This blog post is dedicated to the people who have shared their 100% kind words with me about my newest book: My Year of Separation. Testimonials are so sweet to receive as a creative! I cannot even tell you how happy they make me.
If you wrote a testimonial or a comment on social media and I did not include it here, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I did not go searching far and wide for the kind words, they are already in my heart. They matter. You count, even if your words aren’t shared here!
After I share testimonials below, there are images from my Instagram feed, giving my blog readers a chance to see what I wrote about the book after publishing the work.
So, without further comment, here are some testimonials on My Year of Separation.
Today I finished the book My Year of Separation by Suzanne Gibbs. I’ve been slowly reading it since it arrived because it’s a book to be savored. I’m so touched by Suzanne’s continuing journey of self discovery, some of which I’m doing personally but without moving, injury or pain. She is not only brave in her writing but also in her deeds. My hat is off to her. Do yourself a favor & order a copy for yourself! —Mary Ahern
I loved your raw honesty and the fact that you put into words what a lot of Mom’s feel but wouldn’t say. There is a lot about what a Mom does that feels very thankless and wears you out. It helped by putting into words that feeling that people have. I can’t however imagine everything you had to deal with with your son’s accident.
I go to Ireland each Fall and stay for 6 weeks. It started out being more for work and I still do all that but I have to say I love being alone and relying on myself for this period. I totally understood you wanting to be alone. Nice job! I plan to pass my copy along to someone else and request that they do the same. Hopefully they will read it and love it as I did and then recommend others to buy it. —Margaret Fischer Dukeman
A bold, impressive journey—the journey being the point.
Gibbs’ longtime craving, a hiatus from others’ needs and her own expectations, proved to be bumpy, courageous and raw. Deliberately exposing herself by her determination to journal through it, with candid honesty she revealed her extreme vulnerability, the strength to accept her own imperfections, and, perhaps the most difficult—to allow love in—of strangers, loved ones, and particularly of herself. She bravely stepped through her own looking glass. There’s a saying floating around, nowadays: What others think about you is none of your business. This was a gift of one person’s emergence. Kudos. —N. McBride
An small book, deceptively appearing to be a quick read, but instead drawing you in to really thinking about what is being told to you.
As you follow Suzanne through her honest and gutsy pursuit of who she is, and who she needs to be, you search for parallels, and find an echo, while admiring her courage to face the quest so head on. It has not been an easy journey. Circumstances made her face pain and fear, with no chance of avoidance, no choices but to find the coping skills to “get through to the other side”.
Suzanne clearly brings out that no matter where we are now, or where we are headed, the answers are within us, but we have to have the courage to look, and accept the uncertainty and the trepidation that comes with giving space to your inner chatter. Her art and need to write have become her survival skills, but at the same time have become her support and joy while she uses them as tools to clear the path she needs to follow. Insightful.
Take the time to read this. —A reader in Napa, CA
The next 10 orders of my book ? My Year of Separation will get a gift of Peace and Calming essential oil and the book shipped directly from my studio signed by me! Suzanne Gibbs. Ooooohhhh aaaahhhh! #essencialoils @younglivingeo thanks for your wonderful products. #book #bookauthor #author #selfpublished books for healing and healthy living.
I have had a wonderful time hearing everything people have had to say about My Year of Separation after reading the essays. #Touching #Vulnerable #Honest #Gutsy All I can say is, wow thanks! And I also hope I can reach more readers. I basically wrote from a place of pain and a need for growth. Then I decided to be brave and share the work that came from this place. The reward is hearing that my words matter to others! #book #author #bookauthor #selfhelp #bookofessays #growth #recalibration #selfpublish #family #pain #movingthroughpain #writing to #heal #etsyauthor #etsyseller Available from my Etsy shop and direct from my website! Signed copies.
Essay number 2 in My Year of Separation. A detail. Is there enough information here that you feel like you'd like to read more? You can. Order your copy. Links in profile. #book #author #bookauthor #selfhelp #bookofessays #growth #recalibration #selfpublish #family #pain #movingthroughpain #writing to #heal #etsyauthor #etsyseller #hibernate #insight #newdirection #quiet #alone #learn
My Year of Separation is authored AND illustrated by yours truly—Suzanne Gibbs! Shop owner of Silly Girl Factory. This chapter deals with the impossibility of separation from excess weight—so instead I sit and drink coffee and write. But honestly there is much more to it than that! You'll need to read the book to get more information. Not sure any book is written without coffee! Maybe, but not many! 🙂 #book #author #bookauthor #selfhelp #bookofessays #growth #recalibration #selfpublish #family #pain #movingthroughpain #writing to #heal #etsyauthor #etsyseller #illustratedbook #coffeedrinker #coffeelover #writeanddrink
Why not show you the back cover of my book! LOL Yes! Why not! OK you've seen it! Now does it make you interested in what is going on inside? LOL Maybe? Maybe you usually read the back cover first when you are in a book store! Well, here you go! I give you that option online. Reading pleasure. Like what you see? Go to my profile to order your copy of My Year of Separation. I ship daily! #book #author #bookauthor #selfhelp #bookofessays #growth #recalibration #selfpublish #family #pain #movingthroughpain #writing to #heal #etsyauthor #etsyseller #backcoverfirst #read #readbooks #supportauthors #findhappy #healingfromtrauma
Is a book bundle better than 1 book! Well, of course it is!!! #read #readbooks #enjoybooks #illustratedbooks #book #author #bookauthor #selfhelp #bookofessays #growth #recalibration #selfpublish #family #pain #movingthroughpain #writing to #heal #etsyauthor #etsyseller #doodlebook #dorkydoodle #illustrator #bookbundle #funbook
Book Bundle Available in Etsy Shop.
Tomorrow at 9AM PST I will read a chapter from the book on Facebook. Be there to hear the author read her words.