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Publisher's Summary

My name is Joseph A. Peragine, and I am a paranoid schizophrenic. On October 22, 2000, I tried to kill myself in a severely hallucinogenic state due to undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia. I was suffering from this illness for many years leading up to that day. Every October since I started my recovery in 2000, I reflect on my life and am extremely thankful that I was fortunate enough to have been given a second chance. Every October, I especially make it a priority to tell my family and loved ones how much I love them. Every October, I take the time aside to appreciate the smallest of things, such as breathing, eating a home-cooked meal, being able to brush my teeth without a security guard supervising me, being able to carry a two-minute conversation (that was a huge goal of mine at one time), being able to pick up the phone, or drive somewhere to connect with the people I care about.

These are the tiny things that all of us take for granted, as we get lost in the rat race of life. Every October, I especially appreciate these little things. And most importantly, every October, I promise myself that I will make a difference in the world through my living example of beating the odds and conquering this severe mental illness. I was not given this time to neglect my life again. Every second counts! So I make it a point to make it count!

I have dedicated my life to educating and creating awareness of paranoid schizophrenia by letting people inside my mind and into my world through my journal of my entire story from ages six to 31. By creating my autobiography titled Time to Face This World: The Schizophrenic Diaries of Joseph A. Peragine, I sincerely wish to humanize this severe mental illness. I would like to live through the positive example that there is always hope for recovery.

Time to Face This World: The Schizophrenic Diaries of Joseph A. Peragine is my story.

©2016 Joseph A. Peragine (P)2016 Joseph A. Peragine

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Time to review his world.

I'm not going to to lie. When I started listening to the book I hated the book! I will say I'm glad I fought through it and listened entirely. I feel struggling through like I did, and hating the guy at almost every turn helped me feel a similar struggle that Joe had. Don't get me wrong it's no where near the same, but it helps give a glimpse into the struggle he faced his entire life, and possibly still faces to this day. Eventually though, I started rooting for Joe, and feeling bad when he had set backs. I hated him I laughed at him. I laughed with him. I almost teared up on a couple of occasions. It took me through all the emotions a good book should take you through. I learned from him, and I learned a little about myself as well. I learned that people are faced with this on a day to day basis, and we need to be careful about judging people. I hope those were his intentions when he created this. I do however think that like music everyone interpret's a work differently. It was a good book, and well worth the time I spent listening to it.

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Brave and inspirational!

Honestly, I was bored and looking for an audiobook to keep me occupied while I drive. This book popped up on a Facebook algorithm and sounded interesting. What a find it turned out to be. Thank you, Joe for you candor and honesty. I’m delighted that you have been able to take something as difficult and misunderstood and turning it into a positive. Very inspirational! Thank you!

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Was skeptical at first!

I only decided to give this a listen after I couldn't find anything else. I was sure I wouldn't get through it. I could not have been more wrong! I was hooked from the start! A truely amazing story told in such an innovative way. I loved the background sounds and music.

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the background noise...

there was so much going on in the background it was very very difficult to get into the story. as a matter of fact, I never did get into it. I had to keep stopping till another time because it was so distracting and frustrating.

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It all makes sense

So listening to this took me back many years. Now at 50 remembering being 9 and meeting one of my dearest friends. By the time we were 17 he would be gone. So many things that never made any sense to me about my friends behavior are clear now.
Thanks for sharing

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It was great!

It was really cool at times and crazy at times to listen to. I wonder if I had a mental illness would I listen to it in the same way? Would I hear it the same? Thank you for sharing your story and wishing you a life of happiness!

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Mind blown!

A few words to describe this book that come to mind .

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This book left me with goosebumps and really makes you question your own mind , humanity and forgiveness. The obstacles that Joe over came are nothing short of extraordinary and his story proves it. Time to Face This World is a must listen - The music , content and delivery amounted to the best audio book I ever listened to. Well done Joe! God bless you & your amazing family!

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I guess that's the point tho? Not knowing anything about schizophrenia in general made me a little unnerved about how this story played out. Knowing that it was an autobiographical story made it more interesting, however, I think that all of babbling that goes on as as each chapter started was disturbing. The way the journal entries were open up to the listener were good, albeit hard to listen to sometimes because of the incessant rambling, I got to understand how differently a schizophrenic mind takes information in and dumps it out onto paper.

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I’m sure the story is really good. But having music and sound effects behind the narration isn’t for me. It’s distracting.

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Bloody great!

I usually listen to Audiobooks while doing chores. I started inventing chores to continue listening.