A Memoir of Hope and Healing
Catherine Denton takes you on a journey through her life before she was born, through her childhood, and beyond to the present time. You discover along with her how she came to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. You feel the pain of her wanting to die, the torn relationships, the desperate search for a way to feel better using every modality that comes across her path.
Then with the mention of one phrase, she is catapulted into a restorative model of recovery and wholeness that the ancients knew well but was not easily accepted in these modern times. Walk with Catherine as she discovers a way to get what she desires- Hope & Healing.
“Catherine Denton’s memoir, is a heartfelt, detailed recollection that uncovers childhood and past life beliefs that influenced her decisions as an adult, for better or for worse… She is a wonderful model of persistence, unwavering faith, and courage…”
~Suzanne Jonas, Ed.D.
Founder &Director, Inner Harmony Health Center
Author of TakeTwo CD’s and Call Me in the Morning
“Hopeful – my word that captures the essence of this compelling memoir… We need more Catherine’s in this world – bringing light to their own dark places, and in so doing, bringing light to all of us.”
~Anna Shugart, LCSW
Director Emotional Health & Recovery Center
Blount Memorial Hospital
“…Catherine Denton takes a patient walk through her life never straying away from the importance of each second. This memoir takes an honest look at suicide from the perspective of someone looking in from the outside and from within…”
East Tennessee Regional Coordinator
Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
“This is an intensely personal diary of a woman’s journey through life and how that life led to mental illness and eventual recovery. It beautifully illustrates that we are all very much alike and yet our emotional outcomes can be so different…”
Founder &Director- Whole Notes Harmony
Previous Amazon Reviews
jens 5.0 out of 5 stars More than an Autobiography: A Healing Journey
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2018 Verified Purchase
A thoughtful and sensitive autobiography, seen through the lens of mental illness recovery. Denton’s journey has taken her from a childhood full of emotional risk and financial insecurity through hospitalizations for bipolar disorder to a life of learning and self-discovery. If you are interested in natural healing and traditional (aka “alternative”) medicine, you will a lot of inspiration here. But even if you aren’t interested in those paths, you will still find her journey fascinating and moving. This book is a particular must for anyone struggling with diagnoses of depression or bipolar disorder, or for anyone who parents someone with such a diagnosis. Find here a story of hope and healing — one told with self-awareness and self-deprecating humor throughout.
firstname.lastname@example.org 5.0 out of 5 stars Life story involving mental illness
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2018 Verified Purchase
Mental illness is hard for anyone to discuss. This book is the journey this author took over her life thus far and recognized that she was mentally ill and was willing to discuss it and take the time to tell how she overcame this difficulty. This must have been very difficult for the author to recite for all to see. I believe this book will help all understand the illness affecting the mind and give much information about how to seek treatment. It is an interesting read and I read it in 2 days and was always interested to see what happened yet. Thanks to the author for this book and discussing her life journey.
Terri Lyon 5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes it is funny and sometimes heartbreaking
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2018 Verified Purchase
Cathy has such a unique voice. She traces her family background and the impacts of geographical area, poverty, and gender discrimination. Sometimes it is funny and sometimes heartbreaking. A wonderful first novel.
KATHERINE T BRENN 5.0 out of 5 stars A light in the dark
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2018 Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful account of the author’s battle and triumph over mental illness. The raw and honest words are refreshingly relatable for a person who has experienced similar struggles and they offer hope for a person who may still be struggling. The theory of inherited epigenetics is woven into the recovery process along with deep spiritual healing. The ending will leave you feeling peace and deep admiration for the author’s victory.
Trish L. 5.0 out of 5 stars A journey from ill to well.
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2018
I got this book from Cathy after hearing her speak to a gathering of men and women who have adult loved ones with mental illness. Many in the audience listened with tears in their eyes as she described her difficult and, at times, painful journey from ill to well with an uncommon honesty. That voice is present in her book, Metaphysical Girl. Cathy is vulnerable and strong simultaneously, Anyone who has struggled with depression and other mood disorders will be comforted and encouraged by this book. Families and friends of those who are living with mood disorders will find hope for the happiness and health of their loved ones. Metaphysical Girl is a good read.
Kindle Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2018
This is an amazing story that goes over Catherine’s life as she goes back herself to examine possibilities as to why her mental health was in the that state due to all sorts of factors. It really made me think about how things do out of our control can affect our mental health. It is a great read!
Beverly Gail Stephenson 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book about her mental health journey
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2018
I purchased the book at an event that I attended. I have bipolar 1 and was interested in her perspective. It was amazing how much of what I have gone through, she described. It helped me feel that I wasn’t so alone in my journey and that others feel the same way I do. She is an excellent writer and I found myself completely engrossed in her life and story. I must read for anyone with any mental health concerns of know of anybody with them!
Johnny Lynn 5.0 out of 5 stars More, much more than a survivor!
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2018
Wonderful story as told by a beautiful lady. I highly recommend.
About the Author
Catherine Denton, PhD is a metaphysician living in the Tennessee foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. She is the daughter of a retired Army veteran of Vietnam and she is a Navy Reserve veteran, having served during Desert Storm. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and several places abroad. Dr. Denton has had a varied work life where she counts a biscuit-maker at a fast food chain, electrician’s helper on a construction job, seamstress & pageant wear designer for a children’s store and a medical office/surgical nurse among her many jobs.
Catherine began her writing career as a child crafting plays that she and her siblings would perform for her parents. Her professional career began in 2000 with the purchase of a desktop computer and and a paying gig at a local tourist paper with her own byline- The Foothills Rambler.
When Catherine’s life fell apart and her diagnosis of bipolar occurred she began documenting her life even as she progressed in to despair. She lived to tell the tale and now she mentors others in similar circumstance to become their own healers using holistic health practices. Besides being a published author, she facilitates workshops and also takes on private clients for Reiki and Intuitive Spiritual Counseling.