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To Soften the Blow Paperback – April 19, 2012
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About the Author
Lynnie Vessels has a master's degree in Secondary Education and has been teaching English in the public school system more than twenty years. She has taught over forty graduate education courses in the areas of communication and discipline, including Teacher Effectiveness Training, Self-esteem for Educators, Resolving Conflicts in Classrooms and Schools, Stress Management for Teachers, and Reaching Today's Students. She appeared as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and has traveled the country as a surprisingly candid motivational speaker. Visit www.lynnievessels.com for more information.
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It was a very in-depth and eye opening look at life inside an abusive home, where no one is safe and abuse comes from everyone. The family had become abusive to each other ,because of one person abusing them all , and the mother doing nothing to stop it .One night it all came to a head with disastrous results .
The story is told by the second to youngest daughter ,She tells mainly the story of herself trying to come to grips with the abuse and learning how to deal with all she has been through in life ,and how to come out on the other side ,a much more emotionally healthy person .
She also tells of the struggles of the remainder of her family and how each one copes with the effects ,
It was a very interesting book. At times, I felt it could have been a bit shorter , but by the end, I think the author felt as though she needed to purge all of this from inside her ,and writing the book was her way of doing that .
I hope she is now at peace and happy in every area of her life .
Lynnie allows the reader, through her detailed use of "word pictures", to participate in her innermost thoughts and feelings while dealing with issues most of us can only try to imagine. This book is acceptable for ages 14 and up and in some cases, younger. Lynnie's audience can relate to at least one aspect of her life through this journey. Whether it be an alcoholic parent, a mentally ill family member, a drug addicted spouse, physical or mental abuse, anger, neglect or trying to relate to people who are experiencing these issues, this book will "touch your heart". Lynnie proves there is help and healing for all if we just seek to find the answers. As a retired teacher, I reminisced about former students who could have benefited from my new awareness of ways they could have been reached. Reading this story made me wish I could have a "do over". To Soften the Blow should be in every "teacher resource center" in every school. A truly inspiring, uplifting and excellent read.
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