Bits and Pieces
Each word is precious to me.
#1 I definitely would recommend this book. I actually finished it a lot quicker than I thought I would. I Couldn't put it down.
#2 I get the topic that is written throughout the book, forgiveness. There is power in one’s own emotion when we forgive, and it takes the power away from the offender, that to me is key.
#3 I found this book to be one of the most open and vulnerable books you have published. The stories you share, the inner struggles you work through, the grappling with incredibly complex and nuanced things such as restorative justice and forgiveness, the personal challenges and successes, all of it was quite moving for me. Thank you for letting me be on your beta readers. I deeply appreciate the honor. I also very much so look forward to crossing paths with Rene again in the future.
#4 The timing was perfect for me to be able reflect on each chapter of your book. This book showed your willingness to be vulnerable throughout this journey you are on. You didn’t sugar-coat your story and that made it authentic to me. … Now that I finished the book, I get why you described the “trauma beast”. There is a spiritual war happening around us that we are oblivious to as we go about our daily lives.
#5 I don't think I even have the words to describe the journey you took me through. I cried and had to put the book down several times but I am so thankful to have had a chance to be a beta reader for this book.
The way you guided your readers through your journey and memories was incredible.
#6 The historical interest was present, the reptile imagery worked for me. The Restorative Threat was a favorable, objective history, appreciating there are birthing pains, and lumps and bumps of growth.
#7 I got halfway through your book and had to put it down. I was getting far too emotional and it brought up memories I have so desperately tried to forget. At first, I had thought I’d be able to whiz through this like your other - “Confronting the Horror” back when it was “hot off the press”. But this was a totally different experience, and I now see (read) things in a different light because of the hurt and deception I’ve recently experienced in my own life…. I do know this book was to be and that I was meant to receive it, at this time….
#8 I did not “zoom” through the book. I wanted to savor it. I took my time with it. I pondered on the pages. I tried to really put myself in your shoes – the good steps and the bad steps. I wanted to feel ALL of it with you. Obviously, I will never know what you fully feel but I tried to feel the pain, the joys, the struggles, the small victories (like just getting through the day), the stories…etc. Being an empath can be exhausting. Draining….
#9 Your book is filled with gems that people will carry away with them for life.
I must say you marvelously, in my view, brought your whole story together beautifully. And like I said, in many places it was a real ‘page turner’.
#10 It was not a journey to forgiveness, but a journey of forgiveness with a black menacing cloud as a constant companion until Candace’s spirit of love and forgiveness became an overwhelming presence in your life.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." - Anais Nin