If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski (5 out of 5)
I spotted this on the New Release cart on Saturday. Saturday was a long day at work, namely because it was so quiet and my coworkers were talking about music that held NO interest for me. Thankfully, I was able to tune both of them out with this book. It also didn’t take long for me to get into the book. For those who have no idea who Jamie Tworkowski is, he founded a non-profit organization called TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS after he wrote a story based on a friend of his who was struggling with addiction, depression, and self-injury. That story went viral and nine years later, he founded TWLOHA, which is a recognized leader in suicide prevention and offers encouragement, hope, and resources for people who are struggling. My mother committed suicide when I was 23. It seemed like I was meant to pick up this book.
Don’t expect a weighty tome or know-it-all wisdom. There is none of that here. Tworkowski writes sparingly, not needing many words to get the simplest lessons in life across to us. By reading this, you know immediately what launched TWLOHA, and whom has inspired him to continue the fight. His mission, plain and simple, is to get through. To those who are reading this, who may know someone similar to those he writes about, to those he has lost, to those who are starting to sink and can find only darkness. Like it or not, people, there are a lot of people out there without anchors. What the author has managed to convey here with his small volume of stories, is that there is always hope, you just have to fight like hell and find it. And don’t feel bad for doing so, because it doesn’t make you weak, it makes you human. I felt this book deeply. More deeply, in fact, than I can possibly put into words here. People may be afraid to pick this up and give it a spin, simply because it’s “dark” and some quasi “Suicide Prevention Guide”. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are those who can’t be saved, and there are those who still can be saved. There need to be more people out in the world like Tworkowski, who are unafraid to tread that line between the unspoken and unknown, and offer some form of salve to heal those scars. It’s not a self-help book, it’s not a mind, body, and spirit, and no, it’s not a religious book. It’s simply a beautifully written collection of hope. And that’s exactly why you should read it.