The Fifth Commandment: Honor thy father and thy mother. But what if thy father and thy mother didn't garner thy honor? WALK AWAY! That's what this author did to end her ongoing war with her relentlessly critical mother and emotionally vacant father. "Jenna" (author), a descendant of the Grand Rebbe of Belz (Poland), grew up in a community of Orthodox Jews who self-righteously monitored each other to guaranty nobody broke with tradition. Damaged by her mother's manipulative guilt trips and verbal abuse, Jenna challenged her own hypocritical fakery when she married a man whose view of life was not skewed by a filter of religious indoctrination. With his support, Jenna discovered her own beliefs, and the further away from her family's emotional reach, the more Jenna accomplished creatively and professionally. With extensive public recognition and validation, after twenty years of estrangement, Jenna reconnected with her family. But, as her new relationship with her mother evolved, fate took a hand to give her story an unexpected turn.
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About the Author
Born in Manhattan, Dena graduated from Pace University with a degree in business education. Before becoming a professional artist, she taught High School in New York, was an editor for a large textbook publishing company, and personnel manager for a national department stores chain.
Along with her husband, artist Stewart Stewart, Dena relocated from NYC to Miami Beach, FL in 1987. Together, they founded Center for Folk and Community Art (CFCA), a non-profit organization with a mission to use visual art as a tool of intervention, prevention and education. Her nationally acclaimed Telling Stories Through Visuals curriculum was selected by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities as a model outreach program. Telling Stories Through Visuals is a Lesson Card in the SRA/McGraw-Hill reading and language arts program - Imagine it!, a comprehensive literacy tool used in schools in more than 50 countries around the world.
Dena was honored by the Miami Beach Commission on the Status of Women as a "Woman Worth Knowing". In appreciation for her civic involvement, Ms. Stewart received a dozen Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County Proclamations, as well as the Key to the City of Miami Beach.
In addition to facilitating programs to address social issues, Dena and Stewart co-host Alive on South Beach, an entertaining online video show for SyndicatedNews.Net.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My mother-in-law wanted something to read at the beach. Of course I gave her "Inner Peace...It Isn't Out There!" She finished it in 3 days. She said she couldn't put it down and felt compassion for what "Jenna" went through. She also enjoyed reading about the rise and fall and creep up again of Lincoln Road's history. It was how she remembered it too. It is wonderful when a story can appeal to several generations. I'm a fan.” Giovanna Raimondo, Marketing/Writer
I loved reading this book; I'm lucky enough to know some of the real life characters that populate this very common story of human family life... we all grow up with a slightly disfunctional family of sorts and all of us deal with it in our own chosen fashion. Read this story filled with characters you'll get to know. It's an interesting story of love!
Touched me beyond my wildest dreams. She articulates what every son or daughter that has grown up in an orthodox household has to deal with. Some phrases were so clear and exact that I wondered if she knew where we lived when I was a kid and was peeking in our window. This book will break your heart and bring you to tears and it will make you laugh until you pee your pants. I loved this book and it was a fast read too. I actually couldn't put it down.