After all… by Maria Trautman is the author’s story of the abuse she endured and her path to forgiveness. Maria was born to a mother who simply didn’t love her. To her mother, Maria represented a time in her life she couldn’t get past. Maria was a source of pain for her mother and her mother let that pain bleed into every moment of her child’s life. Maria’s grandmother was the only one who showed her true love in her childhood. After her grandmother passed away Maria went back to live with her mother. Throughout her stay with her mother, Maria long suffered abuse and manipulation from the hands of people that she should have been protected from in the first place, starting with her mother. Through desperation and conscientious acts, Maria moved to Canada to live with her aunt.
Despite knowing this is a memoir, nothing could have prepared me for the harsh reality that the author faced. The story of Maria is a heart wrenching story that will make you feel helpless, anger, and empathy with every word. Trautman’s writing is powerful, raw, and inspiring. I commend her for being able to share her traumatic story with the world and still find peace through faith. Her story gives hope to readers and shows us that no matter what we face we can still be a better person. The first half of the book is difficult to read and I had to put the book down a few times to compose myself. Don’t let this stop you from reading the book as this shows just how shocking Trautman’s story is and just how effective her words are.
This book hits close to home for many readers but there is hope and Maria is proof of this. Through faith and forgiveness Maria is able to rebuild herself as a person and start a life. You get a feeling of redemption and happiness when you finish reading the book.
Prepare yourself for the harsh reality of this book. The raw anguish, the struggles, and strife. After all.. It just might be worth every heartbreaking moment.
Pages: 221 | ASIN: B08KBSH81R
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My Life My Story My Journey & A Tall Tale is an autobiography that details how meeting your twin flame forever altered the trajectory of your life. Why was this an important book for you to write?
This was an important book for me to write for the simple reason. As more and more people become awakened to their spirituality. And the soul’s evolution continues. Clarification and answers can be found in other souls documented journeys. Letting them know that they are not alone. And insane they are not. The importance of this book is to engage the reader and open their hearts to the spiritual beings that they are. And to let their souls fly far beyond the density consciousness of the third dimension.
What were some themes that were important for you to focus on in this book?
The twin flame phenomena was of great importance for me to focus on in this book. For without Theresa this book would never have been written. Her being the catalyst to my awakening. Paved the way for the book to unfold and transpire to what it has become. It is our story to share with the world. In hopes that the reader will embrace the reality of the soul’s evolutionary process. That is upon mankind at this time.
What is one thing that you hope readers take away from your story?
I hope that readers will take away from this book. The fact that we are all spiritual beings have an experience in a human body. And that we will all awaken at one time or another. And hopefully our story will engage the reader to search further into the realms of their own spirituality.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I am working on a continuation of My life My story My journey & A Tall Tale. Written in real time as it has unfolded. At this time I have no idea when it will be available to the public. Book two is complete and I am working on book three at this time. I have been very humbled at the reviews received so far. And send out sincere gratitude to those who decide to open the book and read its pages. I thank Theresa once again for giving me the courage to speak my truth to the world.
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30 Chicago Christmases is a collection of personal letters you’ve sent during the holidays over the last 30 years. Why was this an important book for you to publish?
I have asked myself what I would grab from my house in a hurry were it burning to the ground. The obvious answer was my collection of end-of-year Christmas letters that I have been keeping in a 3-ring binder. I did not want to reach the end of my life without leaving behind any indication of having been here. I did not want to reach the end of my life without sharing what I have learned or observed. In publishing this book filled with holiday-themed correspondence, my hope was that others might benefit from the insights that have come from my experiences.
Your 30th year-in-review letter will be in 2020. This is a difficult year for everyone, but was there anything specifically personal to this year for you?
During the earliest and most restrictive phases of the pandemic lock-down, I never identified with the oft-spoken adage that “we’re all in this together.” Despite technology which has allowed for telework and electronic forms of communication, I have felt greatly distanced from a sense of normal and from other people. Christmas 2020 looks to take place under a lock-down. My hope when writing this book is that it would be a way to connect with people, with activities, and with traditions at a time when get-togethers and travel might be inopportune.
Was there anything that surprised you when you went back to look at these letters for this book?
No, I cannot say that I was surprised by anything. What I had written was consistent with my memories of what I had described. My letters did include some details that I might have forgotten had they not been put to paper. What I did feel was a sense of affirmation with respect to the choices I have made and that my life feels like it is headed in the right direction going forward.
What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
I want readers to appreciate how beneficial and significant writing can be to a sense of well-being. I do not wonder where the years have gone because I have got a record of what I have done with them. Others who write can experience that same sense of satisfaction in being able to account for how they have spent their time on planet earth or at least avoid that sense of loss felt by non-writers who wonder how time got away from them.
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In The Sum of All the Pieces, Paul Bradford tells about several life-altering events and how he reckons with them. Starting with his early youth in the cotton fields in Arkansas, he details his true-life adventures about his abusive childhood, his divorce after a forty-three year marriage, his sexual orientation confusion, his heinous crime, his five years in prison, and his twelve months in the Vietnam War. The Sum of All the Pieces is an often difficult but always honest portrayal of one man’s challenges.
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The biggest message that Lucy Goncalves has in Able Soul: Empowering God’s Spirit Within is that there is no challenge that is too hard if you believe in God. The good Lord cannot burden you with something that you cannot handle. Lucy Goncalves gives her story as a true testimony of what God can do. Her story is not only inspiring but also comforting. There is always a good thing at the end of the storm. Believing in God means that you have cast all your troubles to Him and trusting that he will take care of them. Lucy Goncalves tells every reader that goes through this book to have faith.
Able Soul: Empowering God’s Spirit Within discusses different things in life, not just the author’s stories. The book is refreshing and enlightening for anyone who questions life and the challenges they face. Do you ever feel that you need someone to lean on 24/7? Are you allowed to give up? Is it worth it being a Christian if all you have experienced is suffering and misery? These are some of the questions that get answered when you read this book. The author does not sugar coat her text but opens your eyes to realities and talks of how you can live a fulfilling life. In her book, Lucy Goncalves makes you feel that you are not alone even as you fight temptations.
This is ultimately a motivational and inspiring story. Lucy Goncalves gets personal and talks about living with cerebral palsy. She lays bare the realities of living with this condition, how it shapes one’s thinking and why we should all be kind to each other. The author’s personal experiences were touching. Through her story, we are reminded not to give up as God walks with us throughout. Lucy Goncalves is an inspiration, not only to people with the condition she has but also to everyone who is on the verge of despair due to one thing or the other.
My favorite chapters in the book were The Value of Reliance, The Art of Wrestling, Hunger to Serve, and A Faith-Filled Adventure. At the end of the book, you will gain an in-depth understanding of life, the Holy Spirit, and God. You will understand yourself as a person and those that live with you. The author’s encouraging words will keep you going, and help you move barriers.
Pages: 90 | ASIN: B07R66TN5X
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Victim 2 Victor, by Anu Verma, is an inspirational book based on a true story depicting how the effects of childhood sexual assault brought fear, frustration and hopelessness to Anu Verma. Through her self-discovery mechanisms she is able to break the cycle and let go of the pent up emotions, childhood trauma, guilt and fear of her dark past and change her life for the better.
In this book Anu Verma integrates her skills with life experiences to help those who have gone through similar traumatic experiences. As a reader who genuinely relates to the character’s feelings, I am particularly amazed with how the author maintains the first character narration. It draws the audience closer to her experiences. The way she builds her childhood memories tries to defend her pure conscience, but the same is suppressed by the very familiar people who should help her guard the norms of chastity. Anu Verma is eager to kill the “demon” of fear, and strives to achieve this through her travelling around the world, practicing of yoga, new friends, learning from the new crazy adventures and cultures all which culminate to her curiosity to discover a ray of hope for her already darkened past.
I applaud the author for having the ability to find her strength and value her self worth. Her teaching methodologies on trauma and help readers come out the other side with a clearer perspective on life. One thing I truly appreciated was her comprehensive counselling therapies at the end of the book. There is no doubt that she devotedly yearns to help the next broken heart. Victim 2 Victor is well equipped to empower and counsel all the readers who are going through a similar experience.
Pages: 239 | ASIN: B08H19PCHP
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Our Immigrants’ Son is written in Irish Prose according to the author. It tells the life and history of one family and their voyage to America and how they build a life for themselves and future generations. Patrick and Mary set out from County Waterford Ireland to Boston Massachusetts aboard the Sweden packet ship. Once arriving they married and started their lives, Patrick was a mason and Mary kept the home running and bartered her skill with neighbors to help keep them going. From here Patrick and Mary have seven children and this book gives readers a taste of what it was like to grow up in mid 1800’s. It details the work the family members engaged in, the struggles of surviving in a new land, and adapting to everything life threw at them. The poems takes us from 1845 to current day with the Murphy family.
When reading this story, I felt like I was sitting around listening to family elders telling stories. Those times when the family is all together and the oldest generations tell everyone how they all came to be where they are now. The prose has that oral history feel to it, often repeating details over and over at times as you get new information. You can tell John Francis Patrick Murphy is very proud of his family’s accomplishments, of all they went through to build the rich history they now have here in America. They did not just move here and survive, they thrived, built a community and a genuine dedication to the world they immigrated to. They passed those beliefs and morals on to their children and grandchildren and those same values are still being passed on today.
The organization of the book is linier for the most part, as it is written in prose some back tracking and circling of events is to be expected. I love all the photos and news clippings that are included. Everything from ship manifests in handwritten notations to newspaper articles and original and touched up photos of family and places they have been. Murphy states that this is a biography-based historical fiction. So, while some of the events and information are fictional it is based on historical facts, he was able to collect through a variety of sources. Murphy also states that he wants readers to use his story as inspiration to tell their own family history. His book is an example of how to keep the family history and spirt alive and wants others to share in that joy and adventure.
Our Immigrants’ Son will appeal to people that like seeing history in a real, relatable way, that want something different than your typical textbook explanations of things. Even if all the information isn’t historically accurate, there is enough to show you what life was like in the 1800’s for a young immigrant family trying to make a life in the new world.
Pages: 436 | ASIN: B08FXY9CCX
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Sorrow to Shero tells your story of abuse while also showing how important mental health is. Why was this an important book for you to write?
This book was important for me to write for a couple of reasons. My children were at the top of the list. When this tragedy unfolded the news outlets picked up the story. It was important for me to tell the story accurately so my children will have my words and know the truth. I also realize that I am not the only woman that was in an abusive marriage. It was important for me to minister to other women in similar circumstances and let them know they are not alone. It has been my hope that my testimony will give others hope.
I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What were some ideas that were important for you to convey in this book?
I wanted this story to be relatable. It was important for me to deliver this story with raw language instead of speaking over anyone. The first message I wanted to convey is the importance of mental health. Unfortunately there is a stigma attached to mental health in our society. When we are physically ill we are more than willing to call our family doctor for treatment. The same care and attention is underwhelmingly given to our mental health.
I also wanted to bring awareness to psychological abuse. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) defines psychological abuse as trauma to the victim caused by verbal abuse, acts, threats of acts, or coercive tactics. Victims must receive ongoing counseling because psychological abuse can leave lifelong internal scars.
What is one thing you hope readers take away from your story?
It is my prayer that after reading my memoir the readers will realize how short this life truly is. My story is a reminder that life can happen at any time and to anyone regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status. The tragedies of life do not discriminate. It is important to cherish our loved ones and to check on those in our lives that appear to be strong. Tell people you love them while they are alive and well.
Do you plan on writing more books on this subject?
I will not release another memoir, however I do have another book idea in the works!
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