First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety Read Online Free - This journey is what I do now. I bump along, in fits and starts, on a perpetual path to finding better ways for me and my mate, Anxiety, to get around. It's everything I do.
"... at once a nomadic journey, a cri de coeur and a compendium of hard-won wisdom ..." Professor Patrick McGorry AO MD PhD FRCP FRANZCP FAA FASSA, 2010 Australian of the Year
Sarah Wilson - bestselling author and entrepreneur, intrepid solver of problems and investigator of how to live a better life - has helped over 1.2 million people across the world to quit sugar. She has also been an anxiety sufferer her whole life.
In her new book, she directs her intense focus and fierce investigatory skills onto this lifetime companion of hers, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism her own experiences.
Sarah pulls at the thread of accepted definitions of anxiety, and unravels the notion that it is a difficult, dangerous disease that must be medicated into submission. Ultimately, she re-frames anxiety as a spiritual quest rather than a burdensome affliction, a state of yearning that will lead us closer to what really matters.
Practical and poetic, wise and funny, this is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad sufferers of the world's most common mental illness to feel not just better about their condition, but delighted by the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.
|Title||:||First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
March 21, 2017
Four stars for writing candidly about mental health. Bravo!
1 star for:
- Terrible editing.
- Blanket statements such as 'anxiety makes you fat'.
- Inconsistencies in timelines such as (and I'm paraphrasing) 'I haven't owned a car in 5 years' to 'I spent years researching what car to buy and I bought...
June 25, 2017
Pitched as a ‘new story about’ anxiety, this underwhelming book has moments of cut-through which are almost lost in celebrity name-dropping and privileged advice. There are the seeds of interesting ideas within the narrative, but each time one is approached the strangely stilted structure interfe...
March 09, 2017
As a very long time follower of Sarah Wilson, I so wanted to love this book. She is an inspirational person who has helped me greatly with my health (mental and physical).
I applaud her bravery and honesty as some aspects of the book are very hard to read. Evisceratingly honest, one might say. So...
June 12, 2017
This book isn't for everybody, but it was 100% for me. It seems people didn't like the meandering structure or the conversational style, which is a-ok, obviously. You do you. But I wanted to write a review because I found the book SO beautiful and helpful, and I was sceptical before buying it, so...
April 29, 2017
Sarah Wilson has long irritated me, often with no discernible reason, yet I have eagerly bought every book she's written. That should tell you where this review will ultimately head. (I loved it and I was often times irked by it.)
For some time now, I had suspected the reason Sarah Wilson both in...
February 22, 2017
I did not finish this book, I got nearly half way through and skimmed pretty much the whole thing, it was not engaging or thoughtful and all together crap! The whole book is Sarah muddling all this scientific explanations of anxiety and mental health and occasionally putting her 2 cents in and ag...
August 17, 2017
Well that took an awfully long time.
But a good read about anxiety and some coping mechanisms.
March 14, 2017
My favourite thing about this book was how it was part 'here-are-cool-things-I've-come-across-during-research' and part memoir. As I read, I kept making notes to myself on things that I needed to do further reading about in the future. The way Sarah looks at anxiety - as a help, not a hinderence...
May 04, 2017
Everyone knows that anxiety is craeted through/by childhood trauma.
Not sure how Sarah, with financial and professional status, has not dealt with her trauma properly.
It's clear at the very end of the book it's a trauma relating to her mother.
Lots of mistakes and errors.
Misleading - lo...
May 08, 2017
I loved this book. The inconsistency, the raw honesty and the unapologetic nakedness of the author was beautiful. It reads much like an anxious persons mind - some facts may not add up, backtracking, random side notes popped in. It felt like much being in my own brain, as if sometimes I was readi...