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Mastering Madness -- Book Reviews

The summary statement is that I loved the book. And most importantly, I loved it even though it brought out some of the hardest emotions I have struggled with in life. I found myself both relating to and being frustrated with you in equal depth. Easily a handful of times I had to put the book down, process my emotions, and wipe the tears before I went back to reading….You have seen the madness for what it is for a long time. And you were willing to learn about the roots of it. Furthermore, and probably most importantly, you took the road least traveled and questioned everything about your original beliefs. Then to write about that ... very brave. Angie, Aroostook County, Maine

I could not put the book down. I haven't read a book in a long time. This one feels so special because it deals with feelings! People for the most part don't know how to deal with their feelings in a healthy, healing environment. You have to do that yourself with the help of others who have been down this path… It can be crippling to hold your feelings inside. This much I know, even though I was never addicted to alcohol or drugs. The pain was just as bad and the feeling of not fitting in with this world and that nobody understands you…..We need to find more ways to accept ourselves despite our past, but first we must discover what is in our way. Taruna P. Meyer, Tucson, Arizona

A fascinating account; I especially like the quotes at the beginning of each chapter…..This book is important because it points to the need for treating "mental illness" through diet, exercise, and meditation instead of pharmaceuticals. The author's story is compelling and personal and left me wanting more.......and feeling like he has a lot more to say.     Carol Ingram, Huntsville, Alabama

Mastering Madness is a good book and worth reading on several fronts. For me, it’s always interesting to read or hear about someone trying to make sense of this thing called life. In my opinion we are all here on planet earth for a reason, one of which is both personal and communal. Our job is to figure it out, understand it, and make the most of it. In this particular case we are taken on a journey from a closed, claustrophobic early family environment, to a toxic lost world of drugs and alcohol, to success and failure in capitalism, and finally to some sense of enlightenment in an ashram in India. Gerry Gatz, New Hampshire

This book is vivid and deeply truthful from the point of view of its author. A very personal view, a way through darkness. Very strong imagery takes you with him on his journey. It is not sweet, not an easy journey, yet it shows the way a person can come through the pains and despairs of life into a new way of being, and how that person can observe, and then give back to others who suffer the same. Rupa Cousins, Vermont

David has written a book about his own bipolar diagnosis and how he cured himself without the drugs the miserable pill-pushers prescribe daily to all ages. Are you different? Are you sad? Are you angry? Are you YOU? Celebrate yourself by feeling your feelings and take steps to make your life as wonderful as YOU desire it to be…. I love your book, Mastering Madness, and share your disgust with our medical system pushing pills with horrible "side effects". All we can do is TALK AS LOUDLY AND AS PEACEFULLY AS WE CAN about the practices that help us maintain our sanity; good healthy foods, yoga, meditation, dance, playful living, reading, talking with a friend or anything else that floats one's boat. Live your life and love every minute of it. It's the only one you've got. Oh, and read David’s book and share it with a friend-or, better yet, buy more and send them to your loved ones who need them. You know who they are.           Diane Jackman, DeLeon Springs, Florida

This man is another Survivor of Psychiatry and Author that is using the Suffering and Trauma that Harmed him and Cost the Lives of Loved Ones from "Prescripticide," as a Driving Force to Help and Protect Others from being the Industries Next Pawn for Profit…David Hill has a new (easy to read) book called "Mastering Madness" that I have already ordered for my benefit….visit David Hill’s (website = and Enjoy his way of guiding people out of the fog of "Corporate Industrial Brainwashing" and back into the Reality that so many seem Afraid to Acknowledge.         Michael Midlo, Saint Francis, Minnesota

I just wanted to tell you that i thoroughly enjoyed the book….I can't even imagine going through what you not only survived but conquered and grew from. Your story has inspired a character in my fifth book who will play a prominent role… Any way it is clear to me that in some way i was touched by your struggle. So glad to have met you.                   R. Wesley Clement, Flagler County, Author of four books published. A fifth well on the way.


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