Thursday, December 30, 2021

{ Night Bloomers by Michelle Pearce - TLC Book Tour }

 

 

About Night Bloomers

• Publisher: Ixia Press (September 16, 2020)
• Paperback: 224 pages

What if there are people, just like some flowers, who require the dark to bloom?

When we are plunged into the dark and difficult times in life, one of three things can happen next: the darkness can destroy us; it can leave us relatively unchanged; or it can help to transform us. In this hope-inspiring guide, clinical psychologist, Michelle Pearce, PhD, provides practical tools and wisdom for transforming and thriving in adversity and loss.

Just as some flowers require the dark to bloom, there are some people who do their best growing and becoming during dark and challenging times. In “Night Bloomers,” Pearce teaches us how to adopt the perspective of a Night Bloomer and to use the soil of adversity to grow something beautiful in our lives.

With a compassionate voice, Pearce shares her clinical expertise, her own journey through the dark, and inspiring stories of other Night Bloomers to help individuals learn how to heal and transform their lives not in spite of their difficult times, but because of them.

Drawing upon the research on post-traumatic growth, we are given a dozen practical approaches for transforming loss, pain, and suffering into positive growth and transformation. Each chapter explains an empirically based principle for handling adversity, followed by insightful writing prompts designed to help us experience the principle personally.

“Night Bloomers” guides us through the dark times in life, making them a fertile place to grow and become in ways we couldn’t have done so in the light.

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About Dr. Michelle Peace

Dr. Michelle Pearce is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Pearce is also a board-certified health and wellness coach, author, researcher, writing for wellness facilitator, and spiritual seeker.

After obtaining her PhD from Yale University, she completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Duke University Medical Center. She is licensed to practice psychotherapy in Maryland.

Dr. Pearce is the author of “Night Bloomers: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity” and “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Christians with Depression: A Tool-Based Primer.” She is also co-author of “Religion and Recovery from PTSD.”

She lives in Maryland, and when she’s not writing, you can find her salsa dancing or hiking in the woods.

Find out more about Dr. Pearce on her website and follow her on Instagram.

 
 
REVIEW:
Night Bloomers is written by psychotherapist Michelle Pearce, and tapping into her own life experiences, loss and disappointment, together with the tools she learned during her training, she brings us a book filled with wonderful analogies, skills and advice.
 
I've always thought that we grow the most during the times we are broken, disappointed and vulnerable.  Sometimes it takes a particularly dark time in our lives, to make us into the person we are.  In those moments of loss, we can either learn, pull from that pain and grow through it, or we just let the situation completely tear us apart.

It's not always easy to pull ourselves up, to keep going or to even want to continue forth when we feel like our whole life has fallen apart.

Michelle teaches us to take on those obstacles and to work around them.  One thing that really stuck out to me, was when she mentions Intention to Bloom, which means our own intention to want to grow from that situation and to bloom in and through it.  She teaches us that hope is such a powerful word and emotion, and we NEED to have hope.  

"Don't get your hopes up".  

Oh I've said that phrase to myself so many times, and have heard others say it too.  I never thought much about it, until I read this book and was forced to look not only at that phrase but the significance of saying it out loud.  We hinder ourselves from looking forward to a good outcome.

She explains that we get what we expect, and so if we hold ourselves back by not wanting or not expecting a good outcome, to begin with, we are more than likely not going to get what we hope for.

It's just small things like these that really made me stop and go "HUH!"

I thought Night Bloomers was fantastic.  It may not be for everyone, and some people may not enjoy it, but I found myself nodding along and at other times, stopping and realizing that I've been doing or saying things that have stopped me from personal growth.  

Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Ixia Press from providing me with a review copy.



 

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like one I could take quite a few things away from reading it. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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