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Jo-Ann Petrucci Andrews
Dr. Jo-Ann Petrucci Andrews is a marriage and family therapist who helps children and their families recover from grief and loss. She is a licensed mental health counselor, and she holds a Doctor of Education degree. Jo-Ann specializes in trauma-focused treatment for a wide range of issues, including bereavement, divorce, adoption and foster care, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, co-parenting, and mood disorders. She currently lives on a farm in New England with her husband, children, and animals.
The Mindfulness of Nature
This book is a collection of worldwide pictures and landscapes. The messages are based on the modality of mindfulness that the author utilizes in private practice. This book is meant to inspire individuals and encourage positive mental health.
Irene Roth | 11/28/2016
An inspiring book that will encourage the reader to be joyful, happy, mindful, and optimistic.
This is a wonderful book that will transport the reader into many different positive sayings and inspirations through images from nature. It is a treasure throve of deep insight and encouragement for readers of all ages. The book is a unique compilation of alphabetized inspirations on how to be happy and mindful and live the best possible life that we can. We all keep thinking that such a joyous life is reserved for only for a few. But this is not the case. We can each grasp the beauty that is within us and around us by pausing and really mindfully looking around us. Dr. Petrucci Andrews inspires the reader to do that on every page of the book.
A small sampling of the inspirations that are offered in this wonderful book are dream big, you can empower yourself to be wonderful, forgive others to free yourself, be grateful, cultivate inner peace, live with intensity and integrity, love unconditionally, and love yourself. The inspirations are coupled with wonderful, reflective photos of nature, inviting the reader to reflect deeper on the meaning of the inspirations.
I loved this book from beginning to end. The book helped me feel positive and hopeful. I realized too that hope and happiness is mine if I only stop and be mindful of everything around me. Thank you for such a wonderful book Dr. Petrucci Andrews!
Ryan’s New Beginnings
Ryan lives on a farm with his family, and his grandpa is his inspirational next-door neighbor. Ryan develops a close bond with the animals on the farm, but one day his family suffers the loss of their rooster. As Ryan reflects on this loss, he connects it to the loss his mom suffered when his newborn brother died. Because death is not always an easy topic to approach, Ryan’s New Beginnings helps children understand death in a hopeful, developmentally appropriate way.
Irene Roth | 10/13/2016
This is a wonderful picture book for kids about death and how they can deal with it as best as possible.
Ryan lives on a farm in the country. When he moved from the big city to the country, he struggled because he had to leave everything that was familiar to him. He didn’t think that he could cope. But Ryan’s grandpa who he spent a lot of time with him said that the country was a place where he can be close to God. So, after a while, Ryan began to like living in the country. He got to know a lot of animals and became especially close to a rooster named Frank. However, one afternoon Frank lost his life trying to protect his beloved Catherine. Before they buried Frank, Ryan was so upset. He cried and his sister and Grandpa tried to comfort him. They told Ryan that this was the natural order of life. Ultimately, Ryan started dealing with the loss by believing that Frank was now in a better place: he was in heaven.
Most kids have a difficult time to deal with death in healthy ways. This inspirational book will help kids to see that mourning after the death of a beloved person or animal is normal. This is a great book and I will definitely be recommending it to kids of all ages that are dealing with death in some way.
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