Monday, July 11, 2016

It’s Not Your Journey by Rebecca Lombardo (Non-fiction: Review)

In her first published work, Rebecca Lombardo collects her internationally followed blog into the pages of It's Not Your Journey. Rebecca shares her struggles with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, self-injury, and recovery from a suicide attempt.
Rebecca candidly reveals her real and raw feelings on these subjects, as well as addressing other issues that have contributed to her downward spiral and eventual climb out of her own pit of despair. Issues such as the loss of her mother to lung cancer, the death of her brother, abandonment from friends and family members due to her hospitalization, and more.

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This was one book I found hard to get through. Not because it was bad, just the opposite. It is a powerfully written and brutally honest look at the life, and thoughts of someone plagued with bipolar and anxiety. It's rare for me to cry, but I found myself crying, and suffering with her on almost every page. I have recently be diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety, but have suffered with it all my life, and I can say, I could relate to a lot of her blog posts.  I love that this was a blog she started, and converted into a book. It reads almost like a journey, yet in those short bursts there is true power. Her story is one of struggle and triumph, loss and gains. This is not for the faint of heart, or those looking for a cozy feel good read, but this is a powerful tool for those who suffer, or know someone who does with depression, bipolar, or anxiety. This is the gritty truth, and in order to help and understand the people for who this is a reality, you must first see the world through their eyes. In this story, she shows clearly just that. Her truth and honesty filled with emotion resonates with the reader, creating an understanding that other books on this subject lack.
I'm 43 years old and have been happily married for nearly 15 years. I enjoy reading, writing, music, watching movies and sports. I live in Michigan with my husband and our cats. At age 19, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I have struggled with mental illness in many forms for more than 20 years. I'm a published author, bipolar blogger, and a mental health advocate. In addition, I am about to become a contributor for the Huffington Post.Follow Rebecca Facebook / Twitter / Blog / Website / Amazon