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A powerful book on the effects PTSD and mental illness can have on a family’s life. I received a copy of Three Shoeboxes to review. All thoughts are my own. 
Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester

About Three Shoeboxes

Mac Anderson holds life in the palm of his hand. He has a beautiful wife, three loving children, a comfortable home, and a successful career. Everything is perfect – or so it seems. Tragically, Mac is destined to learn that any sense of security can quickly prove false. BEcause an invisble enemy called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has invaded mac’s fragile mind and it is about to drop him to his knees. He does all he can to conceal his inner chaos, but to no avail. Left to contend with ignorance, an insensitive justice system, and the struggles of an invisible disease, he loses everything – most importantly his family.

One shoebox might store an old pair of sneakers. Two shoeboxes might contain a lifetime of photographs. But in Three Shoeboxes, a father’s undying love may be just enough to make things right again. 

My thoughts

The author of four #1 National Best Sellers, Steven Manchester has a way with words that grip our hearts and stick with us long after The End. I absolutely loved Three Shoeboxes. Mental Illness needs more light shone on it. While this book specifically deals with PTSD, I felt many connections to other types of psychological diseases I’ve both struggled with myself and seen others deal with. 

My heart was panged reading Mac’s story. As he struggled alone and turned away all those who loved him. It reminded me that when I’m in those dark moments of depression it’s so crucial to let those who love me in and let them help me. If there is any lesson we can all take away from Three Shoeboxes, it’s that mental illness is real, and the best fight against it is with those who love us.  

Read my other reviews for Steven Manchester’s novels:

Twelve Months
Goodnight, Brian
The Rockin’ Chair
Ashes 


 

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