Violently gang-raped when she was thirteen years old, and raped three more times before the age of eighteen, Madeleine has experienced more trauma in her life than most ever will.Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage it wrought, as men continued to take advantage of her fragility in the worst possible way.Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, she found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all: leading a fulfilling and happy life. But the road to piecing her life back together was long and painful. For Madeleine, forgiveness was the key. True forgiveness takes genuine effort. It takes a real desire to understand those who have done us so much harm. It is the ultimate act of courage.In Unbroken, Madeleine tells her deeply moving and empowering story, as she discovers that life is about how a person chooses to recover from adversity. We are not defined by what knocks us down - we are defined by how we get back up.
Runaway Advocate and Expert Marnie Grundman is the author of MISSING: A True Story of a Childhood Lost. Marnie has been featured on major Television and radio shows such as Breakfast Television, Global News, The Marilyn Denis Show, Young Justice with Zach Rhoads, NewsTalk 1010, Wise Women Canada, CJAD, Experience 50, Lifeology with James Miller and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse.
Once upon a time I was a missing child, a child of the streets. I began running away at the age of five after my mother dropped me out of a two-story window for financial gain. Two broken arms later I was sent to live with my grandparents ... the creators of my mother. I spent the rest of my childhood running, for the last time at the tender age of 13 - this time for good.
Missing: A True Story of a Childhood Lost is a story of a young girl's survival, a woman's surthrival. It is a story of suffering, of rising up against all odds and discovering an appreciation of life.
What does forgiveness look like? In Relentless, Kellie Springer's memoir, she shares her very human experience on the path to forgiveness for the abuses she suffered as a child. She explores the depth of trauma and the long journey to healing, self-awareness, and self-compassion. This is one of the best self improvement books and readers will be captivated by her candid story, anxiously accompanying Kellie through her walk of personal growth, and finally celebrating her realization of compassion and forgiveness. In telling her story, Kellie seeks to inspire others to own their stories and the truths that lie within themselves, in order that they may live from a place of authenticity. "I don't know how my story will end but nowhere in my text will it ever read...'I gave up.'" ~ Anonymous
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These days, I find as a therapist that there are so many people that want to write about several different topics such as: their personal experiences, their life, their studies, or their fantasies. DID YOU KNOW that written emotional disclosure may be most effective when individuals are instructed to write about the same traumatic or stressful event at each writing session, a finding that is consistent with exposure-based treatments? Writing fiction doesn’t have to be a struggle or only for those looking to escape. It can be a chance to let your mind play and explore new and different ideas. The creativity of taking yourself out of the world as it is and dropping yourself into another one can have mental benefits, and it’s up to you to experience them. With a day job, and he works hard at it, Matthew also enjoys writing and publishing fiction Novels. He takes his writing seriously and gives it the time and consideration it deserves…but how does he do it with a wife 3 kids, AND a full time job as Finance Director at Lokey Nissan?? He claims that it is exhausting at times, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. Day jobs last until you quit or retire, but a writing career can last your entire life and the writing itself can last for infinity. There is a quote that says that “A writing career can last your entire life and the writing itself can last for infinity.” It can be done. And Matthew Melillo is living proof of this, and how if there is a will there is a way. Check out two amazing fiction novels recommended by Tiffany by Matthew Milello!
From a largely joyless childhood in the UK, Jonathan shares his troubled family life, with an alcoholic father and domineering mother, through the school and college years and to the present day. He chronicles his agonizing struggles with severe depression and anxiety that caused massive marital strife with his two American wives plus career upheaval, almost resulting in suicide. His mental illness could not have made him more unsuited to his chosen career as an oil trader during which he suffered many failings, disappointments and betrayal that threw him into deep despair and his life into turmoil and, ultimately, near financial ruin. His unfailing love for his four children from two difficult marriages shines through the darkness and has been the principal factor behind his survival. Jonathan offers valuable insight into the murky world of oil trading, supported by his first-hand knowledge of the industry, gained whilst working notably for Vitol and BP, as well as a trader's perspective on the Enron era, sprinkled with eye-opening, fascinating, and often amusing anecdotes.
Inspirational Speaker, Author & Life Coach Rob Palasciano is a missionary disciple from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and a student of the School of Missionary Discipleship. He is also a trauma survivor armed with the power of God’s Hope, and on a mission to share this Hope with those who need it even more than he does. Twenty five years ago, on the 333rd day of the year, a gunman took his life away and God gave it back to him. Rob was shot twice in a bank robbery and for a short time was pronounced clinically dead, but God allowed him to live. In Heaven, Rob was blessed by Mary, the Holy Mother of God with a divine gift and given a life-long mission. During the next 77 days in the Surgical Intensive Care unit at Winthrop Hospital, it was God’s Hope that gave Rob the strength to overcome the brutal pain. Even today, it is the Light of His Hope that helps him battle the emotional and physical pain of that life changing day. This is his purpose, to share Hope and Faith through his story as a testament to God, so that others might be healed. Like many others, Rob is called to be a witness, a tool for God to work through. He offers his testimony to honor Jesus Christ, through whom all things are possible, and as proof that God walks beside us, each and every day. His book, From Anger To Enlightenment, A Survivor’s Story of Faith, is the culmination of how, through the Spirit of The Lord, he turned his pain and anger into understanding and forgiveness for the man who shot him. This gripping true story is about Hope, Faith, Anger and Guilt. It’s also about God, Heaven, and the most powerful healing medicine…Forgiveness! It teaches survivors and their families how to heal the emotional scars caused from the effects of Trauma Induced Stress. It includes a 5 STAGE HEALING GUIDE to a peaceful beginning of a new life, free of pain and anguish.