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Trauma Stewardship by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky
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Jan 16, 12

Read from January 10 to 16, 2012

This book came along at the right time. Rather than proposing a template to follow to "fix" people who wade into any kind of difficult work that can leave you feeling hopeless, the authors provide a meditation on the personal stories, life experiences, and broad themes of those working with trauma.

I like the mix of personal anecdotes, interviews, cartoons, and exploration of spirituality, and the format lends itself to being a workbook rather than a read-and-think-about book. The author is able to hold compelling honesty, urgency, and commitment to justice while maintaining a nurturing tone. She encourages compassion and tenderness without looking away from the underbelly of trauma work that comes from burnout, fatigue, and messiah complex. I have already given a copy to a friend who is a kindergarten teacher for kids with difficult home lives.
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