The poetry is fantastic
Michael Joseph on February 12, 2014
Marie wrote about a topic that is so hard to write about. As a fellow poet and survivor of much trauma and abuse I can say her poems are awesome. I love every one. But better yet I love the courage that Marie has to actually publish this book. I too have poems in a book published. I would tell many people survivors or not to read her book.
A good collection of poetry and a great person who wrote them. How can you go wrong?
Diana, an educator and a caregiver, February 9, 2006
Writing the unutterable
Writing the unutterable pain, fear and sorrow this pen draws you into the senses of the survivor. For those who wish to consider this perspective for the sake of love done or friend who has experienced the same but cannot yet yield it this is a great place to start. Once you finish, share it with people around you. Exposure to these pleas and contemplation's will surely invite the reader or discussion group to use the resources in the back of the book to speak and act definitively against perpetrators and for survivors.
MyJourney Now, a clinician, February 8, 2006,
Clergy, Congressman, Best friend in your book club
Pass this book to your clergy, teacher, coach, congressman, beautician and your best friend in your book club. This new collection of poetry from a first-time author sheds light, feeling and hope on a subject not clearly understood by many. Writing from her heart, and letting her thoughts, feelings and self fill the page, she is no longer prisoner to experiences that she must censor and edit so greatly that you cannot see MARIE. Marie is real. Her anguish, grief and fear related to these assault experiences is clear. This introduces questions: Will you let her pleas go unanswered? Or perhaps will you accept her invitation to listen differently, respond and act to the benefit of sexual assault victims in your life and community? Marie provides the resources for survivors and their loved ones everywhere to act decisively against sex offenders. She wants to know if you will come with.
Elizabeth (firstname.lastname@example.org), A reviewer, February 6, 2006,
A must read for everyone!
My heart broke with yours as I read your poetry and the words brought to life the terror, heartache, and pain you not only endured, but also survived. And even amidst all of that pain, there was also a message of hope and healing. Marie has accomplished what most writers aspire to do...expressing deep emotions through words. I recommend the book highly not only for survivors, but also non-survivors as well.
Wonderful Poetry Kimberly Alabama (4/22/2005)
I loved her book and shared it with my mother who was amazed and read every page as well. I wish the author great success and hope that others are as equally impressed with it.
A compelling journey through the soul of a Survivor Jaeda DeWalt - JAEDE Publications Washington/USA (3/27/2005)
Through poetry, Marie Waldrep, gives us a tender and compelling look at the life of an adult survivor. Through her words we are able to experience the wounded child that lingers within the woman. To get sense of that little girl still waiting to be nurtured, loved, validated and accepted. She does not offer the book to us as a seasoned writer but rather as a survivor, in earnest - with the love and light that is her strong spirit. This book lends an uncensored look at the painful healing process. The intent of this book comes through loud and clear. She is turning her pain into something productive and powerful. By offering her experience as a way to; help heal other survivors, to give them a voice and raise awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse. The writing reflects spiritual undercurrents and a strong relationship with the Lord. Her poetry ebbs and weaves from woman to child - from darkness to light. This book ends with the author offering her own thoughts on abuse, healing and recovery. Following her thoughts she offers some resources for victims and survivors. The book closes on a hopeful and encouraging note.
Excellent Samantha Illinois (3/23/2005)
"It is rare that one who has never been victimized can understand what victims suffer through. Marie Waldrep's poetry clearly expresses the deep pain and suffering that every victim of any form of abuse or violence suffers. Through her writings, we are able to see into the depth of her soul. We see the anguish she has suffered and the hope she holds dear. She is to be commended for baring her soul to help others in this way." -Samantha Nelson, The Hope of Survivors
A Voice That Has Spoken From Within Cassie Texas/USA (3/22/2005)
This book was both heartbreaking and healing. The poems were honest; and Marie expressed her thoughts on her own healing journey with grace and eloquence. It is inspiring to see the changes in her poetry as she progresses from"victim" to "survivor". This was an excellent book, and I would recommend it to any survivor or friends of survivors.