Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Intensive Care for the Nurturer’s Soul by Hueina Su

Intensive Care for the Nurturer’s Soul: 7 Keys to Nurture Yourself While Caring for Others by Hueina Su draws on the author’s own experience as a professional caregiver (she was a nurse), parent of two children, and professional coach.  Filled with personal insight and occasional stories from her clients, Su explores the complications that come with caregiving while offering practical suggestions for how to make small changes that can have big results.

She points out the obvious:  In order to truly nurture others one must nurture one's self.  With the use of journaling prompts, the reader isn’t offered a one-size fits all solution to the stress that often comes with caregiving.  Instead, through reflecting on the page, the reader can come to their own conclusions, recognize things that need to change, and even reach out for help when necessary.

Su shares candidly about her own struggles, including overcoming the fear of writing a book in a language that is not her own.  Yes, there are times when the syntax exposes that she is not a native English speaking writer (and if she reads this review, I’m available to help edit any future books to remove these things) but her eloquence outshines many other self-published writers I have read.  I like this book enough to share it with others and will be sending a copy to a friend I feel will benefit from its deep wisdom.

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