SACRED HEARTS RISING: BREAKING THE SILENCE ONE STORY AT A TIME
In Sacred Hearts Rising you’ll find a collection of essays from women who have overcome all manner of struggles: abuse, loss, near-death experiences, mental illness, abandonment, heartbreak, and more. Through this diverse mix of stories, a bright thread connects these women: no matter what befell them, they are not fallen and they will not be silent. Their voices, their hearts, and their lives are rising. Here in these pages, you are invited to join them.
by Colleen Songs
by Brenda Hammon
by Daphne McDonagh
The Decision that Changed My Life
by Becky Norwood
Today I Am Free
by Patsy Davis
I Heard Your Voice
by Marta Clay
I’m Not Crazy
by Martina Soderquist
Sometimes You Have To Heal Yourself
by Holly Holmberg
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
by Laura-Lee Harrison
In the Shadows
by Ahstyn Bigam
A Journey To Freedom
by Jannet Talbott
Opening the Invisible Drawer
by Thyra Whitford
The Broken Porcelain Doll
by Elizabeth J.O. Gagnon
Coming Out Again and Again
by Brigitte Lessard-Deyell
The Journey Home
by Colleen Herbst
You Are Enough
by Michele Noordhof
The Present I Choose
by Bonnie Todd
On the Wings of an Angel
by Tannis Soderquist
by Charlene Lumsden
Courage to Heal
by Sheryl Rist
Here and Now!
by Tenshy Perdomo
by Jordan Guildford
Quest for Happiness
by Kathy Smith
Finding My Wings
by Carolyn Block
Secure in Love
by Susan Janzen
Brenda Hammon’s book is a wonderful offering to women of all ages suffering from abuse of any kind, a gift that began as her personal experience of grief and morphed into something big and transformational. In this book readers will find stories — some disturbing while others are very encouraging — about “various forms of abuse, grief, suicide, cancer, near-death experiences, mental illness and abandonment, and more.” The stories are well-written to have a friendly feel, with a narrative that readers will find familiar. Sacred Hearts Rising: Breaking the Silence One Story at a Time is one of those books that will encourage you to take your own journey to freedom courageously and to face the reality of your life. It’s a book about healing and one that communicates the powerful message that our pain doesn’t define us, that our experience of neglect and abuse doesn’t define us, and that we can choose to embrace ourselves and move towards the inner light of healing. It’s very inspirational, a book to read and pass on.
Sacred Hearts Rising: Breaking the Silence One Story at a Time by Brenda Hammon is a collection of short stories which moved me at so many levels, sometimes to tears. It broaches so many major topics such as alienation, power, and believing in yourself and in your dreams, expectations, self-esteem, manipulation, anxiety, depression. I particularly loved “I’m not crazy” and cannot but share these short quotes: “I am trapped. Helpless. A prisoner of my mind”; “the anxiety, depression, panic attacks crippled me”; “living in a shroud of darkness.” The manipulation of which the main character is the victim is tremendous but also progressive, and this type of story is bound to help a reader face what they had avoided seeing and help them realize what they are going through. I would like to add that this is what I liked the most about this collection: the stories will definitely help numerous women realize that life can be different, that they too should break the silence and get a grasp on their own lives. Thank you so much for these moving stories!
I really liked the idea behind Sacred Hearts Rising of consolidating these stories of courage and hope about women in the words of the women themselves. They are all so different, but the underlying link between them is they have all faced extraordinary challenges in life. The unique voice and writing style of each also brings a nice flavor to this book and turns it into an educational and, at times, even entertaining read where I found myself genuinely happy for the ones who truly found peace. This is a very inspirational book that I would certainly recommend, especially for those who may have undergone similar hardships in life.
Brenda Hammon, who spent time researching and compiling this anthology of short, personal stories, has done a credible job in bringing together heart wrenching accounts of the awful situations that many people go through. But these stories are not just accounts of often life-threatening situations, but detailed explanations on how they were able to make a better life for themselves, notwithstanding their past. Each story is well written and told from the heart. The reader is left feeling empathy for each writer, and encouraged that it is not necessary to accept any type of negative or abusive behaviour, and to take control and direct your own path. Acknowledgement must also be given to each writer for having the courage and inclination to relate their experiences with the intent of bringing hope to others who might unwittingly find themselves facing similar experiences.
They understand that they can choose their responses to the tragedies and traumas of their lives. Brenda Hammon has done a wonderful job in putting together these stories and making them available to readers, because there is a lot in this book that the reader will resonate with. We all have our traumas and, at times, they pursue us in ways we don’t even understand. This book communicates the hope that we can be free by courageously confronting our past and determining how it should affect us. The stories are filled with many insightful passages and lessons for readers. Written in a style that anyone can understand, these are compelling stories. Sacred Hearts Rising: Breaking the Silence One Story at a Time will change the way we read our stories and how we look at others.
SACRED HEARTS RISING: FINDING YOUR WINGS
The twenty-seven stories contained in the book serve not only as a testament to the strength and resilience of the writers who tell them, but also as a reminder that you the reader are not alone in your struggles, that there is hope for you, too, to find your wings and to rise.
Sacred Hearts Rising: Finding Your Wings holds the essays of a wide variety of humans—people who have faced and survived profound trauma, loss, and pain. In their own words, each of these people will take you on their journey of discovering great strength, determination and understanding that their lives could be different if they chose to seek out something better than where they were. Through their eyes, you will witness both the ease and the challenge involved in finding the wings a person needs to take flight, out of suffering and into a bigger and brighter future.
non-fiction collection of true accounts of people who have
undergone severe challenges in life and learned to rise above it.
This book is the second of its kind and, having read the first one
and liked it a lot, I was excited to read this one. This book also
builds on similar themes and it is mainly a showcase of the different
types of challenges people go through, ranging from sexual abuse,
mental illness of any kind including depression, dysfunctional
relationships, trauma, the pain of miscarriages, physical disability,
and many such things. Each person writes in their own words a brief
sketch of what they went through, how it affected them, and how
they have managed to look at the silver lining and the bright side of
things. These people have managed to not only look past their own
difficulty but have tried to help other people in society and been of
service to others, which is very inspiring. A brief introduction and
bio in the book explain the concept and framework of the book as
Sacred Hearts Rising: Finding Your Wings is a good collection and
the stories that have been picked cover a wide range of topics. It is
inspiring to read about people suffering from major physical
disabilities or mental illness who still care to help others and try to
be of service to them. The writing throughout the book is concise
and well-organized and the stories can be read in any order. The
accounts of sexual abuse or trauma are also very important and
can go a long way towards assisting others in similar situations to
get help, speak out, and also feel that they are not alone. This is a
great collection that I would recommend to everyone!
anthology of essays about healing, growth, and self-reflection told
through the eyes of several people's experiences. In twenty-seven
stories, all with a theme of hope, each one is a testament to
strength and resilience as the writers go through a wide range of
struggles that various readers will relate to. With hope infused in
each story, they give the reader strength as well. Each essay draws
from different experiences - from addiction, to assault, to gender
transition - the one thing they all have in common is that they're
written from the heart and each essayist takes back their power
Sacred Hearts Rising: Finding Your Wings by Brenda Hammon is a
well written and moving work. It is written in a way that makes for
easy consumption and provides a great range of insights on
strength and hope from which everyone, in all stages in life, will be
able to take many helpful tips. It's certainly a book that will open
many readers' eyes and hearts. Many of the stories use a
minimalist approach that manages to capture the essence of each
writer's thoughts and convey them to the reader, without
weighing them down in a torrent of florid prose. Through the
multitude of rich essays, no emotional stone is left unturned as
each one seeks to encourage readers to look for a new path in life,
one that is fulfilling. A powerful, evocative read.
Brenda Hammon does a superb job in handling these harrowing, heartbreaking, yet empowering tales of overcoming the worst obstacles life can throw at a person. The stories flow from one to another in a well-constructed order, offering different issues and perspectives to create an atmospheric break from chapter to chapter. Though the messages of strength were similar, I never felt as though I was reading the same story twice. I found Rachel Dyer’s “Scoliosis Strong: The Beauty Within” to be particularly uplifting and motivational in its perspective, and “Living With The Hand I Was Dealt” by Kurtis Clay struck similar notes. All of the works were extremely well edited for high readability whilst also staying true to each author’s unique voice. The overall aim of Sacred Hearts Rising: Finding Your Wings is to offer solace and companionship to those in need of strength, and I believe these stories deliver exactly that. A superb and inspirational collection for anyone seeking strength.