Kintsugi – Powerful Stories of Healing Trauma releases January 1, 2019! Today’s featured author is Diana Raab. Presale links below!
Diana Raab, PhD, MFA, is an award-winner memoirist, poet, speaker, and workshop facilitator. She is the author of nine books including, her latest, Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life. Her two memoirs are: Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal and Healing With Words: A Writers Cancer Journey. She’s also editor of two anthologies, Writers and Their Notebooks and Writers on the Edge, and four poetry collections.
Diana Has been writing since an early age. As an only child of two immigrants, she spent a lot of time crafting letters and chronicling her life in her journal. In her 40-year career, she’s been as an advocate of personal writing. Dr. Raab facilitates workshops in writing for transformation and empowerment, focusing on journaling, poetry, and memoir writing. She believes in the importance of writing to achieve wholeness and interconnectedness, which encourages the ability to unleash the true voice of your inner self.
Raab blogs for numerous blogs, including: Psychology Today, Elephant Journal, Om Times, and Thrive Global, and is a guest blogger for numerous other blogs. Visit her at dianaraab.com.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of using gold (and other precious metals) to repair broken pottery. The ritual is complex, intentional, and contemplative. Upon completion, the once-broken vessels are made whole. They are stronger and possess a different type of beauty than before.
Kintsugi is the perfect metaphor for healing trauma.
Healing is multifarious. Not only does it require effort on the part of the survivor, but also those around them. The most effective healing takes place when there is a network of support. One where others can listen, witness pain, and hold space for the survivor.
This collection is designed to highlight the varying approaches to healing and to honor our individual needs along the way. Some authors are taking their first steps in these pages, while others share their successes in reclaiming their bodies, confidence, sexuality, and joy. Each story is unique – sometimes straightforward, but often counterintuitive (because if healing were simple or straightforward it would surely be easier).
Kintsugi is not for the faint of heart.