Help Is On Its Way: A Memoir About Growing Up Sensitive
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15 of 15 found the following review helpful:
On Being Bright, Sensitive and Intense May 18, 2008
By Paula Wilkes Consulting
I was a bright, sensitive and intense child, so I can relate to the story told by Jenna Forrest in this powerful memoir about a child struggling to understand and live with her sensitivity and intensity. I run a center for gifted education, and I was looking for a book that could explain to parents and teachers what it is like for a child to be bright, sensitive and intense. Her story is so important that I am making it the book club choice for my fall course on the social and psychological foundations of gifted students. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is sensitive and intense or loves someone who is a highly sensitive person.
10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
An excellent read!! Jun 05, 2007
By G. Walter
I thought this was a great book. So many times, it's so easy to remember childhood as an easy time when all anyone had to do was play and had no responsibilities. Often we forget that childhood is actually a
very tough, confusing time for anyone, especially a deeply emotional and sensitive kid like Jenna. In the book, Jenna Forrest vividly explores the fears, love, anxiety, and wonder of childhood not through the filter of an adult looking back, but through the wide-open eyes of a child. And she nails it. The sights and smells of the world of a child are so real and tangible you feel like you're really living in Jenna's skin. I recommend this book for anyone who was ever a child (and to anyone who ever wants to be a parent.) There are an amazing number of life lessons here, but the tone is never pandering or didactic. She just let's the world unfold and allows us an intimate peek into a time of life that most of us have boxed up and long forgotten.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
For sensitive adults and parents of sensitive children Sep 04, 2008
By Philip F. Young
Jenna Forrest shares a profound gift with us by allowing readers of her memoirs to peer into her soul. Her poetic prose amplifies the experience to the degree that we can feel the vinyl on the chairs and hear the scratch in LPs she describes in her journey through childhood. Her words give voice to our child's mind with authentic eloquence, beauty, humor, sadness, fear, and hope.
If you are sensitive person, the parent of a child who is highly sensitive, or in relationship with a sensitive person, then you should read this book for its many, many insights and honest reflection. The reading is not always easy because a child's truth, so well expressed in this book, tells us all how much help the world and the people around us need.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Powerful insight into the heart of a child Dec 28, 2008
By Nancy Fursetzer
The author is a great communicator! I find such child-like pleasure as I read this book. Perhaps Jenna's inner child wrote it?... as my inner child is reading it. I experience the anguish of that inner child (both the author's and mine), yet I also feel the joy of life from a child's perspective when everything was fun, exciting, fresh, important, and NOW; when exuberance was pulsating through my cells; when wishing, hoping, and dreaming were my method of operation. Even though that same exuberance -- when crushed -- was the source of pain, I am reminded how exciting life is through a child's eyes. I strive to live that way now -- full of enthusiasm and delight -- with my "adult" as my constant companion, always available to soothe my delicate "child within."
I highly recommend this book as a means of experiencing childhood through adult eyes.
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
An unbelievably close look at a child's feelings Jun 22, 2007
By Certified Master Dog Trainer & Author
"Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs"
In this book, Jenna Forrest has really captured a child's view of life in a way that brings us, as adults, back to our own childhood feelings and memories with a clarity most of us have likely lost.
As a parent, it is refreshing to realize how our own children may perceive things that to adults may seem ordinary or important. I hope to take this perspective into my daily interactions with understanding my own children.
A true story, Forrest bravely bares her soul in a memoir that is sure to touch every reader. There were many inspirational messages throughout the book, discovered by Forrest as she matured. My favorite being one that we all can and should bring to our own adult lives... "Being closer to people. I think that's what freedom really is... Realizing with relief that you are at last ready to show people your eyes instead of your back." I think it takes great courage to do this and I know I strive each day to live in just that way.
A fantastic read. Great front cover, but I don't think the description on the back cover does justice to the depth of the story.
Get it. Read it. It was great.
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