Just Be You!
This is a wonderfully inspiring, uplifting book for anyone. It is a guide for living a full, honest life. This book is a beneficial how-to if you’re struggling with life or just need a boost in spirit. There are also chapters on how to relax about parenting, how to be part of a healthy, giving couple, what to do when you retire or change careers, how to laugh when life throws repeated curve balls, and how to be who you feel you truly are, deep within your soul, despite social pressures.
The best part of this book and what sets it apart from the rest: in each chapter, there are exercises and spaces to write, making it a personal workbook that can be used and modified throughout life. Cecilia, the therapist who wrote Who Needs a damn Therapist Anyway?, put in the very same exercises she sends her clients home with in private sessions. They are tried and true and they work!
It’s never too late to be the person you want to be. Leave the past behind, look forward and live the life you’ve dreamed of living.
24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Entry Title “Who Needs A Damn Therapist Anyway?”
Author: Cecilia A Tucker
Judge Number: 39
Entry Category: Inspirational
Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”. This scale is strictly to provide a point of reference, it is not a cumulative score and does not reflect ranking. Our system only recognizes numerals during this portion of logging evaluations. As a result, a “0” is used in place of “N/A” when the particular portion of the evaluation simply does not apply to the particular entry, based on the entry genre. For example, a book of poetry or a how to manual, would not necessarily have a “Plot and Story Appeal and may therefore receive a “0”.
- Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
- Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
- Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
- Plot and Story Appeal: 5
- Character Appeal and Development: 5
- Voice and Writing Style: 5
“The author has done a terrific job of welcoming the reader into the book, with clearly-defined goals and a very smart list of the hierarchy of needs.
Author shows expertise in the subject matter and wisely transcends too much clinical-speak to make the subject matter engaging. Her writing voice is warm and relatable, essential to a guide through these topics that may have plagued the reader for years.
The chapters on ‘Basket Toss in the Dark’ and ‘SSSSelf’ with the revelatory material on dealing with narcissists – a particular challenge to one’s emotional and faith levels – stand out as high points in the book. The author creates multi-faceted levels of use via the well-chosen questions the reader gets to answer, and we find many of the questions fresh and unique, truly useful and thought-provoking for present and repeat answering. Well done.
The material on being a Volunteer Hostage is written especially well and again opens up new ground for the reader who may have consulted several books in a challenging recovery or wellness journey.
Excellent coverage of forgiving and forgetting, giving the reader a freedom from misconception, and giving permission to cut loose the toxic relationship. The pace is excellent, and the author keeps a supportive tone throughout, never over-describing yet fulfilling exploration of some tough topics. Enjoyable and recommendable.”
“Once I sat down to enjoy a hot cup of peach blossom tea and picked up this book to read, I blew my afternoon as I could not put it down. Cecilia Tucker brings life to words and you know she wrote this book because she loves people. It is a book you can relate to as well as utilize the exercises given to bring clarity and order to your life. I believe in therapists. It is something you have to be open to in order to isolate painful issues and begin the healing process. There is a lot of good stuff in this book. Life is very complicated. It does not have to be painful. I highly recommend this book!” Betty G. O’Hearn
“Cecilia’s work is a down-to-earth approach to addressing issues in our lives. She cites incidents in her own life to make examples of how to believe in yourself and change behavior to aid us in achieving a new perspective and a new balance in our life. Highly recommend this book.” Annonymous
“A real book written by a real person to help you with real life. A hopeful, helpful book for anyone.” Amazon Customer
“Loved this book. Started to thumb through it and couldn’t put it down. I ‘m not a huge fan of self-help books but this one is very different. Straightforward, easy to understand language, infused with humor and hope even while using tragic/difficult events in the authors own life as examples as to how one can not only survive the events of ones life but actually grow and thrive because of them. Cecilia Tucker is an inspiration and her book is a gift. I found the reader work portion at the end of each chapter to be very thought provoking and helpful. The exercises helped me to organize my thoughts, personalize the information and apply the lessons learned in the chapter to my situation, life and goals. I will be passing this book out to friends and family for Christmas this year.” Kristen Alexander