Shifting Our Relationship with Trauma

Choosing New Ways Forward Series Book 1

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
192 Pages
Reviewed on 03/28/2023
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Author Biography

Curious and ready to explore, Elizabeth taught
herself to read by the age of three. She soon
moved from her little red rocker to the tree outside,
reading to the neighborhood’s stray cat. She was
ready for new horizons when school began. From
tutoring to basketball, drama and the school newspaper, Elizabeth was off gathering information from the worlds she explored.

Elizabeth maintained an intimate relationship
with nature, as she grew up in the midst of Watergate and the Vietnam war. She became convinced, in her teens, that we are in need of a “paradigm

With BA degrees in both English literature and
philosophy, Elizabeth sees how the very nature of
our thoughts is woven with aspects of survival and
threat. Yet, Elizabeth didn’t commit herself to academia or the struggles of humanity.

Persistent in her passion to see and understand, conversation remains
at the center of her world. When climate change and the pandemic of 2020
began shifting our paradigms, Elizabeth expanded
her writing to include books that open further

    Book Review

Reviewed by Luwi Nyakansaila for Readers' Favorite

Shifting Our Relationship with Trauma is about cutting ties with trauma. As the first installment in the Choosing New Ways Forward series, Elizabeth Jo refers to trauma as a relationship we have built on fear as a means of survival. These relationships fill us with anxiety, cripple us with fear, and steal our joy and attention. This guide aims to help us to break down the walls that encircle us with threats. First, Jo relates the dark relationship she shared with her parents and her childhood experiences that led to trauma. She then contrasts these relationships with those she had with her grandmother, supportive friends, and doctors, who helped her eliminate the threat of trauma in her adult life.

Shifting Our Relationship with Trauma is an engaging guide to help you reflect on your view of trauma. Does it have a hold on you? Is it hindering your progress? Elizabeth Jo helps us understand how trauma operates and how to suppress its effects. She uses simple examples to represent her concepts, like the process of painting and an anecdote about a stalk of celery absorbing a red dye. She narrates dark moments from her life that might be triggering to sensitive readers. At the same time, she gives references to quotes and poems that enlightened her through her healing journey. It is also well organized, with a glossary of concepts and beautiful designs that make it visually appealing. I loved it and cannot wait to read more in the series.