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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 .
The book focuses on her struggle with anger management and conflict resolution. A high school principal confronts her with the right words at the right time. Lynnie begins to channel her thoughts and energies in a positive direction. That is not the end of the book. There is no quick fix. She struggles for over twenty years to understand and improve her relationships with friends and family.
Lynnie bares her soul describing the long road she took to understand what happened to her the night that her father shot her mother and how it effects her in the present.
I attended the same high school as Lynnie. I did not know her but I knew who she was because she was a popular student. I am happy to know more about her thanks to this book. She made the uniforms for the entire cheerleading squad! That is just one of the many wonderful things about Lynnie that she shares in the book. I hope that many other Stuart High School Spartans will read the book.
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