This summer, there’s a world of healing to be had. Here are three books by Santa Barbara authors who have written about their personal struggles — and are here to help you with yours. These road maps help you with everything from disease to romance, though some would argue those issues aren’t terribly different. So take a look at these recently published self-help books: one about mentally healing after a cancer diagnosis, one about dealing with one’s parents, and one about feeling prepared for romance.
Diana M. Raab’s Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey: A combined self-help manual and memoir, this book is the result of the author’s struggle against breast cancer and multiple myeloma. Through journals, reflections, poetry, and prompts for the readers, Raab provides a guidebook for others who are in similar situations.
Raab incorporates her personal experiences, from diagnosis to surgery, into a creative and thoughtful work. She includes some related pieces of poetry as an example of a method of dealing with cancer. This book can guide the reader with a compassionate rendering of a painful subject. If you’re interested in this topic, this is a well-written and helpful manual that inspires personal growth and healing.