Dear World: a suicide letter
Paul E Jones
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... Recommended ... 4 stars
'Having three children is the
one thing that has kept me alive.' Stand up comedian, songwriter
and now author Paul E Jones opens his book with a poignant thought.
Suffering from bi-polar illness Jones had begun a suicide letter
to his family. From that beginning grew what was to become Paul
E. Jones' "Dear World: a suicide letter", a treatise
of optimism rather than a letter of hopelessness.
Those who endure the 'invisible
disabilities' continue at a real handicap even today in our 'enlightened'
society. As a group we offer succor and assurance to those who
have disease, broken bones and poor eyesight. While we still
have a long way to go to full acceptance: Mental illness is at
last being recognized as a true and real condition, treatable,
and not just the figment of those who seek attention or 'could
do better if they just would'.
Writer Jones exposes for public
scrutiny the ongoing pain he suffers in his personal battle with
Bipolar Disorder. Jones' wrenching good-byes to his family, his
coming understanding per the pain his death would cause his family,
his growing awareness for what Bipolar Disorder really is and
does; is not an easy, bit of froth read for an afternoon spent
watching the kids out by the pool. The reader should be prepared
to shed some tears, to do a little introspective thinking and
to perhaps put the book down with more understanding for himself
and others around him.
Excellent work for the home and
counselor library. "Dear World: a suicide letter" is
a book recommended for counselors to use with their clients,
for anyone suffering disability and in particular for those who
may also contemplate suicide. "Dear World: a suicide letter"
is not a 'I made it, you can too,' accomplishment, nor does the
writer claim that he offers suggestions for others. "Dear
World: a suicide letter" IS ones man's coming to grips with
the demon torturing himself, and most likely is father before
him. And, it is in the writer's burgeoning understanding of the
condition that the reader is offered hope.
From Jones' opening words in
his letter: 'Dear World, I know that you do not know me, nor
do you probably care about what I am about to do…' through
his expressions to his family, and on to his final words: 'Dear
World: I'm still here….' The reader is carried along on
a breath taking, difficult, at times heart rending read.
Not for everyone, those too wrapped
up in themselves to try to see beyond the obvious are not going
to accept or enjoy the work. Anyone who has lived with a loved
one suffering a 'hidden' condition is going to relish the words,
read them over and over and recommend the book to others in their
family, friends and total strangers. As the young folks say:
been there, done that, happy to recommend "Dear World: a
Reviewed by: molly martin QMRP
Director training center adult developmentally disabled, daughter
of a woman who suffered life long 'hidden' disability in a day
when the only help/hope was keeping quiet and taking 'mind bender'