The Trouble with Truth: A Memoir Kindle Edition
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About the Author
After Jean C. Jenson’s counseling changed her life, Elizabeth “Beth” Kelly Stephenson spent fifteen years as executive director of The Crisis Hotline in Ketchum, Idaho, (the beautiful Wood River Valley) helping others with stories similar to her own.
Born in Santa Monica, California, and raised in Burbank (beautiful downtown!) Beth moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, to marry her ski instructor after a whirlwind courtship. The marriage (predictably) didn't pan out but she stayed on, working as an editor, magazine advertising sales rep, and paralegal before becoming executive director of the Crisis Hotline. The (Trouble with Truth) is her debut memoir and she is now hard at work on a novel, (Liz Bits). Beth lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, three entitled cats, two poodles, and two honorary poodles in a house with a big front porch.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00J5QXBDI
- Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (March 20, 2014)
- Publication date : March 20, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2065 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 375 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,741 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Dear author, you told my life in your words, thothe names, places and religion were changed.
After many years of sub-substantive therapy, I felt like I deserved someone to love and cherish me, rather than someone who "needed" me...but I never understood WHY my previous relationships had always been so drama-filled. Kudos to the author for sharing her poignantly pain filled journey in such a manner that we can find ourselves, sharing the excruciatingly painful, yet life-changing liberation of leaving the old feelings behind. We will never please them, there aren't "do-overs", and mentally ill people are just that. It's impossible to have a healthy relationship with them, but we can and should understand that it's not about them anymore. Present relationships are just that, and we get to choose what WE want now. Forget seeking their approval, move on to live with JOY (the verb) and self acceptance. That's the epiphany which brought me to my knees in tears while reading this book. G-D bless your life with peace and love in abundance Ms. Stephenson.
Not all memoirs are as humble and clear as this one is. Many stories like these are about the male as a mean, narcissistic, woman-hating animal. They wallow in "poor me-pity me". I defy you to find that attitude here. Will you hate some of the people here? Certainly, they deserve it. Will you be amazed at how clearly this author allows you to see her in the spotlight? I guarantee it!
Deliciously, the joy, the pain, and the success in this true tale is Beth's ability to take responsibility for HERSELF and HER decisions even when you may think she really is a victim at certain junctures. It is a breath of fresh air to read this subject matter from her strong, forthright prospective. She begs no forgiveness and pulls zero punches!
Our heroin is a remarkable person, a survivor and so likable. My comments about her book, I fear, will appear as if I have known her all of my life (I have not of course,) and that my review is a review of Beth's life and person and not of her published work. I ask you to bear with me because this is how moving and brilliant her telling of her life is and where I landed having had the benefit of reading her memoir.
I learned a lot. Beth begs you to take her as an example and take stock of your view of the world you create for yourself. I cried a lot. Beth takes so long and so many missteps to get what she needs and deserves. She works so hard toward happiness it hurts. I swore under my breath a lot actually voicing aloud "no, no Beth, stop!" You live this book. I believe that Beth expects and understands that frustration should be correctly directed at her behavior and I believe she would say - I know! That is what you got from me (or them) then - LEARN from it! Her attitude in story telling is a lot of what makes this book a good one.
This is an intensely personal work. I believe its honesty puts it into a level of its own in the non-fiction category even though you know you are taking up a memoir. It is a worthy work. I closed the cover on the last page with a smile and hugged it to my chest. I adore Beth and whole heatedly ask you to experience the path of a very smart, loving woman who also happens to be a savvy, excellent writer.
As Ms. Stephenson's first published book, she has accomplished all this by sharing very personal details of her life in an engaging writing style. Digging deep into your soul to learn the truth of your life is a couragous voyage, and then sharing what you've found with the rest of the world takes guts! Great book! A must read!
One negative reviewer criticized this book for having too much description and metaphor. The narrative is not spare, but if as a reader you lean toward the lush, you'll enjoy the journey.