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About the Author

After her first eighteen years in the Northeast, Lynn Tolson moved to the Southwest where she engaged in careers in real estate and property management. During those years, she survived post-traumatic stress disorder, which manifested in addictions and suicide attempts. Through the therapeutic process, she determined the causes of her dysfunction and was able to ultimately achieve a life that reflects health and happiness. Her memoir, Beyond the Tears, illustrates physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation; her story offers a message of hope. Tolson currently resides in the Midwest where she returned to college to obtain a degree in social work.

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  • File Size: 748 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Project4TEARS (September 19, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 19, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001JQLQFC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After her first eighteen years in the Northeast, Lynn Tolson moved to the Southwest where she engaged in careers in real estate and property management. During those years, she survived post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which manifested in addictions and suicide attempts. Through the therapeutic process, she determined the causes of her dysfunction, which included childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence. Ultimately, she was able to achieve a life that reflects health and happiness. Her memoir, Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story illustrates physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation; her story offers a message of hope. Tolson moved to the Midwest where she returned to college to obtain a degree in social work. She has also overcome breast cancer. She resides in the Rocky Mountains where she works as an artist, author, and advocate.

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During my research on domestic violence to feature in Sisters in the Lord Magazine for October, which happens to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I ran across Lynn Tolson's, Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story.

By the second paragraph of Beyond the Tears, I was transported into the mind of a young woman bent on suicide and traveled with her through her suicide attempt, discovery, revival in a cold hospital room and transfer to a psyche ward. This was just in the first chapter.

The remainder of my night was shot as I stayed awake, reading each page as quickly as possible so that I might know this woman was okay. That she recovered. That she escaped her abuser and survived.

Intense doesn't begin to describe Beyond the Tears. This writer's true story reads like a best-selling thriller - but it's not fiction. It's Tolson's nightmare that begins the story and her victorious survival that ends it.

Peopled with characters we all know in our own lives, Tolson brings her own cast alive with crisp dialogue and action - oftentimes breathtaking with brutal honesty. Tolson's abuse cycle started as a child and continued through her marriage. The pages turn on their own as this compelling true story shows the cycle of abuse, the mindset of the victim, the actions of the abuser, the betrayal of relatives and friends and finally, the first steps toward healing.

As I suspected when reading Tolson's story, her true calling was to be a writer, which she revealed in a subsequent interview. She is now working on her second survival story - this time she has survived breast cancer.

Beyond the Tears is critical reading for victims of abuse.
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Beyond the Tears was very captivating. I felt for and understood Lynn as she told her story. I never felt that it was biased in any way, and longed to find out what was coming next. As a man reading a story about a woman and her experiences with sexual, emotional and physical abuse, I was touched by her courage to continue, even when she did not want to continue she persevered, found strength and did more than survive, she thrived. I was able to identify with the main character just as easily as if that person had been male. As a therapist I have encouraged several of my clients to read this book to assist them in working through their abuse issues(both male and female clients). If I could sum up the most impressive thing about this book besides the author, it would be how she tells her story as though she is telling it to her therapist. That is very healthy and encouraging to others who may need counseling. Thank you so much Lynn for sharing your story and breaking the silence.
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A survivor is not always the one who is the strongest or the wisest, but the one who perseveres. Lynn Tolson's story is compelling and uplifting. She takes the reader through the darkest moments of her life into a place where peace and happiness come to fruition. The book is candid but not brutal. It is an enjoyable read with a great message. Tolson is truly a gifted writer.
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Beyond The Tears, a book by Lynn Tolson, is a story that needs to be read by anyone who has ever thought about suicide, has experienced abuse or is running from the painful memories of their past. Lynn provides a powerful story as she takes you down the painful path of her last suicide attempt that almost killed her. The strange thing is she doesn¡¦t know why she wants to die, she only knows that she wants the pain to stop. It is only by the grace of God that she survives. Having been given a reprieve, Lynn finds a special therapist named Karen she can begin her journey of healing with. It is her special relationship with Karen that gives her the permission and freedom to talk about the sordid and painful memories of her past. She reveals her innermost secret about being sexually abused by her father and then her brother„oyes, her own brother. She tells how lonely she felt as a child in her overwhelmingly dysfunctional family and how she just wanted someone to love her. ¡§That¡¦s what I felt like, a tattered book that had been thrown away before anyone bothered to read beyond the cover¡¨, she writes. Lynn plodded along in therapy for quite some time revealing everything that had happened to her while receiving invaluable hope and support from Karen. She tells how she ¡§¡Ksurveyed the fragments of a family not yet dead but no more living¡¨. In the end, Lynn overcomes her past, confronts her perpetrators and stops just existing, but begins living. She then courageously writes her own story, offering hope to anyone who is a survivor of childhood abuse, neglect and/or trauma. She shares her inspiration and hope with anyone who feels hopeless and unworthy. Read her story and you will find that no matter how bleak a situation or family may look, there is always hope and the potential for healing.
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This author, Lynn Tolson rises above her long buried private pain, her horrific young life of childhood incestual and physical abuse, to help others. She takes you on a well written, can't put the book down, journey through her life in vivid detail which is carefully drawn out through counseling sessions and reveals the full extent of her abuse.... then on to recovery some 20 years later. She has brought her story out in the open, out of the dark shadows so that other victims can hopefully gain the strength and courage to tell somebody, anybody about their own abuse. She is one very brave, very strong woman now. She is determined to tell her story of survival. She survives Incest, Sexual & Physical Abuse, Drug Addiction, Suicide Attempts and PTSD. Read this whether or not you yourself are a victim. You may know a victim and can maybe be a better helpful friend.
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Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story: why read this memoir
just bought this book on Kindle and 3/4's finished. I'm so amazed at your strength Lynn, and when I tell many people about reading it, I don't get a comment. I think that sexual abuse is shunned way too much and should be acknowledged by people. I don't know how during the holidays to have a meal... Read More
Nov 27, 2010 by Feather Girl |  See all 10 posts
Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story: on writing a memoir
It's funny that you mention listening to music Lynn. I listen to the music I have on ITunes when I write. It just seems so natural to have it on, makes my creative juices flow.
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