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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Sorrow to Shero: Pain, Power, and Peace takes its title from Dr. Jeannita Bussle’s unofficial moniker for her struggles and eventual recovery from her former husband’s undiagnosed mental illness and his subsequently abusive nature. Despite the normalcy of the opening of the book, the backdrop of Bussle’s childhood and her adolescent experiences in Detroit, it’s clear that she’s struggled with exceptional challenges, and lives with the effects of their underlying trauma. The pain in Bussle’s story never tips over into despair or hopelessness, and Sorrow to Shero is a tale that treats serious mental illness and episodes of domestic abuse with vulnerability and honesty. It’s an assured debut, and a memoir that already means a great deal to many people.
Bussle demonstrates real skill in bringing to life her world for the reader; vibrant in details, with her past and present delicately balanced against the backdrop of her faith and love for her children. Survivors of trauma and those that struggle with mental illness will find comfort in Bussle’s words, and how she’s been able to anchor the worst moments and events of her life firmly in her past. Bussle remains firmly in control of the narration of the events of the book – so complete, and so flawless in her perspective of the past, that it’s clear that her story is meant to be one of empowerment for other women who may find themselves in a similar situation. This is Bussle’s true achievement – a book about abuse and recovery, that captures the experience of it, with remarkable nuance and candor, without skipping over the ambiguities and the hardship. At the same time, Sorrow to Shero: Pain, Power, and Peace is also about motherhood and the deep bond between a mother and her children. Bussle describes herself, more than anything else as a proud mother, and this is instrumental in her ability to better her life for both herself and her children. The role of motherhood and the value of close family relationships is movingly explored throughout the book, there’s no doubting the integrity of her experience as a parent. Despite Bussle’s credentials, it should be made clear that her book is not the equivalent of a university professor addressing a packed lecture hall. This makes it both effortlessly readable, and highly personal. It’s a book that abuse survivors are likely to find in some senses recognisable, whereas the casual reader may find themselves mentally filing away ideas and terminology to dig into further at a later point for a greater level of understanding. Sorrow to Shero is a captivating and emotional memoir that explores some the things that break us and make us as people.
Pages: 133 | ASIN: B08CRY2FD4
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
In “Sorrow to Shero,” Dr. Jeannita Bussle gives an honest look inside her experiences.
When the unimaginable occurs, she shares how she was able to forgive and heal.
Additionally, Dr. Bussle discusses the hard life lessons she has learned as a result of tragedy.
Although “Sorrow to Shero” shines a light on psychological abuse and the importance of mental health, it is also a vivid reminder that God always makes a way out of no way.
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