- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475221703
- ISBN-13: 978-1475221701
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,647,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Towards Understanding Paperback – May 21, 2012
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About the Author
Lillian Brummet has been professionally involved in the realm of writing since 1999. She began writing poetry as a teenager, which allowed her to express the issues and emotions from a broken, abusive home, and being on her own at 13-years old. Through poetry she learned how to see beyond these hurts and discover a world outside of herself, where she learned that her life really did have value and she had a purpose to fulfill. Lillian’s award-winning poetry has appeared in five hardcover anthology books and continues to appear in magazines and newsletters across the globe. She has had the honor of attaining Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry - not once, but twice. Her published books include the two-part series titled: Trash Talk (Book 1 & 2), and a guide for authors titled: Purple Snowflake Marketing. She is also the host of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show, and manages the Brummet’s Conscious Blog. Lillian is passionate about poetry and continues to write in this genre between marketing her books and working on new manuscripts for future books. In those few stolen moments when she is not in the office she can be found spending time with her husband gardening, indulging in nature, camping and walking the many trails in British Columbia’s (Canada) wilderness.
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In her book, Towards Understanding, of approximately130 short, very terse poems, Lillian Brummet courageously reveals more about her deepest feelings and intimate emotions than most people ever truly discover about themselves. Drawing from the tragic years of her abusive, deprived childhood, and following the course of what could have led to a wasted life in adulthood, Brummet chronicles in her poems the desperation and despondency she suffered while growing up.
Every young person goes through a phase in their life where they question their worth: Am I pretty, Am I smart, Do I matter, but Brummet was so wounded by circumstances and abuse that she was trapped for years in a state of painful self-doubt and, perhaps self-loathing. All of her repressed anguish and heartbreak is poured out in these verses for the world to examine. This takes extreme courage and is as much a testament to this woman's strength and character as are the eventual personal and professional triumphs she has achieved.
Towards Understanding is one woman's journey toward self-realization. It is a tortuous journey and one that has its share of pitfalls and obstacles even for the reader as the poems, published in chronological order, often express an emotion more indicative of a singular experience the author was going through at that point in time than a prevailing condition having more universal appeal. There is a lesson to be learned here though for anyone. Mainly, I think, the author's intent is to reveal how dire conditions can adversely affect a person's entire life. And yet, against such enormous odds, Lillian Brummet does save herself, and in so doing gives hope to everyone suffering as did she.
Towards Understanding does not provide a salve for bruised egos or a band-aid for small scrapes and scratches that are a normal part of everyday life. What it does provide is a cathartic treatment for despair due to abuse, neglect, and depravation. Lillian Brummet's Towards Understanding is a poignant cry for attention as this young girl struggles for her place in a world that seems determined to ignore her, as much as her plight, in which tragically, she is not alone. It is for those others, lost in despair traveling, perhaps, down that same dangerous road to self-destruction, that I recommend this book. Through her poetry Brummet proudly declares: There is Hope! There is a reason to trust and to believe in Love. There is a brighter future than the dark days of the past and the gloom shadowing the present might portend. The world can be a beautiful, luminous place with unlimited opportunity when one is brave enough and determined enough to discover what leads to real happiness and true joy.
"I am willing to risk a stake and feel the victory of a survivor." With these words from a line in her poem, I Will Prevail, Lillian proclaims her personal victory over the darkness of her youth, and steps out into the light. Towards Understanding illuminates the path to personal salvation that Lillian Brummet blazed for herself, and now, through the passionate intimacy of her poetry, she invites others to follow.
Review by R. deVoll Fisher, author of Caleb's Branch: An Incomplete Tale Of Unfinished Lives for Cheers Magazine
Let me begin by saying that Lillian Brummet yanked on the very stings of my heart. In her book Towards Understanding, every poem, every verse, every word that she penned was a representation of periods in my life. For I have lived and felt the very words she has written and I am fifty - four years of age. I am speculating that she is in her early thirties and to have journeyed life's paths and endured such raw, heart wrenching experiences so early in life would make the strongest tremble. Through her poetry, the words reach out to the reader who can find solace and peace knowing that they are not a lone. With each poem there is a marking of years which in turn shows growth, not only as a poetess, but as a young woman. As she pours out her life on paper, she is fighting her inner demons, learning to love herself, getting to know her true inner self, and through all the trials and tribulations finds freedom. Her poems brought me to tears as I sobbed remembering my years, that have so swiftly past, the good, the bad and sometimes ugly. As I read her book, there was this definite connection. One can tell by reading her poems that she has developed into an independent and strong woman and is the ideal role model for young women and men. Her poems are filled with truth and honesty and she has bared her life to us, the reader. Lillian writes with words as an artist paints with colour, the raw emotions of love, hate, abuse, anger, friendship and learning to deal with theses emotion has made her the woman she is today. She has a voice that her readers will surely find comfort in. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every poem I read and I strongly recommend her book of poetry.