you shared about the fact that there is no hierarchy to grief is so true. Thank you.
Reading your book has given me hope that through my grieving process I will come to a new place, a new path and the journey will continue in a new way. I look forward to that as it unfolds.
Thank you for writing such and honest and courageous book--you shared your heart and it truly showed--and it truly helped me.