It is a well-known fact that journaling has therapeutic effects and that it is an exercise often recommended for those who deal with a lot of stress, anxiety, and even to help with memory. In Writing to Heal the Pain: Stories & Poems (Transformation Book 1), Mateja Klaric recovers the articles and poems she created to deal with her own problems as a catharsis.
I worked with this method several times before with great results, but somehow I forgot about it. This book helped me remember that writing, besides being the noblest of arts, is also one of the most effective treatments for mental illness. I started writing fiction and then more personal texts in order to express what I often kept for myself. As time passed me by, I changed this perception, but Mateja Klaric reminded me that writing could be more than just self-expression.
Writing to Heal the Pain not only serves as a self-healing method to the author but also to the reader, who discovers the power in expressing their vulnerability, pain, and sorrow instead of keeping it all inside. Although we all hear and read and are told to do it, we rarely see an example of how to do so.
The author saves nothing to herself and lets the readers see what it is like to start from scratch and face the worst possible scenario, seeing also how writing kept her sane and healthy in one way or the other. Whether it is a story, a poem, or any other kind of text, Mateja Klaric lets the magic flow through her fingers as she creates and offers us a window into her mind.
What I liked the most about Writing to Heal the Pain is that every text included in this book can serve to start discussing about a certain topic. How do we know for sure who will be with us when we need them the most? Who are our real friends? How solid is the ground in which we have constructed our life?
Although uncomfortable, these are questions we address not that often, something that should change. The author shows us how things can change in a matter of seconds and that, as part of a spiritual journey, writing can help us discover more about who we are and what we represent than under different circumstances.
Mateja Klaric has a powerful, moving style. I knew this would be a short, quick book, but I finished it even faster than I expected. Her confident voice made it a delight to read her honesty and feel the amalgam of feelings she expresses in short texts, which you don’t find that often these days. I’m definitely a fan of this woman.
I will be impatiently waiting for the next book in this series, and in the meantime, maybe I would be re-reading Writing to Heal the Pain: Stories & Poems (Transformation Book 1). Do the same if you like honest memories that express what it is like to crash and survive the fall, even more if you believe in the power of words and want to recover your faith in humankind. Mine is restored.
Writing to Heal the Pain: Stories & Poems (Transformation Book 1)
Print Length: 138 pages
Publisher: Transform the Pain (June 25, 2019)
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
About the Author
Mateja started to write short stories at the age of ten and later became a freelance journalist, radio personality, and explorer of the inner worlds. To make life even more exciting, she also ran an advertising agency for eight years. Mateja’s life resembles a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs and some pretty wild turns. Among other things, her car was destroyed by tanks, and she survived several brushes with death. Mateja graduated in psychology from Arizona State University and is now a writer, photographer, and transformation guide.
About the Reviewer
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and solitary, eclectic witch interested in the darker side of magic and divination. Besides reading and writing, Bader also enjoys studying the Gothic subculture, which he belongs to, learning new languages and making endless lists of movies, music and the like. He can be found on Instagram as @saab.bader.