First, We Make the Beast Beautiful:
A New Journey Through Anxiety
By: Sarah Wilson
Join with Sarah Wilson as she grabs your hand and takes you on her journey through anxiety. The pages intricately intertwine painstaking research with personal insights. She shares avenues that worked, and the ones that failed.
Sarah purposely writes with brutal honesty. Anxiety isn’t a pristine and sanitized experience. The reader poignantly feels Sarah's pain seeping through her words. Yet, through the darkness, she reveals moments of enlightenment, giving practical wisdom, and warm acceptance to the burdening condition.
I long ago abandoned the notion of a life without storms, or a world without dry and killing seasons. Life is too complicated, too constantly changing, to be anything but what it is. And I am, by nature, too mercurial to be anything but deeply wary of the grave unnaturalness involved in any attempt to exert too much control over essentially uncontrollable forces. There will always be propelling, disturbing elements, and they will be there until . . . the watch is taken from the wrist. It is, at the end of the day, the individual moments of restlessness, of bleakness, of strong persuasions and maddened enthusiasms, that inform one’s life, change the nature and direction of one’s work, and give final meaning and color to one’s loves and friendships. (Location 2325).
This book is organized around several cruel ironies.
The less you sleep, the more anxious you get, the less you sleep . . . and so on. — cruel irony #3
The anxious tend to seek solitude, yet we
simultaneously crave connection. — cruel irony #7
We may come across as extroverted, but we have social anxiety. — cruel irony #10
First, We Make the Beast Beautiful is a must read for anyone struggling with the powerful attacks or the constant presence of anxiety.