Tuesday, May 6, 2008

My Recommendation: Wit's End by Sue Scheff

This book, Wits End, written by Sue Scheff, (founder of P.U.R.E. [Parents Universal Resource Experts]) is one that I personally recommend. Reason being that I have just finished reading Wits End, and I strongly find this book as an official source of valueable information for families dealing with their "at risk teens," as well as those seeking inspiration, and those who need reassurance that there is hope, as well as knowing, they are not alone.

Before Wits End, it was such a complex task, to find trusted and respectfully honest information, pertaining to how to research and be preparedly equipped to find vital information in this situation that so many families face.

Sue Scheffs' willpower to spread her priceless yet difficult lessons that she learned through her and her daughter, Ashlyns' experiences, in order to help others avoid making the same mistakes, is such a prime example of what it is to be an admirable, strong, and inspirational heroic figure in this lifetime.

Sue is one who, personally keeps me motivated and remain confident, no matter what "roadblocks" come my way, and I know that by reading her book, Wit's End, and allowing yourself to step into the words in this book, many people will be able to find consolence, inspiration, strength, and also gain knowledge that is ever so crucial.

The first part of the book, Sue and Ashlyn share their personal story of their arduous journey through the clashing of mother/daughter relationship, to Sue's struggle as a loving, concerned parent extensively reaching out to get her daughter help, to Ashlyn's horrifying experiences at Carolina Springs Academy (owned by W.W.A.S.P.) and how W.W.A.S.P. was conning and manipulating Sue (as the parent) into believing that what they were doing was correct (which happens to so many parents), then through the effects of what they experienced together after Ashlyns return from Carolina Springs, and finally how they admirably continue to help prevent other families from going through what they experienced, from the knowledge that was gained as an unfortunate result of its immense cost to them both.

The second part of this book, is a comprehensive and articulate guide to what families in similar situations, need to know and can utilize as a resource of critical information, when they are at that point of not knowing where to turn, when it comes to their son or daughter, who is in crisis. In contrast to making rash and hasty, naieve decisions when it comes to this point in their lives, Sue Scheffs advice and resourceful collection of knowledge, I strongly believe will make a difference, and even save lives. I am not saying that lightly in any form.

This book, is one that families, mental health professionals, school administrators, and many more should make sure to add to their library.