Jane Against The Grain by Jane Kramer

Jane Against The Grain

Awakening the Mystery of Life
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In her debut memoir, a retired guidance counselor describes her empathetic, open-minded life journey, including alternative approaches to healing.

Kramer, who grew up in Philadelphia in the 1940s and ’50s, came into the world as a “free-spirited Irish Gemini” with intuitive vision, or what her uncle called “The Sight.” While happy in childhood, Kramer fell into a depression in early adolescence when she shot up to 5 feet 9 inches tall nearly overnight and felt “awkward, ugly.” Her milkman father enrolled her in a Quaker school, an experience from which she emerged confident and resolved to help others. In addition to getting married and having children, she went on to have a successful career as a guidance counselor, advising students and parents alike regarding stress management and other life challenges. Having suffered a serious head injury from a car accident while in high school, Kramer was also plagued by headaches and other serious ailments, including breast cancer, later in life. She went to conventional doctors but also tapped into alternate therapies (literally “tapping,” as well as reiki, etc.) and drew inspiration from sources such as Edgar Cayce and a “natural metaphysical doctor” she refers to as Dr. Carrie. Her “against the grain” approach led to remarkable results, including restoring her torn rotator cuff via visualization as opposed to surgery. Kramer also continues to support others, as seen in also-included testimonials from friends as well as her co-author, Angstadt. Debut author Kramer brings a delightfully light tone to the narrative, tossing in such asides as that ice cream is, at least for her, an indispensable part of any recovery plan. While the therapies she espouses are largely unsurprising for an alternative-healing work, some of the most inspirational passages combine her advocacy with stories of collaborating with physicians in her hands-on approach to her own care. While some of these beliefs—e.g., mentions of past lives and communication/signs from her dead parents—may be too far out for some readers, Kramer generally offers thought-provoking commentary as well as admirable testimony of a well-lived life.

An uplifting, embracing view of healing and life.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-45-252329-3
Page count: 162pp
Publisher: BalboaPress
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2016


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