Description : While in a medically induced coma, it was difficult to know what was real or imagined. The injuries were horrific and life-threatening; recovery was a roller coaster ride of emotions lasting a period of four years. The coma, the morphine dreams, MRSA, and the unexpected Oxycontin withdrawal have left haunting memories, which have been explicitly detailed within the pages of this book. Hospital stays were numerous throughout the four years. Being disabled and helpless in taking care of normal, everyday functions was disheartening in and of itself. Living in different nursing homes at the fairly young age of fifty-six was both a wake-up call and actually enjoyable. The elderly have so much to offer, even though they are in a nursing home. History is alive in the memories of these people. They are wonderful to listen to. The opportunity to meet and hear their different stories was a great pleasure. It was both an awful and an amazing experience.
Description : Veronica Farmer was diagnosed with extensive cancer just days before her wedding, and it was a powerful life scar for her. Made Beautiful by Scars started with the idea of Farmer sharing how cancer made her more beautiful. She then realized hosts of other womens lives are molded by their own scars. In this collection, she shares her story and the stories of twenty-two other women who have lived through trauma that did not break them. The narratives show how the tragedies they encountered grew them, expanded their beauty into a whole new realm, and touched many others. From Nicky who suffered the pain of infertility, to Kate who battled melanoma, and to Amanda who became a paraplegic, Made Beautiful by Scars captures raw stories from Farmer and other women who have faced all types of life scars and been made stronger. Farmer shines a light on the unimaginable strength of women, survivors who have been empowered by adversity and challenge.
Description : Discover the Hidden Beauty in Your Life Open yourself to the possibility that there is beauty hidden in your emotional and physical scars. Understanding how beauty can unfold from pain will allow you to create your own beautiful life, regardless of your circumstances. Is it really possible to reach one’s greatest potential, even after unthinkable loss and tragedy? In "Beauty Unfolding", author Kate Waite shares her own personal journey through pain and loss, and reveals that the secret to a beautiful life is not just avoiding adversity, but creating joy and abundance from within. Her personal anecdotes and proven, simple, yet highly effective action steps will empower and inspire you to create the life you desire, regardless of the challenges you face. Surviving life’s challenges isn’t just about overcoming painful endings---it’s about awakening to a whole new world of beautiful beginnings that are there for the taking. Don’t waste another minute on the same defeated path. "Beauty Unfolding" provides all the tools and inspiration you need to embrace the joy, beauty, and abundance already available to you---starting today!
Description : We have all been wounded and scarred by battles. That is life. As a Christian, we don’t want others to see us as weak or lacking in faith, so we cover those scars and hide that pain. This Bible study offers the readers a detailed plan on how to heal from life’s scars and use them to further God’s kingdom. It is focused on 2 Corinthians 12:9 and shows the reader step-by-step how to deal with weaknesses and scars, how to heal from those scars, and how to let God’s power rest on you through your own weakness.
Description : Scarred BeautifulAndrea Smith seemed to have the perfect life: a devoted husband and beautiful children anyone would envy. But in an instant, it all came crashing down like a house of cards.Leaving her family behind to check into the Pima County Jail in Tucson, Arizona, Andrea experienced a shame that was deep and boundless. The painful episode dredged up emotional, and even physical, scars that she'd long buried and hoped to forget. From her humiliating strip search through her final, triumphant release, Andrea's memoir Scarred Beautiful eloquently chronicles her touching journey through shame, anger and tragedy that threaten to break her spirit for good. It's through this journey that she learns to unearth the beauty in her flaws - and emerge from incarceration with renewed courage and faith, and a new appreciation for what is most precious and cherished in her life. Andrea Smith's raw, honest accounting of her life delves into ugly experiences to reveal the beauty inside. Scarred Beautify will touch readers who may be hiding their shame or questioning their very faith in God, but are ready to overcome. Through Andrea's story, readers should feel encouraged to let down their own veil of shame and discover the true beauty that resides among the flaws.
Description : Derek Amato's reflections in My Beautiful Disaster provide rare insight into what people with extraordinary gifts see, think, feel and do; pose questions about the potential to tap into previously undetected abilities and spotlight the 'silent epidemic' of head trauma. His experiences also make vivid some the challenges faced by those living with autism and other neurological disorders and hint at the possibility we all have more in common than we think. Readers enchanted by autistic savant, Daniel Tammet's eloquent Born On A Blue Day, will welcome another multi-layered, first person account of what is to live with a remarkable condition. Uniquely, having spent his life as a neurotypical Amato's tale relates the before and after of 'the gift'; his voice at times resonating with incredulity at what has happened and what the eventual cost may be.
Description : There Are Many Faces to Domestic Violence....Here's My Face! This book will take you on a journey through thirteen faces of emotions. Each emotional face gives you a detailed glimpse into my world as a victim of domestic violence. There are thoughts that prompt me to never forget although I have forgiven. • "You know what your problem is? You don't know how to treat a man because your dad wasn't in your life." • "You wouldn't even think by looking at him he would do something like that to you, besides you have always been so strong and independent." • "How could you get involve with someone like that?" • "Why don't you just leave?" • "How did I get here?" • "God why me?" • "This is my day to stop hurting!" • "You are wiser after you have been truly tested and stronger from having endured the experience." "How do you forgive someone who was determined to destroy you and called it love?" Since my experience, I have found that sharing my story has encouraged and even inspired other victims and survivors of domestic violence. This book gives a very different perspective to the battered woman. It provides a glimpse into the experience, the emotions and the escape of a woman who endured thirteen years of abuse. In addition, this book shares mind boggling adaptations to living through and surviving the abuse. Felicia Johnson is an educator in the 3rd largest school district in Houston, Texas. She is an only child, a mother of two boys and a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. Ms. Johnson received her BS in Psychology from Campbell University and MA in Human Relations with an emphasis in counseling from the University of Oklahoma. This book was inspired by her love to write and the overall impact of this life altering experience.
Description : Inspired by true events, Soldiers of Love weaves the imperfect, transcendent, and unforgettable journey of Liberty and Zion in their pursuit to secure the American dream. ~LIBERTY~Liberty Mae Banks is what Mama had named me. But Zion, he called me Mrs. Forever. And before that 3 a.m. earth-shattering moment, I had accepted the notion that the boy I had admired as a child, and who I had proudly declared my first love, may have only been a figment of my imagination. There was no physical evidence of our love; no traceable record of our history; and no tangible memories that encapsulated the bond we shared. I had even scolded myself for allowing the mental foreplay; because had he belonged to me how I so naively convinced myself, then it would have been his ring on my left finger--but it wasn't. It was that crippling reminder that taunted me all of these years. Yet and still, I felt buried underneath the emotional wreckage, bleeding internally. I was blaming this invisible boy, the ghost of my past, for the scars etched across my heart. It wasn't until the bandage slipped off, that the remnants of the boy's existence, returned--proving decades later, that he was real. Every soldier has a story to tell. This is ours.