Little Steps

Little Steps

by James Ream Adams

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All too often survivors of a loved one's suicide are left behind, struggling with a loss that fosters stigma, shame, blame, guilt and abandonment. For the survivor, these struggles last long after the funeral is over and friends and relatives have returned to their daily lives.
Healing the loss after the suicide of a love one is about restarting your life with nothing firm to stand on.
Little Steps is the guided process James Adams recorded in his journal documenting before, during and after his son committed suicide. It starts with conversations where voices of wisdom are guiding him along a spiritual path of discovery, then, as he was confronted with the trauma of his loss, those conversations shifted focus towards coping with and understanding the grief process as it unfolded.
Feeling left behind and somehow responsible, James continued to write his guided conversations as he dealt with the questions of: Why did he do this? I should have... I could have... if only I had known or done... what did I do wrong?
These real time journaled conversations capture in a loving, spiritual, and supportive way all the drama, trauma, and recovery as they occurred making Little Steps a powerful documentary of healing from a traumatic loss.

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BN ID: 2940162949350
Publisher: Ozark Mountain Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 04/27/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

James Adams, born in 1947, graduated in 1969 from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial manufacturing technology. As a senior in college, he was introduced to journal writing for a class assignment and found writing to be satisfying and useful. In 1970, working as a manufacturing engineer in Cincinnati, James was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the infantry in Vietnam from 1971 to 1972. During deployment, he wrote extensively of his experiences in Vietnam to friends at home and also created “significant day” journals, describing the details of deployment in a war zone.
Upon being discharged, James dropped out of the workforce to refocus on readjusting to living in America, eventually marrying and returning to the workforce as a manufacturing engineer in an aerospace company from 1973 until 1977. He then dropped out of the workforce again and journaled his experiences as he and his wife explored America in a camper. They eventually settled in Northwest Arkansas as part of the back-to-the-land movement on 25 acres of Ozark woods. James continued his journal writing to document their lifestyle.
In 1981 he returned to working in a factory as a manufacturing engineer, and in 1985 entered a drug rehabilitation center to address a chemical addiction that began in Vietnam. This time James kept a journal of his recovery progress and it was an important component of his 12-step recovery program.
James’ journal writing took a new direction in 1991. After his divorce and while single-parenting his son Andrew, the questions he presented in his writings began to be answered by hearing “undefined voices” who offered wise counsel and insights focused on guiding him through turbulent times.
James remarried in 1997 and continued to journal his day-to-day conversations as well as creating a detailed picture journal describing construction of their mostly off-grid home in Madison County, Arkansas. At this time the journal writing became more and more spiritually focused and became a key factor in James’ spiritual development. When Andrew committed suicide in November 2009, the voices of wisdom continued to support James through his grieving process and continue to guide him on a journey of spiritual awakening.

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