Demons in the Cellar

Recover From Abuse and Trauma - Change Your Mind, Change Your Life!

Non-Fiction - Self Help
158 Pages
Reviewed on 12/24/2016
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Reviewed by Mary C. Blowers for Readers' Favorite

Tim Ebl has done an amazing thing in his book, Demons in the Cellar. He has not only written without malice about his childhood trauma, but he has turned around and grown through his experiences. Not everyone could forgive his attacker, much less his parents who allowed it, and even go so far as to take care of his parents now in their old age. In addition, Tim has written a great self help book for anyone who has poor self esteem. Anyone who has suffered through shame creating circumstances can benefit from this book, and in the second half of the book they will learn some strategies that really help.

Demons in the Cellar is a book about a young boy who was raped by a male cousin repeatedly for several years. As is typically the case, the rapist told him not to tell anyone because he, Tim, would get in trouble. Family gatherings were a severe source of anxiety because this cousin was invariably present, or if he was not there the rest of the family was talking about him in glowing terms. Everyone loved him, not knowing what he was really capable of.

This story is the horrible experience of a young child and shocking, but Tim Ebl states that he needs to describe what happened to him so the reader will understand the severity of his reactions. The self help portion of the book, the latter part, gives a few very interesting mind techniques that the reader can use to overcome their own trauma or poor self esteem. I can see, even without fully trying these techniques, how they can help, and I plan to use them in the near future to build the business I am planning.

While this book would not be for young children because of the sexual nature, it would be good for parents to read and potentially discuss the issues with their children in the sense that they need to teach children to avoid being assaulted in this way. In addition, the techniques of self help could be used by anyone if they were taught separately, without the story of Tim's childhood.

Faridah Nassozi

We all have demons that haunt us, whether we are aware of them or not. The demons are often as a result of the endless negative energy thrown at us either by family or by society. These demons usually stay buried under the surface, lurking in the shadows, waiting for a chance to pounce. In his book titled Demons in the Cellar: Recover From Abuse and Trauma - Change Your Mind, Change Your Life!, Tim Ebl shares his battle with the demons, how they took over his life, and how he finally managed to kick them out. His demons followed him from his early years as a victim of child abuse. For some time, they stayed under the surface, but once they got a break, they almost completely destroyed his life. Tim Ebl wants to help you fight your demons so you can take back control over your life.

Demons in the Cellar by Tim Ebl is a very touching narration. He does not just share tips and tools, but rather narrates his story so the reader can get a better grasp of the battle he had to fight. In doing this, he helps the reader understand better so they can internalise the lesson and advice. Through sharing his story and his journey, and the lessons learned along the way, Tim Ebl hopes to help others conquer their demons and take back control. Whatever the nature of your demons, it is never too late to kick them out - he did it and so can you. Tim Ebl's story will inspire you to fight so you can finally find your footing, purpose, and your path.

Ryan Jordan

Demons in the Cellar: Recover From Abuse and Trauma - Change Your Mind, Change Your Life! by Tim Ebl is a self-help book. The author delves into the most personal and heart-wrenching pieces of his life to show that it is both possible and worthwhile to recover from the emotional and mental scars of one's past, and escape from the cycle of pain that doesn't end when the abuse does. Tim gives both a detailed account of his own abuse, as well as simple and achievable goals and expectations for a reader going on their own journey and wanting to put the past behind them.

The style is friendly and conversational, and sometimes it feels as though the reader is in the room talking with you rather than writing all of this down. The third chapter begins with a trigger warning, and I will mention that some of the story is graphic and horrible, but seeing Tim go through his journey can help other people going through theirs. It was nice to see him so raw and open about everything that happened in his life. Demons in the Cellar: Recover From Abuse and Trauma - Change Your Mind, Change Your Life! by Tim Ebl is a real winner: it is incredibly well put together and can be amazing for helping people in overcoming their own scars. The author is unabashed and unafraid, and his journey can help anyone going through their own journey of escaping from the pain of their past. Well done!