The Book that Nearly Killed Me is an inspirational story with a dark element. James Allen describes a lifetime of trauma leading to murder while involved in a gang. Is he a psychopath? He determines to develop love and empathy and finds instead seven ‘personalities' residing in his mind. This journey of recovery takes him nearly to his death. The story is written from several ‘alters' points of view and includes a detailed ‘embellished' account of his life of violent crime. His wife, Sophia, adds an outsider's perspective into her experience of living with someone diagnosed with DID and PTSD.