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A Promise of Hope

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Some children inherit "the family nose." Autumn Stringam and her brother Joseph inherited the family bipolar disorder, a severe mental illness that led to their mother's and grandfather's suicides. Autumn, at 22, was psychotic and in in a psychiatric hospital on suicide watch; Joseph, at 15, was prone to violent episodes so terrifying the family feared for their lives. But ...more
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Published 2007 by HarperCollins
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Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Autumn Stringam is a great writer. She is straightforward and honest as she describes a very personal, horrific life struggle with a severe form of mental illness. Her story is compelling, heartbreaking, and hopeful. The relief she finds through this supplement is truly miraculous. It is amazing that anyone with such a severe illness can be treated so effectively, so simply. Yet it has worked for many people. My friend, who knows the author personally, recommended this book and introduced me to ...more
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish we could rate with half stars, really I would like to give this 4 1/2.

My sister in law gave me this book to read, she sells EMpowerplus Q96, which is the vitamin/supplement behind the book.

This is the sorry of Autumn Stringham, who's father created the supplant after watching Autumn suffer with bipolar disorder her whole like. Autumn's mother and grandfather also suffered from this and ended their own life because of it. I would not normally pick up a book about mental disabilities but I
Katie Johnson
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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What an incredible story! I don't even know where to begin. I thought I knew quite a bit about mental illness, but I had no idea that Bipolar disorder could be so extreme. Her story is heartbreaking for what she went through, but also so hopeful, because of how bad her situation was- this story shows how truly amazing her recovery. Autumn Stringam is a very good writer. Sometimes a person has a very good story to tell, but it doesn't always mean they happen to be a good writer, but Stringam’s wr ...more
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! I feel honored, actually, to have read this personal account of the author's life dealing with Bi-polar in her life & her family's life and her first hand recollections of the pioneers who continue to fight to bring "Natural Healing" into the reality of Mental Illness / Conditions.

I highly recommend this book to skeptics in Psychiatry and anyone who has/knows someone with any Mental Illness / Condition. All the names in this book are real people - the names have not been changed. This is N
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a positive book about bipolar, go figure. I love autobiographies, especially autos about strong people. I liked that she's a local author (though the book takes place in Canada) and LDS. I like her writing too. I wouldn't mind reading about her dad-- he's the real hero. He had a wife and 2 children that were bipolar and finds a cure. and then fights the Canadian health care system so that he can legally use the cure. just amazing. ...more
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I have 2 children with mood disorders and am trying this supplement on them. It is working. I think this book also gives great understanding of what it is like to have a mood disorder and I learned a lot from it and gained an understanding of my children from reading this book. I would totally recommend this book to those who want an insight to mood disorders!
Mar 26, 2021 rated it did not like it
A two line summary: I would be scared to give this book to someone I wanted to have understand my disorder. This was a book aimed to destroy bipolar disorder, not help me live with it.

My full thoughts:
I could not stomach this book, I really couldn't. I wanted to make it all the way through, but quite honestly found myself too upset to do so. Reading the other reviews listed here reminds me how upset I felt reading this book, and I'm concerned by the lack of people with bipolar responding.

I have
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Bipolar disorder runs in Autumn Stringam’s family. Autumn and her younger brother unfortunately inherited the mental illness, but recovered through the incredible discovery by her father of a cure that has helped them and thousands of others.

Some children inherit the family nose. Autumn Stringam and her brother Joseph inherited bipolar disorder, a severe mental illness that led to the suicides of their mother and grandfather. Autumn, at 22, was psychotic and in a psychiatric hospital on suicide
Jake Crenshaw
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A moving and close to home roller-coaster of a story about how a family, after suffering the devastating loss of a wife and mother to suicide, come together to create a supplement to help thousands of Canadians manage complications of bipolar disorder and other mental health diagnosis. Eventually a legal battle that caused difficulties allowing them to distribute the formula to help others and closure.


I'm moves by the openness of her story. Her challenges far surpass anything I've been thr
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Compelling and invigorating new approach to BiPolar/Mental Health. I’m loving the opportunity for an all-natural approach. I will certainly be investigating this more. It really is the perfect title. A promise of hope it is.
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Zoe Zuniga
Jul 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with depression, chronic fatigue or autism and family members
Recommended to Zoe by: The author
I want to pass on some interesting info about they
created a line of natural supplements for bipolar disorder and
depression and chronic fatigue. I think this might be a missing link
for some people.

I just read an amazing book A Promise of Hope by Autumn Stringam. I
met her the long beach natural health expo. A sense of calm serenity
was what I felt from talking with her.

Extreme mood disorders run in her family and her mom and grand father
killed themselves because of it.

She and her brot
A Promise of Hope by Autumn Stringam

This book brings the reader inside the mind of a Bi-Polar Disorder patient in her own words. All the chaos, highs, lows, delusions, anger, and deep depression are felt in a way that could not ever be accurately described by anyone who has not lived the story. Autumn Stringam has lived the story. The depth of the urge to suicide is indelibly written. It is told with no holds barred in the still voice that is often seen in trauma victims describing what has happ
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I could write an adequate review of this book.
Amazing. Astounding. Incredible. Fascinating. Impossible? I guess not.

This is the story of Autumn. Her mother commits suicide after a long struggle with bipolar but it is never spoken of or even realized for her until she is quite ready to leave home -except she struggles with the same mood disorder.

The descriptions of her childhood are heart wrenching at times. I wonder how many children know to watch for "sad mommy" or "angry mommy
Carisa Crosbie
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My husband was recently diagnosed with Bipolar and has tried pharmaceutical drugs. Although they did seem to help a little for a little while, they were unable to treat all symptoms, and they did have side affects. A friend of mine recommended this book to me as she has 2 children who were diagnosed with bipolar years ago and also tried the med route for years without success, finally coming across TrueHope and using their product for her children (the vitamins Autumn used to heal herself). Her ...more
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
A Promise of Hope is the largely autobiographical story of Autumn’s childhood and young adulthood facing the struggles of manic depression. The latter third of the book recounts how Autumn, her father, husband and friends fought to legalize a miraculous treatment that has allowed her to live a normal life. This may sound a little heavy for some of you, but I assure you A Promise of Hope is a gorgeous read, both inspirational and touching. Yes, some chapters made me weep, others made me irate, bu ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
A courageous woman. A story of hope, for sure.

There are some books that truly create empathy and understanding. I didn't "feel" prejudice til I saw it through the eyes of Melba Beals in Warriors Don't Cry. How do you understand what women experience in the middle east - read a book like A Thousand Splendid Suns. A Promise of Hope is THAT book for mental illness. Autumn bore her soul in this book and I felt her terror, her pain, her confusion, every raw emotion. I was hoping for her cure. You ca
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written account of the dark and terrifying confines of mental illness from the perspective of a child growing up with a mentally ill mother and then her rapid decent into her own mother's hell as she began to battle the same demons in her own mind. Her father's willingness to sacrifice everything to save his daughter and son with an unorthodox treatment speaks to the love of a parent and the ability for God to provide a way.

A compelling story, no doubt. I was drawn to the author's
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone with bi-polar diagnosis
Recommended to Lorena by: Tamara Laing
This powerful book was spell-binding - I couldn't put it down. While difficult to read because of content, it added greatly to my understanding of what a person with bi-polar disorder goes through. For anyone that suffers through that, or knows others who do, this is a must-read. The fact that it has a good ending makes it bearable to read. I enjoyed it from a literary standpoint too - she writes well. I would not recommend this book for youth, just because the material is so intense. She paints ...more
Dec 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a real glimpse into mental illness
This book was intense. The author's mother and grandfather both suffered from bipolar disorder and committed suicide. The author also is diagnosed with bipolar and is committed to a psychiatric ward. Her father shares his story, about his wife and his two children who now have bipolar, with a friend at church. The friend says that their behavior sounds like something that some pigs go through and they have a supplement they give the pigs that seems to clear it up. The father ends up creating a n ...more
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was given to me at work, because the author came to town for a book tour. It's actually a pretty interesting story about a woman who came from a family with bipolar disorder. Her mother died of the illness and the author found it enveloping her as well. Determined to save his family, her father and his friend developed a nutritional supplement that allowed Autumn, her brother and several thousand people to treat their mental illness with a supplement that was originally designed to tre ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I grew up with a friend that was diagnosed as Bipolar. I thought I understood the things she dealt with and the struggles she had through high school and even as an adult. She has lost job after job and struggled to be a single mother of four children, all the while fighting the state of Idaho for disability income. It was so difficult for her to get the state to see why Bipolar was disabling. This book has opened my eyes to the real inner conflicts and dangers of the disorder. I realize I didn' ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audio version of this book after my friend's son who was diagnosed bipolar was cured by the TrueHope vitamin product. It is read very expressively by the author, and is an absolutely fascinating story. The author's mother committed suicide and the author herself got close to the same breaking point before she was cured. With a bipolar wife, and two or three bipolar children, the author's father went on a quest to find something that would help them, and ended up finding it in a ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-problems
Autumn tells her story so vividly it is like you are experiencing bi-polar yourself! And I think that is what I gained by reading this, which I had hoped to when I saw the cover. For some reason I have interacted with so many people who have bi-polar or related illness, and I have struggled to find empathy and to understand their treatment of other people. Thank-you Autumn for enlightening me!
On an unrelated topic, I did feel a LOT of empathy in Autumn's struggle to access her natural drug cure.
This is a fantastic, heart-wrenching read. It is the story of a Canadian woman who suffered from a serious form of bipolar disorder; her mother also suffered and ended up committing suicide. Autumn's life story is mesmerizing to read.

Not only is the story riveting, but Autumn Stringam is a talented writer as well. The narrative flows, carrying you along, without becoming maudlin or sentimental. It is a book which raises many questions about family dynamics, about mental health and assumptions ma
Oct 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
that living in a family plagued with mental illness I am not alone and new non-drug treatments based on vitamin and mineral research that might change the face of mental illness recovery and wellness. Her story is beautifully written straight from the heart and I could relate to so many things she experienced, very touching, disturbing but hope-filled all in one.
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I gave this 5 stars because of it's life altering effect on me. I was privileged to meet Autumn today and hear her speak and review her story and even autograph my book! The first part is not an easy read and I have to take a day off to process it but it is a miraculous story and I'm grateful it was written and shared. ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fascinating story about a woman with bipolar disorder. So many heart-wrenching moments and terrifying events in her life (like when her mom drove them into the river...!!!). Whether or not the supplements that cured her work for everyone, it was an eye-opening book for me in regards to mental illness and I would recommend it to everyone.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There were some things in this book and Autumn's childhood that were difficult to read. I wouldn't want my children to read it on their own. However, it has helped me to understand someone with a mental illness. She gave me tremendous hope to try the supplement her father created, and it has changed the lives of our whole family! ...more
Feb 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I met Autumn a couple of years ago and she always seemed like such a "together" person to me. Reading about her background made me realize the struggles that she went through and it has raised my opinion of her even higher. What an amazing woman! ...more
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