Book Review: Blind DevotionPosted: May 12, 2013
This week I read Blind Devotion: Survival on the Front Lines of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction by Sharlene Prinsen. I had seen this book for sale in local shops for many months, but I was hesitant to buy it because it was written by a local author (so I thought the writing wouldn’t be very good) and I thought it might be overly spiritual. However, I only proved to myself why you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover–Blind Devotion turned out to be a gripping and educational read.
In the book, Ms. Prinsen tells about her experience of living with her veteran husband’s untreated Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). With raw intensity, she describes the uncertainty, fear, and loneliness families can feel when coping with mental illness. She writes about keeping her family together during crisis. She also provides the much needed hope that those struggling with mental illnesses and their families are not alone and that there is help.
Blind Devotion is a great resource for many topics relating to mental health, including:
- Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS)
- Addiction (specifically alcoholism and prescription drugs)
- Caring for a loved one with a mental illness
- Treatment options and support resources
- Preparedness for crisis
If you or anyone you know struggles with a mental illness, please read this book. It will be well worth your time.