A Hard-Won Understanding

Author Shares "Awareness, Acceptance and Appreciation" Concerning Mental Illness.

Wilkes-Barre, PA, December 15, 2007 --(PR.com)-- Glenda Joy Race, a teacher and writer, is publishing her story “Awareness, Acceptance and Appreciation” through Lulu.com on January 1, 2008 to provide a young Christian woman’s first-hand perspective on mental illness.

“Awareness, Acceptance and Appreciation” is the story of the author’s journey through the symptoms, diagnosis, and recovery related to having the bipolar form of schizoaffective disorder. Her writing alternates between poetry and personal narrative to portray what is on the heart and mind of a person with mental illness.

Joan Esherick, a speaker and author, has written that Ms. Race has “quite a story to tell and a rare, hard-won understanding of mental illness.” Glenda Joy Race notes that when she first started writing her memoirs, one editor was concerned it would be a “downer.” By shortening the chapters to one page of personal narrative that is coupled with a poem, Ms. Race revised the book so it became a more concise, readable chapbook.

Dr. Diane Polachek of Wilkes University notes that in this work Ms. Race “shares her innermost thoughts and feelings about the many challenges she faced, with the hope of helping others in the same situation.” With the understanding that mental health issues affect one in four adults in a given year (www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics), it is likely that every person will be affected by mental illness themselves directly or indirectly through the experience of a loved one.

“Awareness, Acceptance and Appreciation” is a resource available through Lulu.com where it may be purchased as a chapbook or downloaded from the website for a small fee.

Lulu.com is the premier marketplace for digital content on the Internet, with over 300,000 recently published titles, and more than 4,000 new titles added each week, created by people in 80 different countries. Lulu is changing the world of publishing by enabling the creators of books, video, periodicals, multimedia and other content to publish their work themselves with complete editorial and copyright control. With Lulu offices in the US, Canada the UK and Europe, Lulu customers can reach the globe.

Glenda Joy Race is a teacher, writer and singer living in Pennsylvania. Her book can be found at http://www.lulu.com after January 1, 2008. Anyone with questions may contact Glenda Joy Race at gjrace@hotmail.com.

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