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Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story [Kindle Edition]

Lynn C. Tolson
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Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story is a memoir that begins with the suicide attempt of an abused and addicted twenty-five-year-old woman. In the aftermath, she commits to counseling to recover from anxiety and depression associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The author engages the reader in her private therapy sessions. The young woman reveals dysfunctional family relationships, including domestic violence, sexual abuse, and mental illness. Due to the therapeutic process, the woman discovers a path to love and the value of life, and she ultimately achieves a life that reflects health and happiness. In sharing this inspirational journey, the author provides a message of hope.

Author Lynn C. Tolson appeals to the reader from the first paragraph of her powerful memoir Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story. Tolson uses creative non-fiction to tell her story, fascinating the reader with metaphor, prose, and poetry. Tolson tells her riveting story in first-person narrative, enabling the reader to instantly bond with her authentic voice. Readers can readily visualize the settings, plot, and characters due to the author's well-developed descriptions and dialogue.

This is not an average auto-biography: the book combines story-telling with self-help, affirmations, meditations, and therapeutic concepts. Each chapter begins with a quote appropriate to the content, which gives the reader even more to contemplate. The topics challenge the reader to explore social problems within the context of family relationships. However, Tolson uses her clever wit to offer the reader occasional comic relief. Readers say that they simultaneously laughed and cried on the same page. Some readers say that reading the book literally changed their lives.

In the author's own words: "For nearly twenty years, I engaged in careers in retail, real estate and property management. Every working day left me feeling unfulfilled, as if I was living a false life. My real life began not by changing jobs, but by putting pen to paper in journal writing sessions. Themes emerged regarding the impact of my sexual abuse, drug addiction, and suicide attempts. By using the journal to write about the problems and solutions discussed in my counseling sessions, a story of transformation evolved. My desire to share a message of healing from trauma became too strong to ignore; the book became a mission. I left the corporate environment to write my story about personal yet universal emotional issues. Although journal writing was a cathartic experience, the book was written with the courage to face my fears, with compassion for myself and others, and a conviction to tell the truth.

Sexual assault, addiction, and suicide are unsolved social problems that carry stigmas. The stigmas cast a code of silence that do not solve problems. The result from not speaking about the crime of sexual assault is too often tragic. Thus, there is a need for real stories of recovery.

By bringing my dark secrets to light, it is my hope that others who have had similar events will know that they are not alone. Readers may explore their own emotions to open lines of communication, eliminate shame, and experience healing. I also hope that my book promotes understanding of the issues that cause individual suffering and plague our society."

About the author: After her first eighteen years in the Northeast, Lynn C. Tolson moved to the Southwest where she engaged in careers in real estate and property management. During those years, she survived post-traumatic stress disorde (PTSD), which manifested in addictions and suicide attempts. Through the therapeutic process, she determined the causes of her ailments. Her memoir, Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor’s Story illustrates physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation. Tolson moved to the Midwest where she returned to college to obtain a degree in social work. She has also overcome breast cancer.


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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 470 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1410724174
  • Publisher: Project4TEARS (September 19, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001JQLQFC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,119 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to be captivated...and up all night September 27, 2005
Format:Paperback
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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Male's point of view/ A therapists point of view February 3, 2005
Format:Paperback
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for real life survivors May 12, 2003
Format:Paperback
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond The Tears Book Review July 1, 2004
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Riveting.
Author Lynn Tolson takes the reader on a journey through hell. This book is an amazing non-stop page turner that I couldn't put down until finished. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martin Levine
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Tears is an inspirational read.
If Author Lynn Tolson can overcome so much trauma, then so can her readers. It takes courage to share a story like Lynn's. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bonnie Lemke
5.0 out of 5 stars A VICTIM NO MORE!
My first encounter with Lynn C Tolson was actually on Facebook. As I became involved in groups and pages about childhood sexual abuse, Lynn's name kept popping up everywhere. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Viga Boland, author No Tears for my Father
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond The Tears: A True Survivor's Story
Lynn's story, like so many survivors throughout the world, is one that is miraculous. That is in no way to minimize any other survivor's pain and journey - because for us, just to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by dtanthony
4.0 out of 5 stars Abuse, Rape & Incest is Real
Beyond The Tears is Lynn C. Tolson's true-life story of sexual abuse, domestic violence, incest, and rape all set to a scene of sitting in her counselor's office. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tremayne K Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A true must read.
This is truly a must-read for all survivors, friends and family of survivors, and anyone who knows a survivor. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Angelique Perrin
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Book was very interesting. would even read it again. Some slow spots, but for the most part great read. enjoyed
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
This is a definite MUST read!

It's very thought provoking. One of the best books I've read in quite awhile. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dawn Busch ~ KandiesForYou.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival in the face of horror
How many times have you heard, "S/he comes from a good family, I don't know what could have gone wrong" or "How could she allow herself to be treated like that? Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dragon Lady Ness-a
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I can relate to this author. I noticed how similar our stories are. This is an inspiring story of survival. Thank you for sharing.
Published 13 months ago by Blue Bonnet
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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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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
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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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