Still Room for Hope: A Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Forgiveness, and Freedom by Alisa Kaplan
On July 6, 2002, sixteen-year-old Alisa Kaplan woke, sick and disoriented, in the passenger seat of her car. She’d been at a party the night before, but there was a big blank hole where her own memories of the night should have been. Her fight for justice pitted her against some of Southern California’s most powerful families, and made her the target of a devastating smear campaign. But on the threshold of her last chance and darkest moment, Alisa discovered: There was still room for hope. (Find out more and read an excerpt: http://www.faithwords.com/stillroomforhope).
This book hit home for me. I’m also a survivor of sexual assault that took over my life. I let it take over. I didn’t tell anyone for over 13 years and when it came out I tried to commit suicide because I was so ashamed. I brought my family down with me- I let myself think I wasn’t worthy of a good husband and beautiful child so I left them. I fell deeper into a hole for several years until a friend saved me and took me out of the situation then I met my husband. After that I became the person I wanted to be and fight depression every day- not admitting to it until just this year. This book was hard to read but so worth it.
True and Constant Friends by Kelley Paul
Kelley explores the universal themes of hardship, determination, commitment, family, independence, optimism, friendship and love — and illuminates the power of the female bond that enriches all our lives. Find out more (which includes an excerpt and slideshow: http://www.centerstreet.com/trueandconstant).
This book is perfect for my mom~ she has friends from 3rd grade in her life and the bond she has with them is incredible. I didn’t get that friend gene from her at all- I keep everyone arms length away. I have trust and abandonment issues. However, I always loved how my mom and her friends supported each other, even in their lowest time. There is beautiful poetry, essays and quotes through the book that will inspire and possible make you cry. The power of the female bond does enrich our lives and I want to have that so I’m willing to give it a chance.
Delta Jewels by Alysia Burton Steele
Inspired by memories of her beloved grandmother, photographer and author Alysia Burton Steele—picture editor on a Pulitzer Prize-winning team—combines heart-wrenching narrative with poignant photographs of more than 50 female church elders in the Mississippi Delta. Learn more: http://www.alysiaburton.com.
Oh my this book took me back to when my Grandma ran her house back in the day. We all stayed at Grandma’s house and all parties, events, and important family gathering always took place there. She was the matriarch of our family. Then we all grew up and moved away- then the rise of Grandma fell. We still would do holidays but that “Grandma” era was gone and never came back. I wish my kids had that “family” first mentality but they don’t. Reading the stories from this book was amazing and heart-felt. I learned some history I didn’t even know and I wanted to give all these women a hug after reading this book. They brought a lot to their families through love and hardship. Our family history is important and I think we are all so busy we forget that.
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