Getting Through What You Can't Get Over

Getting Through What You Can't Get Over

Stories, Tips, and Inspiration to Help You Move Past Your Pain Into Lasting Freedom

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
256 Pages
Reviewed on 05/08/2015
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Author Biography

Anita Brooks motivates others to dynamic break-throughs. Blending mind, heart, body, and spirit, as an Inspirational Business/Life Coach, International Speaker, and Common Trauma Expert.

Anita is also an award-winning author. Her titles include Amazon best seller: Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, Barbour Publishing, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, Leafwood Publishing, Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man's Memoir, and contributor to The Change: Insights Into Self Empowerment Book #4. Her books are available at major and independent bookstores, Amazon, plus several online retailers.

She fulfills her mission to help 21st century women and men make fresh starts with fresh faith by sharing what she’s learned through experience, interviews, and research. Anita shares hope and encouragement on her Fresh Faith Inspirations podcast.

Anita’s favorite passion is inspiring others to transform battles into victories.

You can connect with Anita on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or Twitter. Keep up with Anita’s latest happenings at anitabrooks.com. Email anita@anitabrooks.com to request information on having Anita inspirationally speak or train at your next event.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite

Getting Through What You Can't Get Over: Stories, Tips, and Inspiration to Help You Move Past Your Pain into Lasting Freedom by Anita Agers-Brooks is an inspirational read about getting past traumatic life issues. The book tells the true stories of real people’s overwhelming hardships – whether abuse, serious illness, financial troubles, death of a loved one, etc. – and shows how each person overcame and moved past the situation (instead of letting it consume them). In the introduction, the author states: “None of us wants to learn from painful experiences, but life doesn’t always offer us a choice. We are challenged early and often with plenty of adversity…so how in the world do we survive when life won’t leave us in peace?” At the end of each chapter (which tells a different person’s story), the author includes some helpful sections, including Insider Insights, Practical Help, Spiritual Comfort and a Guided Prayer to allow readers to apply the information to their own personal healing and lives.

I found this book to be a very insightful and inspirational read. The author explains (in a clear and easy-to-follow format) how to get through a traumatic experience and rise above it to live a positive, happy life (no matter what the past). She gently reminds readers that God does not abandon people when life gets tough; He is there right beside us, helping us to get through it. I liked how she presented a wide variety of challenges, such as death, illness, financial problems, and abuse to show that different difficulties affect people in different ways, but there is a way to overcome all of it. I think this book would be very beneficial to anyone going through a difficult time.

Jack Magnus

Getting Through What You Can't Get Over: Stories, Tips, and Inspiration to Help You Move Past Your Pain into Lasting Freedom is a Christian, Bible-based self-help book written by Anita Agers-Brooks. When the author was going through some devastating issues in her own life, she attended a lecture by Dr. Edith Eger, a Holocaust survivor. Agers-Brooks was drawn in by the motivational speaker's story and intensity, and was stunned when Dr. Eger picked her out at the meet and greet line and asked to meet with her the next morning. Dr. Eger spent the entire following day with her and the counseling helped the author begin her process of healing. In this book, she continues that tradition by sharing stories of grief and hardship and offering counseling and advice on how to heal. Each chapter includes a story and a section entitled Insider Insights which offers guided methods for emotional healing, practical help and spiritual comfort, and is concluded with a guided prayer.

Anita Agers-Brooks' inspirational Christian self-help book, Getting Through What You Can't Get Over: Stories, Tips, and Inspiration to Help You Move Past Your Pain into Lasting Freedom is a well-presented self-help guide filled with the author's insights on survival and healing. Her opening story of her meeting with Dr. Eger is fascinating, and I was touched by the author's fearless candor in discussing her emotional state as she interacted with Eger. I was also impressed by her inclusive and thorough coverage of the causes of PTSD and found many of her exercises and guided meditation concepts to be well-considered. They should be quite helpful for Christians, especially those who are conversant with the Bible and Biblical study. My only reservation about Getting Through What You Can't Get Over: Stories, Tips, and Inspiration to Help You Move Past Your Pain into Lasting Freedom is that its Christian-centric approach to healing may cause non-Christians to feel that the author's techniques and advice are not directed to, or would be useful for them, and that would be a shame indeed. I'd love to see a secular version of this work.

Jane Allen Petrick

It took me a while to get through Getting Through What You Can't Get Over: Stories, Tips, and Inspiration to Help You Move Past Your Pain into Lasting Freedom by Anita Agers-Brooks. I needed to experience, not just read through this book because from its very first pages it addressed a question I had been grappling with for over a year: "How in the world do we survive when life won’t leave us in peace?"

Anita Agers-Brooks is a motivational speaker with Stonecroft Ministries. In Getting Through What You Can't Get Over, she offers a compilation of twelve true stories of women who have struggled with this same question and, through the grace of God and guidance of His spirit, were able to proclaim, “It’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.”

Each story deals with a different type of trauma: trauma to the body, trauma to the mind, trauma to the wallet, trauma to the spirit. The chapter "Whose Your Daddy", for example, explores coping with the shock, stress and trauma of illegitimacy. "Homeless in Seattle" poignantly explores how each of us is only "one relationship, one war, one physical or mental illness, one breath, one drought, one famine, or one foreclosure away from losing what we’ve fought so hard to protect."

Reading Getting Through What You Can't Get Over helped me get over feelings of aloneness in the face of the challenges of my past year, and offered me concrete methods to deal with those challenges. Each chapter ends with Insider Insights: emotional healing, spiritual comfort, practical help, then a guided prayer directly related to the trauma discussed in that chapter. It took me a while to get through Getting Through What You Can't Get Over because I savored and reflected upon each one of those prayers. It was well worth the time.