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Nothing but Respect: A True Victim to Victory Story Paperback – April 9, 2012
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From the Author
While I'd never envisioned myself becoming an Author, I had a story to tell and I knew I was the only one who could tell it completely, accurately, and emotionally while still conveying the messages I'd hoped people would learn from my story. Among those messages:
- We are not to blame for the actions of others against us. No matter what we think we may have done to encourage those actions, if we were too young to know better or the word "no" was said and we were unable to escape safely, we are VICTIMS. We must stop blaming ourselves for the illegal, immoral, or irresponsible acts of others.
- If we cannot respect ourselves, how can we expect others to show us respect?
- If God, Source, The Creator, or whatever else you may call It, can forgive our sins, why do we find it so hard to forgive ourselves? Do we believe we are a better judge of character?
- You are not defined by your past. You are defined by who you decide to be from this moment on.
- It is only through forgiveness that we can be free to find our passion.
- Each person on this earth has their own path to walk. It is not for us to judge another for we have no idea of the challenges they face.
- Depression is not a sign of weakness nor is it a character flaw. We must work to remove the stigma of Depression so that those needing help may seek it without fear. We must be aware of those around us and offer a hand to pull them into the light when they seem to be slipping into darkness.
- Suicide is preventable! First, reread the last two bullet points. This is where we start. We must encourage individuals to be who they are and not fear revealing themselves because they may be bullied, cast out, or treated poorly because of who they are.
- Fibromyalgia is a very real Central Nervous System disorder that is still misunderstood by many Doctors. We must raise awareness and help those who suffer every day get the care they so desperately need.
- NO patient: Fibromyalgia, Depression, or otherwise should be put through any of the horrors I faced both before and after my diagnosis was made.
- Every experience we have in our lives either teaches us a lesson, brings us closer to our true purpose, or helps another along their path. We must be able to look back and see how each experience has served us.
- It is in finding our true self - the person we were meant to be rather than the person we were told to be - that we find our true strength.
- We CAN change our lives for the better no matter what adversity we face. This begins with self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, and the knowledge that all things are possible with the right attitude.
- The more grateful we are for what we have, the more we will have to be grateful for.
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Julie-Anne writes in a clean, crisp style and her narrative flow is right on--and so is her pace and timing. She has lived through a great deal and has triumphed over much adversity. I recommend this very highly!
As she starts to take us on the journey of her early childhood and teen years, they seem pretty normal to me. I found myself really enjoying reading about her adventures in school, sports, and the typical things we all go through as children and teens. Her story was talking me on a trip down memory lane which came to sudden stop as I read about how her innocence was stolen from her at the tender age of 17 when she was raped. As I read about how she thought it was her fault, I wished I could reach through the pages of the book and tell her, it was not her fault.
I have to say throughout the book, Julie Anne shows such courage and a willingness to be honest about every thing she has experienced in her life, no matter if it was good, bad, or ugly. She really hides nothing from the reader and doesn't gloss over anything and her decision to share such personal details about her life is done for the sake of helping others and I applaud that she chose to do that for the sake of the book.
Many things she shares in the book are very personal and are about real life experiences that happened to her and she shares them with the reader to show us the lack of respect she had for herself with the hopes that the reader who may be going through similar things in her life will learn from it.
Without giving too much of the book away, I will say that Julie takes on her journey of depression, chronic illness, and her suicide attempt. She shares not only the highlights of her life, but also is very real is sharing her very dark days as well. She shares her stories of love and of loss and is very open about everything in her life.
Her book really shows the reader that no matter what you go through in life and no matter how bad it gets, you can change you life and you can find your way back from even the darkest days. It takes courage and willingness, but it can be done. We all have obstacles in our life and though some of have bigger obstacles to get around and things we can't control, we all have the power to change our lives if we choose to do so.
Her book really shows us that God loves broken people and he can take the events in our lives and teach us lessons along the way, and he has the power to take even the most difficult things that happen to us and use them to help us create and even better life then we could have imagined for ourselves. If he can do that for Julie, then he can do that for you to.
by Winsome Campbell-Green (Author of Ten Life Changing Lessons)