Book Reviews – Beyond Pain and Suffering: Adapting to Adversity and Life Challenges

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Highly recommend this book for anyone going through any type of struggle whether physical, emotional, etc. It is the most relatable book I have read and I’ve read plenty. The author does an excellent job of making the reader feel understood, less alone and hopeful that things can and will improve. His compassion permeates throughout and it’s amazing the obstacles he himself has overcome and now he is helping others- some who are at rock bottom. Also think it’s a great book for loved ones and caretakers to read as well to get a better understanding of what some go through and how they could be of support. Tom’s first book was great too, also recommend that one. This one was outstanding!

I have been reading books since childhood and, if I’m brutally honest, your two books are by far the most inspiring I have ever read.

I just began reading this book and I can’t put it down. Not only is the author’s story very inspirational, the strategies and tools he provides are endless. I can apply so many of his tips to different parts of my life.!

I highly recommend Tom Seaman’s books to anyone. We all face challenges in our lives and Tom gives quite a bit of insights on how to make things a heck of a lot better. I’ve read other self help books and I have found them to be quite dry and lecture-y, that is not Tom’s style. He writes in a manner that is easy to read, interesting and leaving the reader wanting more. His books are full of valuable tips and information. I give his books a thumbs up and looking forward to reading any future books he might write.

You are such an inspiration. All of what you shared here is something we should all heed, whether we have chronic pain or not. I admire and respect you and your dedication to helping others. You are special.

Tom’s life story befriends you with comfort and strength to “Never give up!” He reminds us in a calm, thoughtful way, that we are not alone in handling the difficult stressors in life….. and, not just physically health related. Tom’s insightful coping mechanisms compiled via working towards overcoming his own life’s struggles and hardships, I find, challenge and invite us to do the same work for ourselves when we are with hardship. We need to, and can introduce his offerings without anxiety, fear and lack of self-belief. He teaches us to become mindful, to call upon and utilize available resources within us, add new opportunities he offers that inspire peace, joy, positivity and growth, and tastefully, genuinely reassures and illuminates all we have going well for ourselves. Again, I am most grateful and value what I’ve learned from both of Tom’s books.

What an uplifting, encouraging, helpful, hit-home read!! Not only is the author, Tom Seaman well versed in what he writes about but has hands on experiences – been there, done that – can relate. It doesn’t matter if you have a chronic health problem or living/dealing with someone struggling with an issue of any kind – it is beneficial to everyone and anyone – giving a positive outlook to life challenges and adversities in our daily existence. It’s actually fun to read, easy to understand with delightful stories and comparisons. I am reading this book for the second time because it was so uplifting to me. I am hungry for the spark it gives me on a daily basis! It’s like a good movie that you don’t want to end!! Highly recommend!

I LOVED this book! I’m currently reading it a second time in case I missed something the first time through. It came at the perfect time in my life. So many times while reading I’d think oh my gosh, that’s totally me! Validation is so important. It’s a great read no matter where you’re at in life and no matter what your circumstances are. Tons of great information in this book. Thanks so much Tom!

I devoured your book from cover to cover. There’s been so much written about this topic, but you had fresh insights I’d never heard. The book was inspiring without ever seeming to talk down to the reader.

I’m currently reading Tom’s new book and would highly recommend. I have been trying to learn how to view life with a different perspective. I recently realized that what I thought was a positive attitude towards life truly wasn’t. I have been asked by two therapists and my acupuncturist if I really wanted to change. That made me angry every time this happened because I couldn’t understand why they were asking me this, because I thought my attitude and view of life was realistic. Tom’s book is exactly what I need and contains the tools and information that will help me figure out how to view life in a different way. I know I’m still going to have rough days, but Tom’s experiences, advice and tools will help me better navigate these times.

I’ve read both Tom’s books and they have been very helpful in my life. This book is like a toolbox for people that suffer with pain, anxiety and depression or progressive conditions like cancer or neurological disease. He’s a normal guy that’s been through a lot and learned a vast amount of coping skills to improve his life. Don’t expect highly technical verbiage, it’s an easy read…more like listening to a friend.

I have both Tom’s books and they are both excellent. The first Diagnosis Dystonia: Navigating the Journey helped me shape my life to cope with this disorder. Tom is not dogmatic, he gives advice and we work out what works out for us. This book is also another keeper, but for a much wider spectrum of people. I love this book also and will be going back to it many times. I got to know Tom and I have to say as a person, he is possibly the most caring and compassionate person I know. He has spent hours answering my questions. But this new book, I love and I would strongly recommend. You will not regret it. Lots of useful tips and ways to work out a plan for you. Thanks Tom. Once again you have cracked it and I wish you every success from it. Also thank you for being such a fantastic friend.

I love your new book Tom! It is so relatable and just an excellent read with great information and inspiration. I think even caretakers, family, friends, colleagues of anyone going through something should read it to better understand the battles and have some light shed on the struggles and how to help. Excellent job, congrats once again!

I have read both your books. Absolutely think they are a must read for anyone with medical issues or high stress. Easy to read, very informative and so many worthwhile tips. Can’t wait for your third book (hint-hint). I read through your second book in days, I’ll have to reread at a slower pace to get more out of it. THANKS for sharing your experiences and wisdom.

I just received mine in the mail from Amazon, and its hard to put down. Thank you for touching base on our mindset, I believe it’s so important!

I have Tom’s first book, which I love and this new book does not disappoint! There are so many new tips and tools and perspectives about dealing with various challenges in life. I not only have a chronic physical health condition, but I also experience challenges with work, relationships, anxiety, occasional depression, and just the daily struggle of every day life and this book is helping with all of those things. I hope everyone enjoys this book as much as me!

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