Saturday, December 18, 2010

30 Days of Truth, Day 17

Day 17  - What is a book you’ve read that changed your views on something?

I am sure that the point of this question is for me to answer it with something that managed to persuade me to think differently about something as a result.  Trouble is, I'm not an easily persuaded person.  There are pivotal books in my life, this is true, but I'm having difficulty thinking of one that changed my views on anything.

There is one book though, the only book that sticks out clearly as a game changer in my life.  It was the one I was reading the night I realized I needed help.

The night I confronted my postpartum depression head on. 

The night I admitted it to my husband and to myself.

It wasn't because of anything really in the book, though it wasn't a pleasant story to read anyway.  If you've not read it, it isn't for the faint of heart.  The words of the story were not the problem, I was.   I was internalizing everything, my brain turning it into disturbing visions in my head. 

I read a passage from the book and cracked. 

That book, it broke me. 

I couldn't kid myself anymore.  I couldn't hide what I knew was wrong.  I had to tell him.  I had to say the words out loud. 

The book?  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. 

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