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Reaching Paperback – May 13, 2013
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About the Author
Grace Peterson divides her time between working as an administrative assistant, writing and gardening. She is a member of The Association of Writing Excellence and The National Association of Memoir Writers and has published essays in several anthologies. She authors two blogs and writes a newspaper garden column. She is the proud mother of four grown children, four friendly felines, and has been married to her best friend since 1980. Her second book is in publication. Please visit her blog at gracepete.com.
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Ardyth L. Duhatschek-Krause, MSW, Ph.D.
Retired Professor so Social Work
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After the birth of another child, she goes deeper into the misery, and becomes part of a religious cult. The journey is full of twists and turns, of being stuck on the wrong side of the river, and trying with all her intelligence to make it seem right. Reaching shows how easy it is for a damaged person, or one who is in a weakened state of depression or illness, to be brainwashed and persuaded to hand over power to another person or group. She is given the promise of “healing” by a self-appointed pastor, supposedly of the Christian faith. For years she follows his dictates, to the point of being held under water in the river. This is followed by a slow dawning that she is not being helped by this man; instead, her own identity begins to re-emerge, and with it a sense of self-worth. She is able to get back on the boat and return to her life, as a wife and mother, and lover of gardens. Her diagnosis in the end makes perfect sense, but you’ll have the read the book for that!
This book should be read by anyone who is following a “faith-healer” or senses indoctrination in a guise of grief or other counseling into any form of religious fundamentalism. It is a cautionary tale.
As I read Grace Peterson’s book Reaching, a memoir, several words immediately came to mind: courage and strength_ to tell the world.
So many who have been abused have a difficult time going it alone, some never come away being whole again, dig deeper into the abyss and never fully cope. There are those who remain too ashamed to say, while others fortunately recognize the need to seek counsel and guidance. The journal Grace kept and the steady factor of her loving husband were truly blessings, and her strength and will were indeed a saving grace as finally Brock couldn’t take her beyond reality. At her core she always had a sense of right or wrong direction.
Beautifully written prose had me rereading certain passages as she painted a picture: “… Stoned or sober, life is a trek through a pitch black room, stumbling over injustices, maneuvering blindly around bullies and blunders, dusting off the pain, licking the wounds, picking the scabs, remembering where the trouble spots are… “.
Those going through difficult times might learn from Grace’s experience and ultimately seek professional guidance to help work through those wounds. It takes time to heal the pain and suffering, and no one can tell you what, when or how to do that, and only you know the time to make a change.
I should admit that at the outset, I didn't think the subject of the book would be interesting for me.
I was raised by good parents, had a wonderful relationship with them and my sister, had a happy childhood and
never was involved in any alternative group or sect.
Well, I got hooked on Grace's story from the very beginning.
It is one of the most interesting books that I've read recently.
The most valuable portion for me was the story of her relationship with her mother.
It made me look at my own life, my motherhood and my relationship with my own boys.
I looked at them through her eyes, the eyes of the child, and I learned some things that will help make my ties with my boys even stronger.
I admire Grace's bravery and willingness to share her life with other people and
I will be one of the first readers to buy her next book.