Breaking Free from OCD
Karen A. VanderMarliere-McCracken
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
Breaking Free From OCD
Where fear meets faith and darkness meets light. Learning to control your Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
"I am a seasoned, experienced, non-suffering OCDer ready to share with you the path God took me down in order to manage my OCD and heal from the inside out. The brain of someone with OCD is compelling, intelligent and sharp. I learned to use my OCD to help control my OCD! And if I can do it, then I have faith that you can too."
"God showed me how to use His Word, faith, prayer and some simple steps to help train my OCD brain to manage my OCD; helping me to learn how to live again. My compulsive actions and out of control thoughts that once took up 90% of my time each day reduced to taking up less than 10% of my time and this still holds true today. Fear has been replaced with peace and faith has continued to grow; I now have true faith in God, faith in myself and faith in the plan He has for my life." ~ Karen
I recently purchased this e-book and I highly recommend it. The biggest thing that I liked about this book was how down-to-earth the author is. She gave real life examples of how OCD affected her life - and in the end how she chose to deal with it - and in easy to understand language. You know, OCD can be turned into this complicated, very scientific subject matter and some books out there can make OCD just seem overwhelming and hard to understand and deal with. As someone who has OCD, I was looking for a book that was simple, informative and most importantly gave me hope! This book is all about hope. The author is clear about the fact that individuals that have OCD do not have to just sit and suffer and have no hope for the future. I find it so inspiring to consider how the author has not only been able to work past the challenge of her OCD but then go on to become a motivational speaker and a life coach too!
This book is written from a Christian perspective which I find to be critically important for me, as a Christian. A Christian with OCD is just as aware as anyone else who has OCD that there are a million OCD self-help books out there. But, the burning question in the mind of every Christian who has OCD is where is God in all of this and can/will he help me with my OCD?! This book clearly demonstrates that God is completely aware of and cares about our OCD challenges - and he WANTS to help us with that!
If you're a non-Christian with OCD I would still highly recommend this book because there are practical tips that the author gives in this book that can really help you!
As someone who has OCD and has not done well with medication I was anxious (literally!) to read a book on OCD from the standpoint that medication isn't just the end all/be all cure for OCD. The author states that in some situations absolutely medication should be taken for OCD (and certainly if advised by a medical professional) BUT she also goes on to say that she was able to take on and win her battle with OCD without medication. As I've said, medication hasn't worked for me and so I was interested to find out just how the author was able to deal with her OCD without medication.
All in all, this is such an encouraging book and if hope is something that you, as someone who has OCD, is looking for then you need to read this book!