Item description for The Comfort Book by Jane Seskin...
Psychotherapist, social worker and writer Jane Seskin offers a practical approach to easing one's way through life's difficult moments. The Comfort Book presents a wide variety of tranquil throughts and actions for self-healing. In today's hectic world of work, responsibility and survival, Seskin finds that people have forgotten how to soothe and take care of themselves. The Comfort Book is a compilation (gathered from people of all ages and all walks of life) of easy-to-follow thoughts and actions, mental retreats, location visits, creative ideas, books, movies and even foods that nurture and nourish. The Comfort Book provides a road map to the caretaking and comforting of one's own self.
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Jane Seskin is a licensed clinical social worker and the author of eleven books and numerous non-fiction articles. Her poetry has been published in magazines and journals and she was selected for a poetry residency to the Vermont Studio Center. For 20 years she worked with survivors of violent crimes at the Crime Victims Treatment Center in New York City. She currently maintains a private psychotherapy and consultation practice with adult clients presenting a variety of issues including relationships, addiction and recovery, career strategies, divorce, aging, loss and bereavement. In addition, she is the owner of plainjane-cards.com.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Comfort Book?
A Path to the Human Heart Jun 25, 2003
Reading "The Comfort Book" is a strange and wonderful experience. As I encountered, one after another, the descriptions by people of the methods by which they find comfort in difficult times, I felt myself drawn to that core level of humanity that one discovers in the deepest moments of insight. In a world that is so loud and fast and sometimes isolating, it's easy to lose sight of the simple need to be soothed, the soft side of us all. This beautiful book shines its light on that basic yearning. From now on, one of my own sources of comfort will be to turn to this book.
Comfort for Everybody Dec 15, 2002
I have to admit that I usually approach books like this with skepticism. So many of them are full of sugary sentimentality. But Jane Seskin's Comfort Book is different. She has had the intelligence to ask real people what they find comforting, and how they offer comfort to others.
The result is a collection of responses that are usually helpful, sometimes funny, and never too sentimental. The people in this book - who have all had a lot of pain in their lives - find comfort in everything from Big Band music to cats, and from cleaning the floor to meditation. The sheer number of comforting suggestions is comforting it itself. There really is something here for everybody.
The Comfort Book is divided into practical sections: "Things," "Places," "Music," "Animals" and so on. Jane Seskin, who describes herself as a "Psychotherapist, writer, earth mother and coach," has included pages for personal notes, and a comfort balance sheet.
The Comfort Book is a perfect gift for your anxious friends and relatives this Holiday Season, or at any other season. Comfort is never out of style.