Thursday, September 28, 2017

Book Beginning: My Father's Ledger by Mary Mills

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

MY BOOK BEGINNING



Roseanne slowly maneuvered her Volkswagen Passat toward downtown, her fingers drumming an impatient rhythm on the steering wheel.

-- My Father's Ledger: Sex Abuse by a Catholic Priest - A Family's Story of Grace Survival and Healing by Mary Mills, from Chapter One, "Grace: At the Table With the Priests."

This powerful new memoir tells how the betrayal of trust can change a family forever. It doesn't give too much away to explain that the family priest seduced the mother and later sexually abused the author's younger sister.

This book touches me personally because I was one of the attorneys who represented the sister in her claim against the Jesuits. The story of the family's survival is inspiring.




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YOUR BOOK BEGINNING




8 comments :

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This book sounds very good. Thanks for sharing.

Bev Bouwer said...

Oh wow, talk abut a personal connection to a story. I loved John Boyne's A History of Loneliness about the sexual abuse of young boys by the Catholic church. Hard to read, but worthwhile, somehow.

Hope you don't find this too harrowing.

Mystica said...

Tough reading for me.

Sassy Brit said...

Hi Gilion!

Sounds like a powerful read. Hope you have plenty of tissues close by!

Mine is Anne Frank's story, since I just got back from Amsterdam. :D

Find it here: http://bit.ly/2xFwmq9

Thanks! Enjoy your weekend!

Hardlyagoddess said...

oh my- how ever did you read about the case after having been so involved..it sounds very compelling though but sad and tough to read~

Yvonne said...

Sounds like an emotional read.

Have a great weekend!

Nicki J Markus said...

Although I wouldn't read this myself, I can see that it would have a deep personal connection for you. Have a great weekend.

Audra said...

!!! Whoa -- intense! How was it reading this book after being involved (in a way)? Must be a bit surreal...

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