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Posted December 29, 2001
Must Read about the Surviving of Life!
This was an awesome book. The way the author shared her pain and hurt was so open and honest. I am so happy that God has blessed her with a happy ending!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 31, 2001
A Great Book!
From the minute I picked up this book, I didn't want to put it down. The entire book, from cover to cover, kept my interest...and I found myself dying to know what would happen next.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 5, 2001
Liberation of a crushed spirit
A sudden kidnapping of her husband and the fading hope for his well being sends Elie into therapy. No stranger to truma in her life and working through it, something unusal and very unsettling begins to happen to Elie as she struggles to cope with her current truma. Slowly trumas from the past that she thought she had put to rest begin to emerge. With the help and support of someone who seems to understand, Elie begins to see the collection of her life's trumas in a very different way. But there is one truma that imprisons her spirit and won't let go, a truma more terrible than all the others combined. It is the courage to confront this truma head on that brings forth the insight that makes liberation of the spirit possible: 'The Gift of Hurt.' This is a fast paced novel that dares to confront life's trumas head on, but with a gentleness and caring that I feel deserves five stars. I went away knowing I had read more than a good story: I had an experience; an experience that helped shed light and deepened my understanding of some of life's more poignant experiences and sturggles.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 2, 2001
True-life Stories of Families in Conflict
This story is based on real events; names of the principles have been changed to protect their privacy. The story starts with the kidnapping of Matt Jameson, Ellie's husband of 25 years, from his place of work. Matt's been selling cars at an upscale dealership. While on a test-drive, a customer pulls a gun on him and forces him to get into the car's trunk. Matt is held in the trunk of the car, fearing for his life, for nineteen hours. When the police can't find him, Ellie begins to believe that he's been murdered. After the kidnapping, Ellie breathes a sigh of relief that doesn't last long. The trauma of this event has become a catalyst that sends her into a dark depression and on a painful journey into the past. Like any family, there are a lot of skeletons in the closet of both Ellie and Matt's families. The things that Ellie never dared tell anyone start to come out in therapy sessions after Matt's kidnapping. To complicate matters, Ellie begins to feel that her therapist, a graduate student named Ann, is the only one who understands her. Ann offers her comfort and Ellie becomes emotionally attached to her. It takes many months of therapy with another doctor, and more startling family revelations along the way, before Ellie can begin to recover. If you like true-life stories of families in conflict, you'll like this book. It's a riveting story of one person's struggle to come to terms with the past and it's made all the more so because it's a true one. Caveat: the subject matter deals with sexual abuse and suicidal episodes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.