"the story masterfully leads us on an amazing adventure through the stages of healing." Molly B. Doll, MS, LPC, NCC
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (PRWEB) January 24, 2018
A new book from Rahima Warren, a retired psychotherapist-turned-fantasy-fiction-author offers people interested in personal and societal healing—as well as mental health clinicians working with adults recovering from abuse—a unique tool to help them move toward wholeness and health.
In Perilous Bliss, Book Three of The Star-Seer’s Prophecy Fantasy Trilogy (Rose Press, $15.95 Paperback; $3.99 eBook, January 31st, 2018), author Rahima Warren taps her 30 years of professional training and experience to guide readers (and therapists working with clients recovering from abuse) through the stages of healing. How? Via the arduous and ultimately rewarding journey of the book’s unlikely male hero.
This timely novel doesn’t just entertain and engage readers. Because it enables them to identify with the hero in a non-threatening way, Perilous Bliss also provides an inner map for transforming their own lives. In turn, Warren hopes, the book (and the entire trilogy) can spur readers to help change the larger cultural narrative around how to deal with societal ills such as: Incarceration rates—according to The World Prison Population List, the United States has the highest prison population rate in the world (716 per 100,000 people); sexual abuse, where every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network); or depression, which affects more than 16.1 million adults (Anxiety and Depression Association of America).
As the author puts it:
“In my work with my psychotherapy clients and in my own healing journey, I saw how many of us are prisoners of our upbringing or life circumstance. Whether we suffered deliberate physical abuse or unconsciously abusive emotional or psychological treatment by care-givers, we may remain trapped by the unconscious belief that the cruelty we experienced is love or is somehow what we ‘deserved.’ We then unconsciously seek out situations where we can suffer that damaging ‘love’ over and over; or find ways to criticize or punish ourselves for not being good enough or smart enough, etc.—or else we perpetuate the cruelty we suffered by inflicting it on others.
“At least in our Western culture, this has been going on generation after generation, and has resulted in a strong cultural undercurrent of hatred, blame, shame, a desire for revenge, and an excessive use of punishment and many other societal ills, such as the current opioid epidemic, sexual harassment and assault, mass murders, suicide, and now even the destruction of the environment that gives us life.”
In Perilous Bliss, Warren offers a rare opportunity via gripping storytelling for readers to:
- Experience psychological insights and breakthroughs, and receive encouragement to begin or continue their own healing journey, either alone or with the help of a therapist via bibliotherapy
- Understand abuse and its effects at a deeper level
- Look at themselves with self-forgiveness and self-compassion, and extend those same qualities even to their abusers or enemies
- Examine our culture’s tendency toward revenge and punishment rather than healing and forgiveness
- Identify with and gain strength from the hero’s hard-won journey by viewing their own difficult experiences through his story
- Gain understanding of the healing process through a compelling story—beyond what dry texts or self-help books can offer. As Sarah Weinberg, LCSW, puts it, “I love that the book reads like a novel! What a relief that it is not written as yet another textbook or self-help book.”
RAHIMA WARREN, MA, MFT (retired) has over 30 years’ professional training and experience as a licensed psychotherapist, with MAs in Sociology, Clinical Psychology, and Transpersonal Counseling. Her continued studies and trainings included Focusing, Dreamwork, Sandplay Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy. Through an unexpected alchemy, her experiences working with clients, and her own healing journey coalesced with her love of fantasy fiction into the writing of The Star-Seer’s Prophecy Trilogy - and transformed her into an author—much to her surprise.
Perilous Bliss, Book Three of The Star Seer’s Prophecy Trilogy (Rose Press, $15.95, 350 pages, 6 x 9, trade paperback, ISBN: 978-0-09983928-0-6; $3.99, 316 pages, eBook, ISBN: 978-0-9983928-1-3) is available at many online booksellers or by contacting Rose Press at rosepressbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com.
Rahima Warren is the author of the epic fantasy trilogy, The Star Seer’s Prophecy. Her books—as well as her own inner work and her career as a psychotherapist—are dedicated to ending the personal and societal culture of hatred, revenge, and punishment, and evoking an inner and outer culture of compassion, forgiveness, and healing.
CONTACT: Rahima Warren, 925-878-9124, info(at)starseersprophecy(dot)com