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  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Regal Books; Revised edition (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830727612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830727612
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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INSIDE FLAP: AUTHOR COMMENT: PUBLISHER'S COMMENT:

About the Author

Me Ra Koh earned a masters degree in teaching for the purpose of learning to speak to the brokenhearted. A date rape survivor and overcomer in Christ, Me Ra today travels around the country, teaching writing workshops and speaking to young people and women about date rape. In 1998, New Life Clinics featured her story in their tenth- anniversary celebration. Me Ra and her husband live in Washington state.

More About the Author

I didn't find photography.

Photography found me.

And then it healed me.

I started as a writer.

For 10 years I worked on one book, Beauty Restored: Finding Life and Hope After Date Rape. The heart of this book was to be a message of hope to women and their husbands/boyfriends, parents and friends. I wanted them to know they were not alone in their pain. It is based on my own painful experience of being date raped in college.

Almost ten years later, on March 20th, 2001, the first day of spring, I birthed two babies; my beautiful, firstborn, Pascaline and Beauty Restored. When Pascaline was three months old we hit the road and for the next 18 months did over 50 National TV Shows and Radio Interviews. While my little one slept in the backs of churches and colleges, I was up front sharing my story and hoping one woman would feel hope again.

After two amazing years on the road, Brian and I were pregnant with our second. His name was Aidan, our little fire. While in TN for a week long speaking tour I started experiencing abdominal pains and three weeks later our baby Aidan's heartbeat stopped.

After losing Aidan, I couldn't speak or write and sought refuge in Brian and Pascaline's love. During those times of grief, I picked up a camera. Pascaline's innocence was precious from every view point. I found myself working to capture her story: the times she couldn't stop giggling, the times she curled into the safety of daddy's arms, the asleep time, the fussy and frustrated times, the first time she played with a yellow balloon...

Friends and family started noticing the photos and asked me to photograph their kids. Soon brides were contacting me for their weddings. I had gone from speaking to 800 women and sharing my story, to finding healing behind a camera. Life had taken this unexpected turn and now I was given the privilege to artistically capture another woman's story on her wedding day. Photography had found me.

A new chapter of life unfolded, a chapter of writing other people's stories through images. Stories of new beginnings, moments of choosing to trust. Every time we shoot a wedding I'd see these moments; a grandmother reaches to squeeze the bride's hand, a groom whispers in his bride's ear, and then her giggle afterwards, a father's tears while he dances with his daughter. What could be more worthy of capturing than these moments?

Photography is not just an art, trade or skill. It's a tool of healing for myself and those I have the honor of capturing. When we approach the camera as a healing tool, the world opens it's heart to us.

Throughout this amazing journey, we've had the honor of having our work featured on VH1's Fabulous Weddings, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Lifetime Television. Grace Ormonde's premier Wedding Style magazine named us one their Masters of Craft photography teams. And I am also proud to be a Sony Artisan of Imagery and count our partnership with Sony to be an incredible gift of reaching women through dreams like the SOAR! Scholarship.

Our images of weddings and children have been published worldwide, as well as won international awards. Alongside our joy for photography, Brian and I have rekindled our love for speaking. Together, we travel nationwide, teaching our CONFIDENCE Workshops to women, speaking at photography expos and conferences--with a heart to empower and inspire not only the professional photographer but the parent, enthusiast and scrapbooker too.


Refuse to Say Cheese and Beyond the Green Box are two instructional DVDs that we scripted and produced. Our vision was to help empower moms in learning to use their cameras. This project exploded, was licensed by Sony to create "Kids in Focus", and continues to bring joy to thousands!

I've also found a new platform for combining my love of writing and photography: blogging. Each day I share a bit of my heart, our work and Photo-Recipes and exercises for the pro or enthusiast. In a short time, this outlet has gained an audience of over 15K unique visitors a month.

Just as the SOAR! Scholarship empowers women to DREAM BIG, I challenged myself to go big for my own dreams of reaching more women through TV. Little did we know the Nate Berkus Show would be knocking on our door! Every time I appear on Nate's show, and get the opportunity to teach and inspire over 2 million viewers with their photos, I want to pinch myself, jump up and down, cry and just laugh. And yet, I have a feeling that the journey has just begun.

But the most wonderful gift of all...the gift that anchors me every day...our beautiful children: Pascaline and Blaze. Capturing their lives is the greatest honor of all.

How does a woman start at such a place of deep pain and find herself standing in front of wide, open skies...I'm speechless. If I can do this, I know with full confidence you can reach your impossible dreams too.

Each day I find that my pain is still with me over my losses, but the joy is just as deep if not deeper.

Thank you for joining this beautiful community of women. May we all take flight together!

Much Love,

Me Ra

*For details on our DVDs and upcoming photography workshops, visit www.merakoh.com.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 2001
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MeRa's allegories describe the shame, loneliness and pain that I have felt, yet was unable to express...she also shows us the creative side of a loving and gentle God. I was moved by her first chapter where Jesus enters her dungeon of shame and darkness...and sits with her. Too many times we are told "it's time to move on" or "get over it". MeRa understands and writes about the depth of darkness I have felt and through sharing her pain restores faith and healing to any shattered heart. A beautiful book of hope and courage for anyone who has suffered sexual brokenness or loss. Thank you for being so real!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By leif h hansen on March 17, 2001
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It is a big step for a Christian publisher to be talking about a subject which has too often been ignored --date rape. This book, which tells of Me Ra's personal story of abuse and restoration, will be healing, informing and encouraging to anyone who has been on either side of sexual abuse. It is also a must-read for anyone planning on being involved in any kind of pastoral ministry (which, in a sense, is every person) --for we see and talk to people everyday who have gone through painful sexual experiences, yet we can hardly imagine how many actually have. While Me Ra's story is intimately tied to her Christian faith, it is accessible to all mature readers. Way to go Me Ra for sharing with us your heart and your story of hope! May this type of courage and vulnerability continue to be shown by Christians.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By john calvin on August 9, 2002
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i am aquainted with date rape only to the extent that a friend of mine had experienced it. it was difficult knowing how to be a friend and support. but i must say that to start such a journey with a friend takes patience and a lot of openness to staying quiet when you want to speak and being open to learning a whole new language of communication. i honor Me Ra Koh for her ability to not only to be vulnerable and honest with us as her reading audience, but for her ability to be vividly creative with her imagery. reading this has helped me in looking back at how i may have done a better job or was somehow, mysteriously doing something right in a situation that seemed entirely un"restorable."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By laruelives on January 20, 2004
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I didn't know Me Ra was an author until I met her. She would mention date rape as someone talking about when they first became engaged to their husband: with reverence to a difficult time in her life, but with emotional ease that only someone whom had dealt with great trauma and had overcome could do. To know her in person is to become exceedingly aware that she has no inner demons. That she has gone through great pain, vulnerability, degradation and hardship is true, but she bears no scars. People that have experienced trauma usually have "issues" remaining. To meet her is to become acutely aware that she doesn't have any "issues" because she has dealt with the grief associated with the rape, in all its forms. She is my role model for overcoming, and becoming whole.
When I see her, I can only think to myself of mirroring her restorative process. If she could endure and become well again, then I want to follow the same path she took in my personal emotional healing.
This book is her story. I use it as an example for my life. The One Way is God, and she will show you why. When all others make you question humanity, you're left with nothing to believe in; for humanity can bring much destruction on the individual. God's way is a path of hope and belief, of restoration. Read and discover this for yourself.
Also, Me Ra mentions this in the introduction, but this book is for the male audience as well as the female.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2001
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Beauty Restored is such a must for anyone that has experienced date rape or rape. Reading the authors own story will help you understand yourself and how the Lord can help you . What a brave young lady to want to help others through her own pain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 2001
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It is inevitable that everyone encounters obstacles and experiences tragedy in life, after reading this book you realize that the tragedy or obstacle is not what is important but what you do about it. Broken dreams must be restored, we must find hope and strength to fight through hard times and triumph. As you read through this book you experience the writers pain, tragedy, suffering, and most of all triumph and victory. Most people go through life not realizing how powerful certain events can be in shaping their lives by ignoring them and choosing not to face them and resolve them, this book shows a woman who not only faced and resolved a tragic event in her life but how she used it to reach people and give them hope when dealing with tragedy. I suggest that whether you are a woman dealing with date rape or someone that hasn't let go or faced their tragedy and hurt.
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