Every so often, a book comes along that is meant to educate more than entertain. Discovering True: #NoMoreShame Project Anthology, Volume 1 is one of those tomes. Well written by some truly remarkable people and edited by Rachel Thompson, Athena Moberg, Bobbi Parish (all of whom also contribute), it does an amazing job of bringing an understanding to those who need it most: the victims-turned-survivors.
Discovering True is a collection of personal essays and poetry from those who have lived through childhood sexual abuse. They come from all walks of life, all faiths, all colors; what they share is a determination to survive and the courage to look back on the cruelty they received from people they thought they could trust and share their stories in the hopes of inspiring others to face their own fears.
It's not an easy read and some people may want to take caution when reading through its pages. Though there's nothing overly graphic inside, survivors may still feel triggered as they explore another's pain and even those who have never been through such an ordeal may feel more than a bit queasy.
That's a good thing. Sexual abuse (or any kind, for that matter) should never be pretty or sexy. It should punch you in the gut and make you angry. Discovering True does that but it also shows hope - hope that there is something beyond the hell others create and that you can find the strength and courage to live a life filled with all the things that make existence worthwhile.
Order your copy and discover some truly enlightening truth for yourself.
Discovering True is a collection of true stories told by survivors of childhood sexual abuse. These stories and poems describe our individual journeys in search of the truth. In reading them you will experience many facets of what we have felt, heard and wrestled with along the way. There’s anger, pain, confusion and hopelessness in many of the pieces. Yet there is also hope, reclamation, joy and peace. Not all of the stories and poetry directly reference sexual abuse. Some are metaphorical rather than literal. But all reflect the journey of a survivor on the path to discovering true.
About the Editors
Rachel Thompson (aka RachelintheOC) is a bestselling author, now represented by Booktrope, and social media/author marketing consultant (BadRedhead Media and Author Social Media Boot Camp). Her three books, A Walk In The Snark, The Mancode: Exposed and Broken Pieces are all #1 Kindle bestsellers! Midwest Book Review and two Amazon Top 10 Hall of Fame reviewers all gave Broken Pieces five stars! Her fourth book, Broken Places, is due to be published in December 2014. Her articles appear regularly in the Huffington Post, San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says...), 12Most.com, bitrebels.com, and BookPromotion.com. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut.
You can find Rachel on her website, Twitter and Facebook
Athena Moberg, CPC, is a Certified Professional Coach
Bobbi Parish, MA is a Marriage and Family Therapist now working as a Trauma Recovery Coach. She’s a Founder of The #NoMoreShame Project and also Trauma Recovery University. Her book, Create Your Personal Sacred Text, teaches readers how to develop and celebrate a healthy faith through personal exploration and writing. She is a single mom living in Texas. Sparkly shoes are her kryptonite.
You can find Bobbi on her website, Twitter and Facebook.
The #NoMoreShame Project is a joint collaboration between Rachel, Athena and Bobbi. A variety of free resources for Survivors are offered through The Project:
A Twitter Chat every Tuesday at 6pm PST, just use the hashtag #SexAbuseChat
A live Google Hangout every Wednesday at 6pm PST. This can be watched on our YouTube Channel or on the #NoMoreShame Project website
Downloadable resource sheets, pinnables and videos are also available on the website.
Discovering True: #NoMoreShame Project Anthology, Volume 1 is available from Amazon. For more information on the #NoMoreShame Project, visit their website, Facebook, Twitter or Google +.