Who is on the plum tree?
Powerful, inspiring book! “…what others meant for harm, God has used for good…”
When I was asked by Dr. Niamh Clune to write a childhood story for this inspiring book, I wrote a happy memory about one of my brother’s birthdays when we were children back in Ohio. Other writers that I know from various Social Media sites were also presenting their stories. I know these on-line friends as well-adjusted, productive adults, so never dreamed any of them had severely abusive childhoods and that their right to innocence was stolen by their “disturbed” parents or other family members.
It broke my heart to read these stories. It was bittersweet reading:
“Bitter” reading because of the physical and mental pain so many endured. Oh, it’s shameful, the suffering and pain these innocents endured…at a time in their lives when children are meant to be honored, nurtured and loved, a time that is meant to teach them to be caring, loving adults.
“Sweet” reading because these writers thrived to became “whole” and productive over time… “Sweet” also because by sharing their stories in this book they are inspiring other people who have been or are still being abused. Another thing that’s really sweet about this book is that all proceeds go to Child Helpline International.
Of the twenty-eight stories in this book, a few writers had happy childhoods, like mine, and that helped break the tension. I’d like to thank these writers for boldly telling their stories to help others (in order as listed in author section of book): Janet Young Beasley, Pandora Poikilos, LauraLMercurio, Katie Cullen, Harry Leslie Smith, J. B. Johnstone, Vickie Adair, Yousha Matin, Niamh Clune, C.C. Cole, Karen S. Elliott, Reagan McGuire, Tammy Lang, Lily O’Brien, Melanie Saxton, Lorane Leavy, Bonnie Trachtenberg, Andrew Scott, Georgia Saunders, Dee Krull, Darlene Foster, DeAnn Townes DiAnne Ebejer, Doug Johnson, Shirani Rajapakse.
I was painfully moved by the sadder stories, like Niamh Clune’s and Tammy Lang’s, but all of them touched a tender spot, deep down inside. I treasure this book and am honored to be part of it.
I’d like to close with a quote from author Tammy Lang: “My abusive past may have been my beginning, but it won’t be my end and what others meant for harm, God has used for good…”
This if the first offering by Dr. Niamh Clune and her colleagues at Plum Tree Books and it’s a powerful start. The true-life stories are strategically placed and the reading easy. I highly recommend this book to children and adults, even though it made me tear up in places and smile in others.
With all proceeds going to Child Helpline International, how can “Every Child is Entitled to Innocence” miss?
Endnote: As I wrote this I just learned that “Every Child is Entitled to Innocence” has placed in #1 spot on Amazon Kindle “Dysfunctional Families.” Congratualations to Niamh Clune and all affiliated with Plum Tree Books. I am not surprised…