Friday, April 26, 2013

Book Beginnings: The Journal of My Broken Life by Carolee J. Horning

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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It was one of those perfect, still, almost too hot, summer days. It was so quiet out on the lake in our boat that it felt like we were the only ones alive.

-- The Journal of My Broken Life by Carolee J. Horning.  Available in paperback or a Kindle edition.

Carolee Horning is a wonderful, brave woman who came forward and brought a claim against the Portland Archdiocese for the sexual abuse she suffered as a young teenager at the hands of her priest.

Horning drew on journal entries and work with her counselor to write this book -- a first-person account of her abuse, her lawsuit, and her path from victim to survivor. It is an honest, straight-from-the-heart story and she should be commended for telling it.

I recommend this book for anyone who works with or supports child abuse victims, any victims working on their own healing, or anyone looking for greater understanding of how child sexual abuse affects adults even decades later.

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