Women Reinvented: True Stories of Empowerment and Change

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Women reinvent themselves. That's what they do-to escape poverty, to provide for their families, to protect their children, to break new ground professionally, to achieve long delayed personal and spiritual goals-sometimes, even, just to be happy. They make themselves over by choice, or because they have no choice. Every woman in Women Reinvented: True Stories of Empowerment and Change is as unique as her story. Some describe enormous change, tectonic movement, others subtle, internal changes, imperceptible to ...

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Women reinvent themselves. That's what they do-to escape poverty, to provide for their families, to protect their children, to break new ground professionally, to achieve long delayed personal and spiritual goals-sometimes, even, just to be happy. They make themselves over by choice, or because they have no choice. Every woman in Women Reinvented: True Stories of Empowerment and Change is as unique as her story. Some describe enormous change, tectonic movement, others subtle, internal changes, imperceptible to the outsider. But each and every one is life altering. Every woman tells her story in her own words with inspiring, uncompromising honesty, and with the knowledge that she has arrived.

With a foreword by Courtney E. Martin, contributor to The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation and author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women.

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A somewhat different take on the plight of women is offered by this collection of personal essays by women who are coping with chronic or life-threatening illness. To them, connecting with others is a part of the healing process and a stronghold amid suffering. Over 30 women from all walks of life share their stories of ordinary yet extraordinary lives—loving and losing, giving birth and mourning, surviving illness and emptiness of spirit—which give hope and inspiration to readers. This is a collection of "adversity to triumph" reading and a sure raft to keep someone afloat through dark waters. Not essential, but inspiring.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934184257
  • Publisher: LaChance Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The Healing Project is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to sharing information, building community, and providing inspiration for those touched with chronic and life threatening illnesses. They produce numerous books in the Voices Of series, including Voices of Alcoholism, Voices of Autism, and Voices of Breast Cancer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Healing Project Debra LaChance xiii

Foreword Courtney E. Martin xv

Acknowledgments xix

Part 1 Reclaiming Myself

A Letter of Thanks to My Rapist Elizabeth Tissot 3

Brenda Martin, Who Do You Think You Are? Brenda Martin 15

Leaving Sue Sanders 21

The Upward Turn Elissa L. Perry 27

Unintended Consequences Jane Rowan 33

Treatment Susannah Risley 41

Smashed Open Erin Harvey 49

Patching Together a Life Glynis Scrivens 55

Part 2 Finding My Calling

Escape Christina Heyniger 61

True Nature Barbara Blossom Ashmun 67

Vision Takes Flight Sybil Erden 73

Of Science and Self Hayley Boesky 77

The View from Her Bari Nan Cohen 83

Becoming Me Melissa A. Slaybaugh 89

Celebrant Celia Milton 95

Boiling the Frog Lisa Doyle 101

Spreading Good Fortune Jennifer Jack 111

Part 3 Of Marriage and Motherhood

Meet My Uterus, Meet Me Donella Martin Braddix 119

From "Mom" to "Me" Mary Potter Kenyon 123

Finding My Corner of the Sky Camille Ehrenberg 129

My Elephant Child Life Mary Lynne Hill 137

Being a Wife Is Not Enough Bobbi Leder 143

The Goddess Within Shadiyah 147

The Best of All Worlds Cara Holman 155

Part 4 My Spirit Renewed

Who's In a Name Bobbi Arduini 163

The Road to Tena Mary Fifield 171

Five Year Plan Beth Morrissey 179

The Scars We Carry Marcia Trahan 183

House of Excess Kieren Van Den Blink 191

Becoming a Swan Suzan L. Wiener 197

I Never Wanted to Be a Valkyrie Katherina Audley 201

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