I was raised by eighty year-old relatives, my great-great uncle and several great aunts, all full of life's wisdom gained from years of living challenging lives. I learned storytelling from the best: my Uncle Robert told stories every night while sitting on the porch swing during breezy summer nights, as my Aunt Mollie, Aunt Bessie and Aunt Fannie chimed in. The days were full of hard work keeping up the farm, and the nights were like magic, as the lone call of the Whippoorwill provided staccato breaks during the brief silences.
Even when I was a small child no more than five or six, I loved those story nights, full of life lessons and the combined history of our family. I loved to listen, and to learn, and had ambitions to become many things in life, eager to claim my own future. My unconventional life lacked the stability that I needed to reach my goals at that time. My elders had limited life left in them, as age took them all away, one by one. Like a drowning person, I desperately grabbed onto the nearest branch of salvation offered to me, and married a Vietnam Veteran seven years my senior, when I was only sixteen years old. At first glance, I thought I had found a prince charming, but as the years passed rapidly by, I discovered the true nature of the violent man I had married.
“In the process of my evolution, I became a victim of domestic war, an emotional casualty for a major portion of my life, entwined, entrapped and emotionally involved, until I learned how to become free. Freedom has never been easily gained and has often come at high cost throughout history, but one thing I will always know is freedom is worth every fight, and all pain.”
Torn From the Inside Out
A good memoir will take the reader on an insightful journey that informs, raises awareness, and heightens social consciousness.
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"She made thirty suicide attempts before the age of thirty. Some unseen and unknown inner turmoil, created a war within her: a chaotic war that she felt she could not win, but was not sure she wanted to lose"
Sara Niles fled for her life in 1987 with five small children in tow: This is the story of their journey
Torn From the Inside Out
by Sara Niles
Sara was raised by an uncle and several aunts who were all in their eighties, when she was but a small child; leading to an early marriage to an abusive man when Sara was only sixteen years old. Sara endured abuse for over a decade, and was forced to flee for her life during a cold, February thunderstorm.
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Divine Touch: Forgotten Truth of Unity
on July 29, 2014
Divine Touch is a spiritual journey embarked upon by the author in search of God's answers for her, although not from the belief systems of prescribed religions, but through a personal dialogue in which Flora asks questions about her life's meaning and God's presence in her life that are answered via the use of sacred texts of the King James bible and the Koran.
The set up of the book is much like the dialogue between Job of the bible when he questioned God concerning many things and received answers directly; in this case, the answers are transposed from scripture by the author.
The dialogue is uniquely personal as the work of 'Flora' and her answers are her only philosophical and spiritual take on scriptural application. Flora creates her own life story through the dialogue, as she reveals a troubled and anguished need to find a higher purpose for her life. The answers flow philosophically and simply, as they simplify life and bring the reader to a deeper level of appreciation for life's purpose and God's design.
The tone of the writing is similar to middle eastern style of spiritual leaders such as Rabindranath Tagore-simple and profound.