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Silent Tears: Inside the Soul of an Abused Child [Paperback]

Shikema Monique Clark
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Book Description

2011
Silent Tears is a riveting collage of poetry and journal entries that opens the windows to the soul of a child who grew up in a drug addicted family, while enduring several types of abuse. As she grows, the abuse begins to stem from inward and she begins to head down a self destructive path. However, she finds renewed faith in Christ and she begins to see the world through a positive lens.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Diamond in the Rough Publishing (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OU3K4E
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,248,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courageous October 10, 2011
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Silent Tears was a book I could not put down. You truly got a sense of the author's perspective and how her continued growth in the Lord got her through this emotional journey. I think it is an eye opener for the day and age we live in and hopefully this book will continue to bring awareness of a child's pain that may not necessarily be revealed on the outside. This testimony further confirms that our God is an awesome and the only God!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Silent Tears February 8, 2014
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Very good read, God bless this woman...I hope her book helps other victims realize it's not their fault! We all need to protect the children and believe them and help them....
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I don't know where to begin. This is one of the most powerful books I have read. The tears flowed steadily as I read the life that Ms. Clark lived as a young lady. It is amazing that she was able to take her very personal experiences and share them with the world. Your courage is nothing short of amazing. Thank you for sharing your incredible story. I will most definitely recommend your book to all, but mostly to those in the education/social work profession.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Resilience personified…. March 17, 2014
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This book should be a quick read based on it's volume but it takes awhile to digest because of the significant abuse and neglect. My favorite poem was "Calling All Fathers" as it speaks so eloquently for millions of fatherless children. Congratulations to the author for sharing her story which will undoubtably help many others. Viv M.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably honest and deeply touching! December 17, 2013
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Very moving. Would recommend it to everyone. A must read! Could not put it down. Relevant to anyone who has ever been a child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's must feel great to be liberated! October 11, 2013
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This was a quick read, and I really enjoyed it. So many of our sons and daughters, who are now adults, and have families of their own, have gone through the same or similar abuse, while just trying to live a normal life and grow up. In this book, she poors out her heart for help. It's heart wrenching because you can see these images in your mind and you want to jump in the story/poem, turn back time and change it! Hands up to this huge coming out. I know it was a difficult task, but you did it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational July 18, 2013
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As soon as I started to read this book I immediately knew that I would not be able to put it back down until the last page was read. By the end I understood how crucial it is for one to speak up for kids even when you have a minute feeling that something just isn't right. We must learn to follow our gut instinct. Shakima is not only a surviver but an amazing woman with an enormous amount of courage. I am confident that she will continue to write inspirational books that will encourage us to just do the right thing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Will Protect the Children of the Abused? July 14, 2013
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Shikema Monique Clark's "Silent Tears: Inside the Soul of an Abused Child" is a book of poetry. The author pours out her heart in these poems and I really felt her pain in each and every poem. How sad to feel like you have no one to come and rescue you from the hell that is your life. But the good part is Shikema made it and it's a testament to all others who have gone through abuses in life that with the help of God, you can and will make it.

I felt the pain but I also felt the deliverance of this author. All I can say is keep on going, Shikema. God is bringing you into a better place. You made it through and have used the abuse as a stepping stone to help someone else. What a touching book of poetry.

"Silent Tears: Inside the Soul of an Abused Child" is a quick read, well edited and very insightful.

Reviewed: Lisa M.
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Shikema Monique Clark (Shikema Monique Barksdale) (born on December 9, 1981), is an American author and poet. She has works of poetry and essays featured in several anthologies, such as The Colors of Life (2003) and In Other Words (2003). Shikema also has a poem featured on Linda Michelle Baron's World of Rhythm and Rhyme poetry website titled Pretty Black Child (2009). Shikema Monique Clark has works featured in The Molloy Literary Journal, Volumes I(2007) and II(2008), where she also worked as a student editor. In September 2011, Shikema Monique Clark published her first book titled, Silent Tears: Inside the Soul of an Abused Child.

Shikema grew up in Roosevelt, graduating Harry Daniels, Washington Rose and Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School. Graduating in 1999, Shikema attended Five Towns College, where she received a dual associates degree in business management and audio engineering. She later attended Molloy College where she received a dual bachelors degree in English and business management in 2008, a masters degree in childhood education in 2010 as well as a masters in special education in 2011. Shikema has been employed with the Roosevelt Union Free School District, working at Washington Rose Elementary since 2004, where she currently teaches special education. She also operates her own tutoring services and works in Placement Testing at Nassau Community College. Shikema also volunteers to work with the students of the Roosevelt P.U.S.H. Program, a program for at risk youth since 2011.

Shikema Monique Clark is also a member of the Speakers Bureau for the RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network), for which she speaks to encourage abuse survivors to seek help, speak out to end the cycle of abuse and to find healthy ways to heal their pain.

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