A social worker in a nursing home setting comments about all the paper work and how
little time is available to personally care for the patients.
A retired United Methodist Bishop wrote, "your book was very well written. Your words
carried the deep meaning in everything you were writing about. When you have
opportunity to share your life experience and how you have coped with its meanings,
your presentation should be very helpful to many people."
A 94 year old says, "I am enjoying your book very much. Tell me more about....."
Inquiring minds are asking questions.
An old neighbor writes, "I appreciated ....your timely effort to write this book whose
time was past due."
A psychiatric unit director shares this note, "We have so much work yet to do, don't
we? I can't believe the state wanted to charge Pete's wife for his care! Actually, I can
believe it. That is the sad part."
Referring to the chapter "A Backward Outlook," one commented that they never
thought of any connection of genealogy and mental health.
"I purchased your book and could hardly put it down," writes a young mother.
"I will use this in my class," says a psychology professor.
A spectator to Dad¹s leaving writes, "I didn¹t realize the magnitude of the situation
(that) it was going to last the rest of his life. Even now, I
recognize the value of a good day of health and sanity."
"A book that ought to be required reading for all medical students or in any of the
behavioral sciences," insists a physician.
An eighty year old writes, "I lost my husband at 37 leaving me with three children. Your
mother¹s story is mine. Can we talk?"
A wife buys the book needing encouragement to assist her husband stricken with
An RN buys the book and then buys a second one for her unit at the hospital.
A 38 year old schizophrenic says, "I want that book to compare my treatment today
with that of last century."
A retired teacher writes, "I agree with your remarks about education. Really
caringabout students, their emotional and physical well being, not just the academic,
makes a tremendous difference."
A social worker insists that her intern share the book with her professor.
A retired funeral director wrote, "I thought your book was very good to bring out the
weaknesses in medical care. I thought you scored some excellent points regarding the
primary caregivers in different types of institutions."
A mother and daughter stop by at a signing speaking openly of their mental treatment.
"Your mother was a very courageous lady. I wish I could have known her."
Another 90 year old reminisces about her early married life as she reads of the
author¹s childhood in the thirties.
"This is our story," relates a man as he remembers his mother¹s lifetime mental illness.
"Kneeling to Dance" gives all readers meaningful direction for our lives as we look
beyond our own limited capability and reach out to help others.
And many, many more personal reflections and responses
>Witnesses by readers of
Mental Health Issues in
People from all walks of life are
commenting about this author¹s story
of this family¹s tragedy and strange
kind of triumphant.
A NAMI Board Member writes, "a well-told
chronicle of the difficult situation you and
your family faced....it also paints a vivid
picture of (earlier) life in Indiana and how
little was known about severe mental
illness in those days."
A mother writes that she is anxious to read
it, but her 17 year old son now has
possession of it!
A doctor says, "I had a brother who was
ill...I must read this story of your Dad."
A psychology major shares a review in her
A teacher writes, "Mental health is a huge
issue today and we all need
understanding, compassion and certainly
"What a wonderful tribute to your dad and
to your heritage, an interesting format."
These comments appear on the flap of
the hard copy cover.