Local clinical psychologist Joseph Kropp is becoming a rather prolific writer with the release of his newest book - "Nathan Meets His Monsters." An introduction to the Internal Family Systems Therapy Model, Kropp's picture book is a simple story that empowers children to help them transform their fears.
Even though the publishing of a book isn't typical column fodder for me, I felt in light of current circumstances, this is a more than worthy topic.
In addition to the recent school shootings in Connecticut, and the general sense of "angst" being felt around the country, many families are feeling financial stress and social pressures of immense proportion, and those can translate into fear in children.
Kropp's book is an excellent resource to help young children deal with their fears, and that is why I am so excited about it. This is Kropp's third book, and a deviation from his previous two which are fiction novels for adolescents. His first book "Bowlegs' Bounty" was published in 2005, followed by "Hickok's Gold" in 2007.
Although Kropp readily admits that he is not the best when it comes to self promotion, he is anxious for children to read his latest work.
"I think this is an important book, and I would like to get it into the hands of as many children as possible, but I am not the best at promoting it," he said. "We have a Facebook page and a website www.nathanmeets.com that I would encourage people to visit that might be interested in learning more about the book or would like to order one."
Kropp also has copies available for sale at his office on South Zetterower Ave.
I have read this book, and it is also my hope that many, many children will have the opportunity to read or have it read to them. These are unsettling times, and this is a very comforting book and a wonderful tool for parents.
We are very blessed that we have such a creative local writing community, and Kropp is just one of many local authors putting Statesboro on the literary map.
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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