The Power of Suffering
The Power of Suffering is psychologist David Roland’s personal investigation into the nature of human suffering.
When our world is turned upside down, what does it do to us, how do we survive it, and, most importantly, how can we grow as a result? David takes the lived experience of eleven incredible people and follows them along each step of their journey from crisis through to acceptance and triumph. Within each story, David draws on his own experience of life-altering trauma and clinical research to offer insights we all can gain from.
Each life story examined is a moving testimony of the human spirit’s ability to rise and rise again – an executive tragically loses his family in a car crash and finds healing in the rehabilitation of wildlife, a teenage victim of domestic violence becomes a fierce advocate for abused women and brain-injured youth, a football superstar overcomes bigotry and dyslexia to forge a career in acting, a mother experiences the aching depth of love lost after her teenage child’s life is tragically cut short. These are but a few of the intimately told stories, all pointing to a path through the storm and beyond.
The Power of Suffering is a revelatory account of how the darkest night can lead to the most profound dawn.
“This is the positive work of suffering, to knock down the parapets of our assumptions about how life is. It’s a kneeling in the dirt, arms upraised in surrender. In this void, this space, the seeds of wisdom germinate.”
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David Roland is the author of How I Rescued My Brain. He has a PhD in clinical psychology and is an honorary associate with the University Centre for Rural Health at the University of Sydney. He is a founding member of Compassionate Mind Australia.
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