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Manage Your Mind: Set Yourself Free

front cover onlySidney Rittenberg became famous in Chna in the 1940s and 1950s as the first American to join the Communist Party of China. A student activist and labor organizer from South Carolina in the early 1940s, he was sent to China by the U.S. Army in 1944. There he was shocked and saddened by the extreme poverty of millions of people and the corruption of the government. At great risk, he traveled to the caves of Yenan, where Mao Zedong and other Communist leaders were leading their revolution to take over China.

In 1949, just after they won, they imprisoned Rittenberg, on false suspicions that he was a spy for the United States. He was release in 1955, only to be imprisoned again for ten years during the Cultural Revolution. That dramatic story of his life is told in The Man Who Stayed Behind, written by Sidney Rittenberg and Amanda Bennett. 

Rittenberg now has published his second book, Manage Your Mind: Set Yourself Free. In it, he explains how he nearly descended into madness while in solitary confinement--but pulled himself back from the brink. Rather than focusing on the agonies of imprisonment, Rittenberg explains what he did, inside his mind, to survive and keep himself sane. In this short, 92-page book, he tells what it takes to endure intense suffering that you cannot change. 

His twelve key lessons, learned the hard way, offer hope and practical advice to anyone who is suffering from something that seems unchangeable and unbearable.