BOOK REVIEW: The Craig Lewis Guide to Surviving the Impossible

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We don’t do a lot of book reviews on this site.

I find most writing on mental health either overdone, underdeveloped or rife with inaccuracies. 


This is where the book review of Mr. Lewis’ Guide to Surviving the Impossible enters the conversation… 

Mr. Lewis created a real-life, down-to-earth, accessible guide. He wasn’t joking when he said the guide, a phrase he will often repeat in the book and with honest self-skepticism. Craig Lewis’s guide is self-reflective. It is a textual reflection of his own journey in mental health. This isn’t a textbook. This isn’t a novel.

This is his guide to get from traumatized to surviving. 

See, most mental health books claim to know everything about all things psychology, medicine, and psychiatry. This book, I mean, guide, is very different. When I first read the title, I thought to myself, here is another book on overcoming any obstacle in life and becoming a hero.

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I couldn’t have been more wrong, and I, myself, and the world of readers that take this guide on will never look back. This guide includes Mr. Lewis’s ongoing critical reflections, poems, and other insights he contemplates as he survives trauma. The insights include Mr. Lewis’s wit and sarcasm, the humor he needs to mobilize, as he survives and lives to share how with you, the reader.

In doing so, Mr. Lewis includes worksheets for the reader to engage with directly. He offers no cheap metaphors to quote and sound healthy–but the grit of your own shit to work with as he gently launches you to a better place in your mental health.

When you get there, he only asks that you remember him and tell him how and why it helped.

I highly encourage the reader to read this novel guide on survival if you are done with the usual textbooks about being perfect in your mental health. 

Click here⇐ to purchase the full Craig Lewis collection

Book Title: The Craig Lewis Guide to Surviving the Impossible

Book Author: Craig Lewis

Publisher: Better Days Recovery Press

Released: March 2021

ISBN: 9781716778735

RRP: $12.99 / £13.39 (Paperback)

About the Author

J. Peters

J. Peters is the Editor-in-Chief of Mental Health Affairs.

Award-winning book author and Bold 10 Under ten award recipient J. Peters, LCSW. Through his work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Mental health therapist and disability rights advocate Mr. Peters fights for those without a voice in various care systems, such as the New York City Department of Social Services, the New York State Office of Mental Health, or the city's Department of Corrections.

Mr. Peter's battle with Schizophrenia began at New London University in his last semester of college. Discharged from Greater Liberty State Hospital Center in July 2008, Jacque's recovery was swift but not painless and indeed brutal after spending six months there.

He has published several journal articles on recovery and mental health and three books: University on Watch, Small Fingernails, and Wales High School. He is also a board member of the newspaper City Voices. Mr. Peters currently sits on the CAB committee (Consumer Advisory Board) for the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene in NYC and the Office of Mental Health (OMH) as a peer advocate.

Owner of Recovery Now in New York, a private psychotherapy practice, Mr. Peter's approach is rooted in a foundation of evidence-based practices (EBP). Jacques earned a master's degree in Social Work from Binghamton University and worked as a field instructor for master's and bachelor's level students in NYC.

He is blogging daily on his site mentalhealthaffairs.blog, Mr. Peters regularly writes articles relating to his lived experience with a mental health diagnosis.

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