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From The Heart of An Abandoned Daughter: My Personal Journey Through Family Violence and Beyond

From The Heart of An Abandoned Daughter: My Personal Journey Through Family Violence and Beyond


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From the Heart of An Abandoned Daughter is about the trauma of family violence. It highlights the inner struggle of the author’s attempt as a child to cope with a terrorizing father and a mother who was so focused on survival that she had to block her own feelings, and consequently, disconnect from her children, leaving them to feel emotionally abandoned rather than protected.

Without passing judgment on her parents, author Helen Gennari tells the story of what happened and how she coped by creating strategies for survival that then became crippling patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving in her adult life. She explains these patterns and offers resources for personal change. This book helps women who grew up with family violence understand its effects on their adult lives, find hope for healing, and feel empowered to re-write their own life narrative.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983080084
Publisher: From the Heart Books
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Lundy Bancroft,
Prologue by Author,
Part I: Dislodging the Story From My Heart:
1 - A Story Rooted Deep In My Heart; 2 - Life Before The Invasion; 3 - The Invasion;
4 - Abandoned;

Part II: Telling Stories:
5 - Why Stories?; 6 - Caught In a Storm: 7 - Lost; 8 - Invisible: 9 - My First Stage Appearance; 10 - The Orchard Keeper; 11 - My First Best Friend; 12 - The Tree; 13 - I Will Plant Cosmos;

Part III: The Inner Journey Of The Emotionally Abandoned Child:
14 - My Inner World: A Closer Look At The Child's Perspective: 15 - The Ever-Present Threat of Violence; 16 - Learned Abandonment; 17 - Patterns of Hidden Thoughts, Buried Feelings, Revealing Behaviors;

Part IV: Embracing the Abandoned Self:
18 - Through Darkness to Discovery; 19 - Embracing the Abandoned Self; 20 - Lessons From the Heart;
Part V: Creating A New Life Narrative:
Book Discussion Guide; Recommended Books; Additional Reading; Other Resources
Appendix I: Why She Stays;
Appendix II: The Effect of Family Violence On Us as Children;
Appendix III: Strategies For Survival: Inner Patterns;
Appendix IV: Changes We Choose To Make;
About The Author;
In Gratitude;

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