About the Books: Reaching Home and Duct Tape Isn't Enough
“We know that finding meaning in our lives builds resolve and provides direction when a storm hits. Ron Breazeale has created an excellent mode of delivery in teaching these and related concepts to those that can put them into action and best cope and manage that which life presents us.”
- RJ Parker, Ph.D.
Since its release in October of 2006, the novel Reaching Home has been a tool for teaching resilience through storytelling.
Reaching Home tells the futuristic story of a young Maine fisherman who discovers a manuscript written by his grandfather in the year 2013. Seen through the eyes of the grandfather, Lee Brazil, the story involves the man's mistaken implication in a terrorist plot, incarceration and journey back home to Maine. Along the way he meets interesting allies and must confront his fears and question his perception of good and evil.
Through the Maine Resilience Project, the novel has been used to teach the skills and attitudes of resilience to university resident assistants, residents of elderly housing and their staff, first responders (including police, fire and rescue), professional journalists, members of the disability community, Red Cross volunteers, public health personnel and the general public.
Released in September 2009 as a training guide, Duct Tape Isn’t Enough: Survival Skills for the 21st Century integrates the novel Reaching Home into a series of modules used to help teach individuals survival skills.
Included in the training guidebook are activities to help readers reflect on their own situations and help them plan and build the skills and attitudes that can increase resilience.
Duct Tape Isn't Enough may be purchased individually or as part of a "train the trainers" set which including handouts, DVDs and initial consultation with the author.
“In Duct Tape Isn’t Enough, Ron Breazeale has created a remarkably innovative and highly effective method of instilling resiliency. It is timely and much needed in an era when Americans are experiencing increasing personal and economic stress ... If you are facing a crisis or know of someone who is, or if in living your daily life you wisely want to increase your survival skills for an adversity that may befall without warning, this book is a must.”
- Nicholas A. Cummings, Ph.D., Sc.D.
former president, American Psychological Association