“Misery, You Don’t Get My Company” Gets a Five Star Review
Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers’ Favorite
Misery, You Don’t Get My Company by Valerie Silveira asks is happiness really a choice, and how can we navigate through life’s difficulties without succumbing to the beast of negative behaviour? Follow Valerie Silveira’s own journey as she copes with the devastating death of her beloved daughter, Jamie. Her daughter had been shot exactly 12 years and 12 days earlier, but this time it had taken her life. Valerie’s life is thrown into turmoil as she faces not only the grieving process, but the realisation that she had been grieving the loss of her daughter for years because of Jamie’s drug addiction. Valerie’s story is one of self-awareness and courage. She realises that she can either be engulfed in her feelings of guilt, shame and depression (the Beast) or she can fight for her right to happiness and a future. The author shows readers how to understand the grieving process and how to overcome the overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, and to move forward stronger and optimistic about the future. There are practical techniques to follow, including the 9 Actions To Battle Your Beast.
Misery, You Don’t Get My Company by Valerie Silveira is an honest and gritty account of grief, loss and all the emotions entangled throughout it. Valerie writes with openness and bravery about her journey from despair to a future of optimism. You will learn about the power of choice between succumbing to your negative emotions, or fighting for happiness. This book was filled with inspiration and many ah-ha moments for me, including, ‘I spent years allowing my happiness to be dependent upon Jamie’s journey,’ as she talks about her daughter’s battle with addiction. Also, ‘I didn’t wait for a stop, or for someone to yank me off the ride. I pulled the emergency brake and got off’ is a fantastic analogy to describe the power we all have to choose how long we are a victim, before we decide enough is enough. There are so many pearls of wisdom throughout. I would recommend this book to anyone who is suffering not only loss from death, but even the loss of any relationship.
Valerie Silveira is an award-winning author, international speaker and Beast slayer. Through the devastation of losing her daughter over and over to the addiction Beast, and finally losing her to a senseless murder, Valerie empowers others to stand up and fight for their lives. She is the creator of Nine Actions to Battle Your Beast and the Still Standing Sisterhood membership program. Valerie uses her books and Sisterhood to guide women in their quest for happiness, peace, and purpose. She builds up women of courage who stand strong against any Beast in their lives.
Until her death in August 2016, Valerie chose to call her daughter Jamie, “Jordan.”