- As a qualitative health researcher, I believe that there is much to be learned from people’s stories. Tom Culligan is a gifted storyteller. His book Sixteen Steps is not only enjoyable to read, but it also provides practical information for people who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and their actions. Changing your behaviour can be a difficult and daunting process, but it will be less so after reading this book. You do not need to have experienced a troubled childhood or addiction to benefit from the principles outlined in Sixteen Steps – it is a worthwhile and entertaining reading for anyone looking for a more thoughtful approach to life.
Beth Edwards, MPH, PhD(c),
- The author’s practical thinking helped to ground these core principles in my own clinical work with patients. This is a generous sharing of personal stories demonstrating that the path to success or fulfillment is never a straight line, offering simple useful tools that support the readers as they navigate their own unique personal journey.
Marc Michell, MD
Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst, Toronto, Ontario
- … each principle stands on its own while at the same time adding to the richness of the others. The principles could allow us to find an underlying good in the world amidst all the dangers…fundamentally resetting the focus of the mind to find positive aspects of life. A healthy approach to balance off those with tendencies to focus on and predict the negative.
Charles J LoPiccolo, MD
Forensic Psychiatrist, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- The book was great! I enjoyed how the author discussed each principle in action through his own personal experiences. This book was an excellent reminder that this is a lifelong journey and one should not stop working on and applying these principles just because you are content with your current status.
Michael Thompson, City Councillor
- In Sixteen Steps, Tom Culligan provides an intimate and compelling portrayal of his difficulties and successes. Readers will connect with his honest and thoughtful explanation of the principles by which we can all live. More importantly, they can use his practical guidance to gain deep insights into the beliefs and practices that might be holding them back. Sixteen Steps offers a path to true and lasting change for anyone who wants it.
Allison Brimmer, Ph.D.
- This easy-to-read book offers simple self-examination and judgement-free techniques to lead a joyful and more authentic life. Workbook sections highlight personal challenges and yield surprising yet freeing self-reflection. Sixteen Steps is unique and accessible in reaffirming that the only higher power we must surrender to is ourselves.
Dave Campbell, Director/Choreographer for Theatre and Television
- The author’s personal journey of recognizing, confronting, and changing his destructive behaviours is compelling. Each chapter abounds with “workbook”questions helping the reader to challenge their faulty beliefs. Can stand alone as a self-help guide to addiction recovery.
Bonnie Wolf, Psy.D, Clinical Psychologist
Hollywood , Florida
- “Know thyself!” This is the most ancient wisdom, and yet it is the hardest to undertake. How, exactly, does a person learn to see themselves as they truly are? Tom Culligan reveals through very personal confession the exact practical steps needed to identify and break down false self-images inherited from childhood and how to begin a lifelong process of learning to see, and finally to love, the true self that lies beneath. We need not undertake this journey unguided or alone. This is a book for everyone.
David K. Goodin, PhD Religious Studies
Lecturer, McGill School of Religious Studies, Montreal, Quebec
- Mr Culligan’s latest book of candid memoirs goes beyond storytelling and offers solid counsel delivered with a soothing and empathetic voice. A good read and a welcome and original addition to the self-healing workbook genre.
Timothy Webb, Educator and Artist
- When I got to your chapter on LOVE, I was stopped in my tracks! I have felt it, and do now, but for a long time I questioned what it really is/was for me—how to name it, define it, and assign it. After reading your chapter, I realized that when we are so conflicted as a small child over such a basic emotion, one necessary for survival, how can we not be stymied, and yes, paralyzed by the mere word, no less the emotion itself. I was very moved by your words because they struck a chord I’d never heard before in my symphony of emotions; thank you for that.
Marcia Kaplan, MeD
San Francisco, California
- The author’s hard work and experiences over many years are clearly distilled and written in a way that will help anyone that wants to work towards a happier and healthier life. Our childhood emotional scars dictate so many of our feelings and actions in life; Sixteen Steps is a great guide to work towards healing these scars and their influence. I loved reading it.
Paula Sparti, MD
Miami Beach, Florida
And from the home front…
One of the guiding principles in Sixteen Steps is TRUST. Tom Culligan wants to gain your turst and has provided testimonials from his fiercest critics – family.