How The Strong Survive

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When four rape victims come to Ben Pace - a Lakhota healer - Ben is given the task to help these women seek justice while, at the same time, aid them in their healing process. Only at the beginning of his spiritual development as a healer, Ben isn't sure how to help these women. After all, they are all white, and Ben is a Lakhota Sioux. After much thought and spiritual preparation, Ben comes up with a plan to help the women take back the power that the serial rapist stole from ...
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When four rape victims come to Ben Pace - a Lakhota healer - Ben is given the task to help these women seek justice while, at the same time, aid them in their healing process. Only at the beginning of his spiritual development as a healer, Ben isn't sure how to help these women. After all, they are all white, and Ben is a Lakhota Sioux. After much thought and spiritual preparation, Ben comes up with a plan to help the women take back the power that the serial rapist stole from them.
The action they take, however, does not work as Ben had expected it to. Some of the women seem better, some worse, but none of them is completely healed. Is it because they are white and Ben was using Lakhota ways? Though the women have suffered the same violation at the hands of the same perpetrator, the women have not reacted as Ben thought they would. And the serial rapist, despite Ben's carefully planned strategy, is still at large, protected by his family's tremendous wealth and political power.
Is the difference in cultures the problem? Are Ben's and the women's cultural and spiritual beliefs at such odds with each other that no healing can occur? Is the conflict between the cultures too great for Ben and the victims to cross the chasm and reach what they all seek: justice and healing.
In powerful writing and vivid descriptions that allow us a glimpse into the world of Lakhota beliefs and spirituality, Newton Love has given us a twist on the detective novel. Ben Pace is not Sherlock Holmes. Ben is a detective who is Lakhota, human, imperfect, but, according to Lakhota ways, honorable. With memorable characters, an exciting plot, and stimulating dialogue, Love has created a new kind of detective while exploring the conflict between the Lakhota Way and other cultures' Ways.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780977663453
  • Publisher: RockWay Press
  • Publication date: 12/18/2006
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 0.71 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    Newton Love took me by surprise!

    If you haven't had a chance to read this book, you are doing yourself an injustice. This isn't your everyday sleuth about a serial rapist. This is a story of honor, empowerment and overcoming fear and an unjust system. It's loaded with Lakhota Indian lore, legend, the ways of its people and the spirits that guide them. I was intrigued from start to finish! I can't wait for the sequel!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    Newton Love weaves a tale of perseverance

    In How the Strong Survive, author Newton Love weaves the spirit way of the Lakhota into a modern day mystery and brings to the forefront issues that have yet to be resolved. Lakhota healer Ben Pace and the women he vows to help move through social, political and judicial injustice toward healing and peace. It is a fantastic journey, and I am inspired to research my own Native American geneaology. I look forward to more of Ben Pace's adventures for justice and spiritual growth as a Lakhota priest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    Following Ben Pace's spiritual path in his involvement to heal was spell binding

    I am not one to usually read books on serial rapists, but this one wasn't your typical gory rapist story. It put the victims first, not glorifying the rapist. Through Ben Pace, a Lakota Indian spiritually driven, the victims who are all affected differently find healing. They learn the difference between revenge and justice, and the importance of inner healing. An outstanding book by Newton Love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

    HTSS touched my hidden Lakhota inner child

    I just finished reading the book, How the Strong Survive, by a new author, Newton Love. It is an incredible book of honor and of overcoming cover-up, corruption and abuse of power. Though reclaiming the power lost to rape is touted as the primary issue, I found the spiritual evolution of the Native American Lakhota Shaman, Ben Pace, was the more fascinating aspect. I was enthralled by the possibility of a mortal learning to communicate with animals, nature and of all things rocks. I was held, turning pages into the wee hours of the morning until I came to the end of the book, learning more detailed aspects of the Lakhota spirit walk, more than any other 'How to...' book I have ever read. Intentional or not, Newton aroused my long-sleeping inner Lakhota child while at the same time opened the door of possibilities, notably the self-healing for my own rape-shame. A die-hard science fiction reader who seldom reads anything other than science fiction, I decided to read How the Strong Survive on a family member¿s recommendation. Newton Love is one, non-SiFi author, whose career I intend to follow. I whole-heartedly recommend this book for any reader.

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