An inspirational book with a hopeful message to those suffering from mental illness.
Swensen offers an intimate look into mental illness, providing personal experiences of her own battle. The author writes that she wanted to publish this book before Christmas since it is "the highest rate of suicide." I found these sentiments to be heartfelt and vital to the potential readers looking for assistance with their mental and emotional struggles. The holidays can be stressful enough, but 2020 has taken stress to a whole other level. If there was ever a time to write an autobiographical self-help book, 2020 is the year to do it.
One of my favorite lines in The Voice of the Phoenix, is "There is one lesson I have learned is that when the cup is half full or half empty, it does matter what you choose." Swensen tells readers that you do have control over your life and your mental health. No matter how far down the rabbit hole you feel, there is always a way to pull yourself back up. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, this spoke to me. Life can feel like a tailspin, but choosing how you handle your symptoms can give a person a sense of control.
The author pours her heart out throughout the rest of the book; discussing relationships, shopping addiction, and post-traumatic stress. Swensen is an army vet with problem after problem but continues to fight even off the battlefield. The writing in Phoenix is not as polished as most books and needs some polish in terms of grammar and spelling, but the message is there: Suicide is never the answer.
Swensen finishes her book with advice and positive vibes. She says, "Searching for closure should start by forgiving yourself". Swensen implores that you look inside yourself and work on self-love. The Voice of the Phoenix is honest and worth the read for anyone suffering from mental illness.