In My Basement: From Secrets to Salvation
Trafford on Demand Pub, 2002 - 249 pages
In My Basement: from Secrets to Salvation is a book chronicling the life of a young black woman whose life began as the unwanted twin of an abusive mother. Abused physically, mentally and emotionally by those who nature indicates should nurture and protect her, she becomes pregnant at 14 as the result of a rape. Married at 15, she is a divorced mother of four by the tender age of 21. Her early life is a series of missteps and miscalculations. Ravaged by poverty and mental illness she meets her spiritual guide and protector on the stairs to the basement of her parents' home.
With the strength and insight provided periodically through her life by her new found guardian, she gains confidence, knowledge and wisdom in the way of spiritual giving and reward.
From this tortured childhood and young adulthood, she achieves success not expected by those who knew her from the beginning. With four young children in tow, she pulls herself with their assistance and incredible resilience to a college degree, law school degree and national recognition as an advocate and rescuer of the homeless.
This is the story of a woman who is not afraid to say that the world belongs to those who take control of their own future and create their own opportunities. A victim of incredible abuse, this woman is not willing to accept the label and lifestyle of a victim. Victims will remain victims as long as they define themselves that way. This book takes that excuse away from those who would use their life experiences to give their lives over to others. This author knows from experience that victimization is a path to misery, helplessness and poverty in the physical, emotional and spiritual sense. Shehas discovered through the difficult journey on which she takes you that the power of forgiveness, most importantly the forgiveness of self, is the key to success and our only chance at happiness.
Whether you agree with her beliefs, her methods or even question the validity of her conclusions, this is a woman whose life had been an epic journey and whose powerful personality is not to be forgotten. In My Basement will touch your heart, shock your spirit and console your soul.
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