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Sandy's Gift: Walking With the Light

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In 1996 the U.S. House of Representatives and President Bill Clinton passed a law today known as 'HIPAA.'

Sandy's Gift is an intimate and shocking true story that tells of the plight in which this law places American families with members afflicted by mental illness.
Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Cedar Forge
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Mar 05, 2017 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
I have had a slight taste of what it is like to deal with a relative with a mental illness. Although, my exposure was limited. Mr. Dunn did a marvelous job of sharing Sandy's story. Having never met her but reading this book I felt like I did. I think that she would be proud of her husband for bringing awareness to mental illness. What was very unfortunate for Mr. Dunn and his daughters was the lack of compassion, duty, and HIPAA laws that were all put in place that should have helped them but a ...more
Leslie Morgan
Mar 24, 2017 Leslie Morgan rated it it was amazing

I just finished reading Sandy's Gift: Walking With the Light by William P. Dunn IV and it was an incredible book but hard to get through because of what it shares. The author of the book, William P. Dunn IV, writes from his perspective sharing about the situation he and his family went through dealing with his wife's, Sandy, mental illness.

It's hard for me to say that I enjoyed this book because the information it shares is so deep and hard to swallow BUT I highly recommend this book for anyone
Corinne Rodrigues
I think that one of the hardest struggles for a family to face is to see their loved one’s mental health deteriorate. This is especially hard on spouses who gradually watch their partner morph into another person and must stand by and watch helplessly. In sharing the story of his own family, William Dunn has allowed us to get a close insight into just how hard that can be.
This is a hard story to write and the author’s seems to struggle a bit to give facts and yet make it personal. However, the s
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Mar 12, 2017 Kristin's Novel Cafe rated it really liked it
My Review: 4/5
How am I supposed to write a review on a memoir of the author’s wife?  That’s the question that has been bothering me since I finished this book.  So, I’m going to do this review a little differently.
Ok, to get the technicalities out of the way…is it the best written book?  No.  Can the story be more in depth with better character development?  It is not fair of me to judge this book in that way.  Critically speaking, it did start out a little slow, and it was a little jumpy at tim
Mar 24, 2017 Elisha rated it it was amazing
This book intrigued me because not only do I enjoy memoirs but one of my minors in college is clinical psychology. On the other hand, I have always found it difficult to 'review' memoirs. That said...this was a very honest and poignant read. I have known about HIPAA for quite some time having my mother and other relatives in the medial field. I got a closer and deeper look into it while earning my bachelors in psychology. Like other healthcare laws, it has flaws. One thing that seems to be new t ...more
Marilyn R.
Mar 14, 2017 Marilyn R. rated it really liked it
As an interviewer and writer, my focus is on hearing and giving wings to the stories of others. Sometimes, like with Sandy's Gift, I have the opportunity to read a book that offers me this same experience. I was delighted to be selected to review Sandy's Gift as it opened my eyes to a struggle I have not personally faced and gave me some insight into what those I know going through this struggle might be dealing with.

The author has not just focused on one difficult time in his journey. Dunn offe
Mar 21, 2017 Dawn rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have heard so many times about abused women who are unable to get help or even when they do get help, it's not enough. I have also heard about children being "lost" in the system by Family Services. But I never realized that the family of a person with mental illness could have so much difficulty getting help. I understand the idea behind HPPA but how ridiculous! And I know tha
Stacey Schneller
Mar 15, 2017 Stacey Schneller rated it it was amazing
Based on a true story about the Author’s wife who has a mental illilness. This was a sad story for me to read. At times I had to put the book down to stop for a few minutes  Bill did an excellent job on this story and raising awareness of mental illilness. He helpes his wife through just about everything and I admired him for doing that. A job well done. 

I received a copy of this book from IReads book tours to give a honest review. Thank you
Steve Nichol
Steve Nichol rated it really liked it
Mar 07, 2017
3.5 stars

Thanks to the author for providing a copy of the book for reading and reviewing purposes.

Mental illness is not a high priority for care providers in our medical communities. Sandy’s Gift centers around the invasive and divisive nature of mental illness. There are also the difficulties encountered by the families in finding care facilities.

I had difficulty “getting into” Sandy’s Gift and the author’s writing style. Dunn’s writing style was stiff, reading as if these pages were business d
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