My Thoughts on Elise Photini Adams’ “Transform a Painful Past”

A Powerful Message in a Small package

Kat's Cafe Review - Transforming a Painful Past

Elise Adams Bio Shot Small Elise Photini Adams has entered the realms of published authors with her first e-book offering, called “Transform a Painful Past in Five Simple Steps.” And she scored a win, in my book, for an honest, thought-provoking, engaging, and easy-to-read gem of a short e-book.

Adams has recently been featured in All You  magazine, has been interview on her local news, and leads her own radio show. She is a wife and mother with a difficult past, full of addiction, abuse, and pain. But while her past helped to create the woman she is today, it doesn’t define her.

Through years of learning to move forward, and beyond, her past, Adams has become a voice for many who struggle to deal with the demons in their pasts.

Read through my review and see if this might be a book for you. And if you want, you can also enter to win a full package from Elise, including this e-book copy, audio-book copy, workbook copy AND webinar ticket to her upcoming LIVE presentation.

The Giveaway is only open for a few days, but what a great way to start off the New Year – by taking back control of your life!

The Honesty of “Transform a Painful Past”

A little known secret about me – I have MANY demons in my past. I’ve written honestly here about some issues, but not all, including losing my mother as a teenager and my amazing family. But what most don’t know is that I was adopted, and I lived in an abusive household for years as well.

I moved beyond the past, and I have to admit, reading Elise’s book opened my eyes to some harsh realities – as in I haven’t moved as far beyond my past as I thought I have.

Oh, I’ve forgiven, but I am still caught in moments like Elise speaks about in her book – moments that remind me of things I have lived through before. It’s easy when you have lived with abuse and loss, and I imagine, if you have lived with addiction. That is one monster I haven’t had to deal with, thankfully.

Elise’s courage in speaking honestly about her past, not making excuses for it, and for moving forward with purpose, reminds me that my goal in living and constantly moving forward is a similar path.

What I Loved about “Transform a Painful Past”

A Christmas Dinner pic of the Adams FamilyWhat I loved about her e-book is that it is short, written in a conversational tone, and Elise  speaks from the heart. Her honesty is right there, throughout, as she talks the reader through 5 actual steps they can take to start taking back their own pasts.

The genius of the book, I think, is in the simplicity of being able to take this action yourself. Elise isn’t a licensed therapist, and she is clear about that. But like many who have lived through painful experiences, she has learned a lot about how to move past it. What others lack, though, is her ability to break down the process into easy-to follow steps.

I devoured this e-book, and I have it saved on my desktop for easy reference, because it really is easy to read, and worth going through again and again. And now, Adams even has a workbook available on her site, for free, for anyone who purchases a copy of the book.

The book, in 8 chapters (from Elise’s website, Adams Organizing)

You shared your heart with me…and I heard you!

A few months back I asked many of you what your biggest struggles were about getting past a difficult past.  I was touched by your answers.  You shared with me about betrayals, guilt, and old memories. So much of what you shared with me, I have experienced too.  This got me thinking…maybe you need to hear the keys I’ve learned about crawling out from under an overhanging past.  This new book is my simple explanation of the tough road that so many of us are walking together…getting past a painful past. ~Elise Adams

Inside Transform a Painful Past

Transform a Painful Past by Elise Adams - Review by Kat's Cafe In just 8 chapters Elise Adams outlines 5 simple steps that move bad memories back where they belong–into our past instead of intruding in our present.  You don’t have to be tied to old patterns or painful regret any longer!

From the very first page Elise lays out concrete and hopeful strategies for transforming our painful pasts

Chapter 1 is all about lies

Chapter 2 examines a new perspective

Chapter 3 through 5 detail healing and comforting strategies

Chapter 6 addresses prayer and spiritual recovery

Chapter 7 discusses the simplicity of forgiveness, even when it seems impossible.

The only drawbacks to “Transform a Painful Past”

Well, it was short *grin* and I think the topic lends itself to more material. Luckily, Elise has already announced she will be releasing further e-books *whew!*

In all honesty, don’t read this book looking for the answers to all the questions you have been looking for in therapy … that isn’t the kind of book Elise has written for us. This is a more general book, looking at healing in a slightly different way, with a unique thought process, that takes the attention OFF of your past and ON your future.

If you aren’t a Christian, you might find Elise’s enthusiastic sharing of her faith off-putting. She doesn’t presthelisize, though, and while her religious beliefs are included, they aren’t the most important part of the message. I think, as a result, that even non-Christians would find this an easy reading, non-offensive  self-healing book.

If you believe that you can only find healing through therapy, lots and lots of therapy … this book might not be for you. Elise’s concept is that you don’t always need the same traditional kind of therapy, looking for someone to blame your past traumas on … not to heal.

This is an approach I happen to agree strongly with, and have utilized as well.

Four stars for a stellar of an e-book by a new author, Elise Photini Adams’ “Transform a Painful Past” is an easy read and well-worth the short time you will spend. I doubt that you will be able to put it down, and I bet you turn back to it! “Transform a Painful Past” is a solid read if you want to help yourself heal.

Kat's Cafe Review - Transforming a Painful Past

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Katrina Moody

Katrina Moody

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I'm a special needs parent before just about everything else in life, but also a passionate advocate for my three boys and husband, who all have a bit of awesomeness about them. Awesomeness = Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome, Autism, Epilepsy, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, and more. It all adds up to some awesome kids and an amazing family.
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  1. says

    Oh, how I can relate! Last year, I realized I hadn’t moved as far beyond my past as I’d thought and had to revisit some old wounds in order for them to be healed. It was tough. And I’m still not done but I honor those who are honest about them as we all must be in order to move beyond them. I look forward to becoming a new reader of your blog. Happy New Year!

    • says

      Fawn – thanks so much for your response. It is hard to be honest with ourselves, but essential for healing and for moving on! And *boogies* over having a new reader! Thanks for the honor!

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing this – I too have things I’ve gotten past, but haven’t gone further enough past to feel fully liberated from the residue that plagues me at times. I’ll add this to the long list of must reads.

  3. Terressa Cortez says

    Katrina thanks for the article. It is very hard to overcome our past. We hold things in , hide them away , never realizing that someone has shared our experience and can relate. I am in that process now and although very hard it is also like a heavy weight is lifing off of my shoulders every time I take the next step . :)

  4. says

    GREAT review of Elise’s book, Katrina. I can’t wait to read it myself. Getting to know Elise through the You Can Do Social Media group has been a pure pleasure. She has an amazing heart and it just shines through in everything she does. I can’t wait to see where 2012 takes her, her family and her business. It’s going to be EXCITING!

  5. says

    Wow!! Great review!! Elise is a very special person and so glad to have had the opportunity to connect with her. We all have stories of pain, deceit, betrayal, abuse, drugs and the list goes’s what we can do with those stories. Do we allow the past to eat away at us or do we put it to good use? I can relate with Elise and although I may not have experienced what she has…I understand completely. I applaud her and you for sharing her story. Thanks and can’t wait to read her book:)

  6. says

    What a fabulous review of Elise’s book! I have watched her transform in the last seven months in our coaching group. I got to know her a bit better last month as she was my interview guest. She is amazing, to say the least. I thank you for spotlighting her book because there is such a need her coaching skills. Thanks you!

  7. says

    What a great review! I think what I love is that Elise is the prime example of someone who has been through so much, yet she doesn’t allow it to define her. Instead, she has allowed God to work every life experience out for good in some way. She is truly touching the hearts of many. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. says

    Thank you, Katrina for an Amazing review of Elise’s book. It’s such a great thing to take “Our messes, if you will, become our Message! We all have them, Elise has done this beautifully. I am looking forward to reading it. I appreciate both of you Fabulous ladies {hugs}

  9. says

    thanks for the great review. i will have to check out the book too! no matter how many things we’ve struggled with i believe we all have something from our past that we could work on!!

  10. says

    Love the way you broke the review down by chapters. I look forward to reading the book in the near future. Not letting the past define you is so important. We can choose to move on past the pains of the past.

  11. says

    It is amazing how weekly blog reads create a sense of affection between me and the blogger. In this post I have found my heart expanding with joy for the work of two of my favorite coaches, advocates and bloggers. Blessing to you both!

  12. says

    Thanks Kat for doing such a complete review of Elise’s book. It is definitely on my “to read” list, but I think I’ll bump it up now that I know what an easy and compelling read it is! I too agree with an alternative approach to hundreds of hours of soul-crushing (and expensive!) therapy, so I’m happy to hear that Elise is spreading the good word.

  13. says

    Elise’s story is so inspiring. What a great testimony of a changed life. Wow! Thanks for posting Katrina. You blessed me. x0x
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