Prepare to have your heart strings pulled. But if you are looking for something heart warming, hopeful, real and raw I recommend Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. Dear Sugar is an advice column from the on line literary magazine called The Rumpus. Cheryl Strayed is Sugar. This book is a compilation of advice column questions and answers over the years. While I have never been a fan of advice columns, I was drawn to Dear Sugar due to her eloquent writing and painfully honest and revealing advice. The writers searching for advice are heart wrenchingly vulnerable with their questions. The stories they tell are familiar yet unique. But it is Sugar's answers and advice that is spot on human.
What makes Sugar even better is that she uses her own story to weave in her advice. She does not issue advice from an ivory tower. She is an honest flawed human being who happens to be able to verbalize and write truly compassionate responses to pain as a warrior with strength and nerve. She is bold and real.
Warning: Sugar uses strong language!
I'd lend you my copy but mine is all highlighted up, like all good books should be. My favorite story is The Beast...Be sure to share with me what is your favorite!
Written by Alexa Griffith, LMHC, LCAC, NCC, RPT
Alexa Griffith, LMHC, LCAC, NCC, RPT is a licensed therapist and Registered Play Therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Alexa enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Alexa also does play therapy, family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield