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Posted August 28, 2006
It's Like Coming Out of a Dark Tunnel for the First Time...
Years of crying, frustration, confusion, guilt and therapy finally led me to my local library where I found this book. All I can say is that it has been an absolute Godsend for me. I couldn't put this book down and I was compelled to stick post-it notes everywhere that related to my situation. Needless to say the book is filled with post-it's. So many questions answered! So much was made clearer as a result of this book. I never even knew that what I was going through was 'abuse' until I read this. I always thought 'abuse' was a woman who was beaten within inches of her life. I learned what a healthy relationship is supposed to be like and how people are supposed to speak with one another....I learned about respect and boundaries. I learned about compassion and empathy. It was truly as if I had emerged from a dark cave or tunnel for the first time.....and I saw 'the light'. I would cry out with gut wrenching sobs at parts because of the realizations, but it helped me gain some strength and to see the true reality of my situation. I can finally believe that I am not 'crazy'....that this happens to other people too. I can now get past my previous thinking that it was all my fault that my marriage wasn't working.....I know now that it's not my fault. I'm not 'over-sensative' or making 'a big deal out of nothing' or 'imagining' things. This is happening to me and my children and there is a name for it. I can now begin on the long road to recovery with my children.
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