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Miss America by Day: Lessons Learned from Ultimate Betrayals and Unconditional Love Paperback – January 1, 2003
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..written with emotional power - whether you're a survivor or a parent... -- Rocky Mountain News, June 2, 2003
This book had such a profound impact on me, I flew from Charleston, SC to Denver, to thank Marilyn personally. -- Cindy Tew - Charleston, SC
This is the most important book I have read on healing, conquering shame and the question of forgiveness. -- Shelli Hill Snyder - Davie, FL --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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We hear of the "hero journey" that people undergo. Marilyn's life experience with such a horrendous horror that can afflict a human being is a heroine's journey - a victory of the human spirit over the worst of circumstances.
We often hear of a tragic incident in a person's life that is difficult to overcome, but to emerge from such a prolonged period of suffering during a child's most critical developmental years, suffering undergone within what was reputed to be our culture's definition of a "good family," has resulted in one of the most important autobiographies of our time.
Marilyn's triumph over her life circumstances speaks not only to the possibility of healing from incest, but reading this book outlines spiritual and psychological strategies for the deepest pain any reader may be suffering. I have given this book as a gift, sometimes to people who were fortunate enough to have not been violated by incest, and it helped them overcome other abuses in their lives which were festering for years.
Marilyn's courage and belief in herself "no matter what," her trust in her instincts, however much those instincts were interfered with in her developmental years, extend to the reader as does her courage, self-esteem and dignity. One can feel that her heart's intention in writing this book is to give the strength and courage to others that she somehow managed to summon from within herself. That sense of heart and reinforcement are among the gifts this book gives. Through her wisdom of experience, one finds an ally, a friend to help them traverse the flood waters of the worst, most terrifying of human experiences.Read more ›
She also covers all-important tips on how people can protect their own children from sexual predators. This book should be required reading for every parent, teacher, judge, clergyman, and incest survivor.
Marilyn Van Derbur, a native of Colorado, is one of four daughters of a prominent Denver businessman (he is deceased). Her father was on numerous boards and committees, was honored with buildings named for him, and was president of "all the college fraternities in America." Both parents were active volunteers, donating time and money to culture and civic organizations. Marilyn's mother would often state that she had the "perfect marriage" and Marilyn was told that she was "blessed by being born into a perfect family." Marilyn's life appeared to be perfect, as depicted by the smiles in the pictures she shares throughout the book. Marilyn was crowned Miss America while she was attending the University of Colorado in 1958. When she graduated (with honors) Marilyn was a guest host on Candid Camera and a panelist on To Tell the Truth, as well as in commercials. She also waved to the public while in the Cotton Bowl and Thanksgiving Parades. She chose motivational speaking as her career, and was named the "Outstanding Woman Speaker in America" and was inducted to the "Colorado Woman's Hall of Fame." Indeed, anyone reading her story might experience a twinge of envy for all the fame and fortune that seemed to come to her so easily and effortlessly.
Except...Marilyn suffered from physical symptoms including insomnia, tics, ulcers, and panic attacks. When her body and mind rebelled against the constant travel, she experienced full body paralysis, yet doctors found no organic cause. What else might Marilyn be rebelling against? She had to search her mind and spirit to find the answers.Read more ›
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This book was such a good one. We had to read it for my psychology class, but I am glad that I did read it. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Kristen
This is a book about hope. Child abuse must stop and the author gives concrete suggestions about how this can happen. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary
This is one of the best books on childhood sexual abuse I have ever read. I thought the book would just be the story of the recovery of Marilyn Van Derbur from her abuse, but I was... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kay Wagner
Bought this for a college class. It's a sad, gripping story, but an eye-opener.Published 7 months ago by Stephen H.
I was so entranced reading this book that I could not put it down until about the last 100 pages. The last part of the book was suggestions for treatment and dealing with... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer