Masterfully crafted by Dr. Edward Dreyfus, ‘Mickey and the Plow Horse’ addresses the societal epidemic of people feeling they don’t fit in and plodding through life. Through the inspirational story of an isolated twelve-year-old boy who makes friends with a downtrodden horse, young readers are left believing in their dreams and racing to take on the world with gusto.
Pacific Palisades, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/30/2014 -- There’s no way to sugarcoat it; millions of adults stumble their way through life feeling they are not good enough, have nothing to offer and simply don’t fit in. Dr. Edward Dreyfus sees this as a modern societal epidemic and, to prevent the next generation from lacking the drive and self-esteem they deserve, directly addresses these emotions in a powerful new children’s book. ‘Mickey and the Plow Horse’ transcends a typical children’s picture book to provide a life-changing reading experience
Mickey is a 12-year old self-proclaimed nerd who spends his time alone with his iPod, iPad, and countless video games. His ongoing struggle with asthma renders him unable to participate in the rough and tumble activities kids his age enjoy, including sports, but that doesn't stop his parents from sending him off to camp for the summer. There he meets Jackson, a lonely and beaten down plow horse. The moment Mickey touches Jackson something magical happens; he discovers that he and the plow horse share a gift that will change their lives forever.
“Through my clinical practice I have personally known dozens of exceptionally-talented people who don’t lend life their full potential as they feel beaten down by the world; often the result of a dysfunctional upbringing,” explains Dr. Dreyfus. “In order to survive in a world that rewards conformity, these individuals are simply trying to fit in. They often complain of depression and anxiety. They experience life in black and white rather than in color. Joy is limited. There is currently no book preparing children not to live this life, until now.”
Continuing, “It all starts by helping children recognize their gifts, believe in themselves, their dreams and embrace them. The psychological message I convey counterpoints the emphasis that has been placed on achievement and external rewards at the expense of passion, creativity, and self-expression. Everything is written in language that ten to sixteen-year-olds will understand; it’s a vital message they need to hear.”
Readers agree, leaving a steady stream of positive reviews. Susan Engelke comments, “know many young people who would immediately relate to the characters in this book. It is sensitive and directly identifies the insecurities of many young ( and older) people. It is charming story with wonderful lessons and would be a good read for school age children and their parents.”
Shelly Stein adds, “The way Micky discovers his inner thoroughbred is done in a surprising and fun way. But there is much more to this book. It made me think about the support of family and friends, the need to go forward even if we are afraid, and Brian's philosophy, to live in the moment & enjoy it, win or lose. This book has a lot to tell all thoroughbreds, young & old.”
With the book’s popularity increasing, interested readers are urged to purchase their copies as soon as possible.
‘Mickey and the Plow Horse’ is available now: http://www.mickeyandtheplowhorse.com
About Dr. Edward Dreyfus
Dr. Dreyfus was born and raised in New York City where he attended grade school, high school and college. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas in 1964 when he moved to California. He holds licenses in psychology and marriage and family therapy, and is a certified sex therapist. He also practices as a life coach. He is currently in private practice in Santa Monica, California.
Dr. Dreyfus has helped many hundreds of individuals, couples and groups maximize their potential and achieve their goals. As a psychologist he has provided relationship counseling, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and sex therapy to many people struggling with unhappy relationships, anxiety, depression, phobias, addictions, sexual dysfunction, eating disorders, existential concerns, chronic illness, and other debilitating emotional and psychological concerns.
As a life coach he consults with individuals who desire to improve their personal lives, businesses, careers, relationships and professions. Life coaching begins where psychotherapy leaves off.
Dr. Dreyfus has published five books, written many professional articles and book chapters, presented at professional conferences, appeared on television and radio, and has often been quoted in State and national publications. He is listed in Who's Who in America.