Thursday, August 17, 2017

Unbroken


Unbroken:One Woman's Journey to Rebuild a Life Shattered by Violence. A True Story of Survival and Hope

by Madeleine Black


Madeleine Black has experienced more in her life than most ever will, but few have walked away from such carnage with her quiet dignity.

She was gang raped when she was 13 years old and was consequently raped 3 more times before the age of 18. One might wonder how such things could happen but the reader will see how a slippery slope can be created from the horrible actions of just one night.

The events of that first rape were so traumatic; it took Madeleine many years and a lot of hard work to uncover the memories of that attack.  Could she believe such things? Would she make up such things? All the while, she was doing her best to carry out her “Best Revenge” plan: leading a good and happy life. But the road to living such a life was long and painful.

So how does one emerge from such depths? And can others do it as well? Madeleine tells her story in vivid, candid detail. Her words are simple and straight. Her story is accessible and relatable. That’s because her message is about how a person chooses to recover from adversity. It’s not about what knocks a person down; it’s how they get back up.

Forgiveness was the key for Madeleine. True forgiveness takes genuine effort. It takes a real desire to understand those who may have done us harm and caring enough about one’s self to take the necessary steps.  Madeleine shows us that it’s worth the effort. And really, if we’ve already suffered hardship, what do we have to lose?

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