Book Review By Wendy O’Hanlon, Acres Australia - December 2011
“You really have to walk in another man’s shoes to understand their life, and author Amanda Stuart has done that in evolving her role as a counsellor and psychotherapist – and now author.
Amanda’s path to becoming a counsellor began as child growing up in a dysfunctional (yet functional) family. Her work with young children then ‘turned on a light’ that childhood and family nurturing moulds an adult most profoundly. Thus began her own path of self-realisation and then the need/passion to help others deal with their childhood issues/traumas/doubts to become the adults that they could love – and in turn love others. Stuart doesn’t leave any stone unturned – physical, sexual and emotional abuse; alcoholism; absent parents; bullying; sibling rivalry.
How we `survived’ our childhood has a huge bearing on how we cope as adults in a complex and demanding world. Stuart’s book draws heavily on clients she has helped immensely over the years. I warn you, though, these chapters really hit raw nerves. Be brave, read this book (to help yourself, family or friends) and take a good grasp of life – and live!”
Book Review By Guy Vicars, National President, Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors - March 2012
“The Longest Journey: Finding The True Self is for people who are serious about facing up to what’s what and making changes for the better without the sugar coating and empty promises. It deals with what is now as well as what’s next.This is a book I would give my clients. I know they would benefit from it and its reading would accelerate their own therapeutic journey.”
“This book is for the client and it manages that task extremely well. The author has been able to turn very complex psychological theory into language that the reader will easily read and understand. But most importantly, they will be able to use it too.”
“I think one of the things I like most about this book is Amanda’s style. It is refreshingly frank. The book actually took me by the collar, sat me down and said ‘Look here…’ It states how real people’s lives are, in such a way that clients will, if nothing else, feel less isolated with their issues. Stuart manages to be very ‘real’ from word one right to the end of the book.”
“…Your book has arrived. I stopped work and started reading and have not been able to put it down. It is riveting. I like how much you say about yourself and your family.” (Peter)
“…I have almost finished the book and have loved reading every page… I recognise myself on so many of them. I worked with a counsellor for about five years, so many of the learnings have already happened for me. Your book was immensely helpful in reminding me about lots of things I’d forgotten, and it also helped me to join some dots that I hadn’t been able to in the past.” (Ange)