Of Pebbles and Pearls Author:Nancy Covert Smith text of a poster on the wall of a Florida mental health clinic: — I'm sorry my life was half over before I discovered it was a do-it-yourself project! — Nancy Smith knows that kind of tragedy all too well. She was 32 when she found out. — If you are one of those many people who are searching for personal holiness -- emotional maturity equal to you... more »r physical and intellectual development -- you'll be well rewarded by listening to the continuation of Nancy's story begun in her first book, Journey out of Nowhere.
From the trauma of mental breakdown in surrender too apathetic despair, Journey described Nancy's agonizing struggle back to recovery. By the time she had returned to society, Nancy realized how much she owed to the example of travelers you had made that journey ahead of her. Dedicated now to actively helping others along the road, Nancy finds those who have suffered severe mental disturbance very special, of course.
But you don't have to be sick to get better. For most of us, physical growth, so long as we follow good health habits, occurs as a matter of choice. And most of us spend at least 12, maybe 16, years in school training our brains. But specific guidance for our emotional health... that's another matter.
Of Pebbles and Pearls has grown out of Nancy Smiths work for the National Association for Mental Health as lecturer -- moderator -- confidante. In contrast to gimmicks that promote instant security and peace of mind, she presents here are the practical steps she has found meaningful for solid and lasting emotional growth.« less