Pat - a BETA reader
Here is how one responded.
What have you learned?
There is hope in every storm. No matter the intensity of the assaults on one’s life and family, there is hope.
Pain doesn’t go away in a vacuum…healing can be enhanced by involvement – a sort of stretching of the tight muscles, taking (or accepting) nourishment to balance depleted stores of spiritual, emotional, physical energy.
What is your overall understanding of the manuscript? What am I saying?
There’s no such thing as an easy answer for the agonizing pain inflicted on all the victims of a violent crime.
Even though a wounded person needs certain time for solitude, there’s a huge need to be part of the larger community. It is bound to be uncomfortable, even painful, but like getting back on a bicycle after a tumble, the choice to trust the community again can’t happen unless one “gets on the bike.”
The sense of being part of a story much bigger than your own is almost tangible, Wilma. That connectedness is evident in your speaking, writing, advocating, challenging and loving!
Would you recommend this to a friend?
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Wilma Derksen found herself sucked into the vortex of a fierce storm. Suddenly the accomplished journalist was living a story no one wants to live. Instead of observing news events and reporting them to others, she and her family, Cliff, Odia and Syras, were blown into the spotlight.
Rather than retreat, the Derksens faced the clouds and the cold, the relentless forces of public scrutiny, the suspicions and the insinuations, as well as their own fears, until they began to dissipate.
Cliff and Wilma’s conscious choice of forgiveness began to show itself a permeating peace. Others, too, have their storms. Wilma’s determination not to let Candace’s death be an end continues to affect others caught in stormy times.
I felt the cold dissipate as I read of Wilma’s passion to find ways of reaching out. “Love breaks social barriers with practical help.”
(Former President of the Christian Writers Manitoba Association.)
It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life.” - Ted Hughes