First, We Make the Beast Beautiful

A New Journey Through Anxiety
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Audio (9.08 hours)
Product Number: Z100129695
Released: Apr 24, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062847270
Narrator/s: Sarah Wilson
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The New York Times bestselling author of I Quit Sugar transforms cultural perceptions of the mental health issue of our age-anxiety-viewing this widespread condition not as a burdensome affliction but as a powerful spiritual teacher that can deepen our lives. While reading psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison's groundbreaking account of bipolar disorder An Unquiet Mind, Sarah Wilson discovered an ancient Chinese proverb that would change her life: To conquer a beast, you must first make it beautiful. Wilson, a bestselling author, journalist, and entrepreneur, had spent years struggling with her own beast: chronic anxiety. And the words of this proverb would become the key to understanding her condition. First, We Make the Beast Beautiful charts Wilson's epic journey to make peace with her lifetime companion, and to learn to see it as a guide, rather than as an enemy. With intensive focus and investigatory skills, Wilson examines the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism of her own experiences. Pulling at the thread of accepted definitions of anxiety, she unravels the notion that it is a difficult, dangerous disease that must be medicated into submission, and re-frames it as a divine journey-a state of yearning that will lead us closer to what really matters. Practical and poetic, wise and funny, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad souls who dance with this condition to embrace it as a part of who they are, and to explore the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.

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Author(s): Sarah Wilson
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Apr 24, 2018

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Author(s): Sarah Wilson
Product Number EB00709343
Released: Apr 24, 2018
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Dey Street Books
ISBN: #9780062836809

Professional reviews

"Sarah Wilson offers an intensely personal and engaging study of anxiety, its history and mythology, its impact on individuals and society, and the ways it can be treated and managed. Her pointedness and vulnerability come through in her narration. As the author blurb notes, Wilson is a journalist, entrepreneur, and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, and the founder of IQuitSugar.com. She's accomplished quite a lot in four decades, sometimes in spite of and sometimes inspired by her lifelong struggle with anxiety. Meanwhile, her journey continues. Her voice is crisp (though sometimes her Australian accent requires extra attentiveness), and her tone is confessional, a compelling blend that minimizes any distraction from her meandering storytelling style. A.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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