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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2013
On the outside, Alexa lived the life of a cheerful married woman whose entire life seemed poised for greatness. On the inside, she continued to hide the shadowy secret of a splintered world of torture that she endured for ten years at the hands of the man whose lies she believed.
When she first met Jim, she was nineteen years old. Immediately captured by his charming personality, Alexa began an ardent love affair with him. What originated as controlling emotional abuse developed into a traumatic depiction of physical and psychological violence, illustrating the intense complexities of love and fury, passion and brutality.
In this touching work of inspiration, Alexa reveals the entangled suffering and sadistic manipulation experienced by living with an abuser, and carries you with her through the shocking events that led to her escape from the chasm of fear and intimidation. Along the way, Alexa exposes the heartbreaking effects domestic violence played on her identity as she moved toward true healing and a life of personal fulfillment and success with a faithful trust in God.
Nellie DeeStone Lake, WIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Emotional Ride of Domestic ViolenceJanuary 5, 2016Nellie DeeStone Lake, WIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Although this book is well written and captures your attention immediately, it is not a light or fun read. It is an emotional experience well described in the summary. It does indeed pick you up and slam you into it from the very first chapter.
Since the subject of domestic violence hits very close to home with immediate family as well as extended family, there are so many emotions that came to the surface while reading this book. Expect to feel anger, fear, disbelief that someone could be so cruel, or that the abuser is so easily able to control their victims as well as some serious anxiety and frustration. Thankfully, the summary and title gave me a sense that there would be a bright future and ending. This is also an encouraging book in that Alexa found hope and comfort available to her even in the midst of the violence.
Unless one has personally experienced the mind games of abuse, there's no way to totally understand how a victim is caught. It definitely gave me hope and inspired me to pray harder for my loved ones to experience the same grace (salvation) of God and healing for their emotional scars. It's no secret that families feel helpless and cut off, unable to help personally or call authorities for help because the abuser always retaliates. In that sense, there is an appreciation for the helplessness of the victim(s) which includes the family members.
I hope and pray that this book will open eyes of young girls in order to be protected from getting into such a relationship. I hope that this book will be a valuable tool to bring encouragement, hope and healing to many victims. There is great relief, hope, amazement and joy in the liberation of each and every victim.
Thank you Alexa for the courage it took to revisit the pain and torture in order to write this book. Thank you to BookLook Bloggers and WestBow Press for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Jennifer M5 Stars Out Of 5Lifted From DarknessSeptember 23, 2015Jennifer MQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Lifted from Darkness is a true story. It's a memoir. I found I was reminding myself of that fact over and over, because I didn't want to forget. What read like a harrowing but gripping Hollywood blockbuster was in fact a very real woman's very real nightmare. It tells the story of how she met, married, and ultimately escaped from a drug-addicted, controlling, physically, sexually, and emotionally abusive man. She chronicles her experiences in painstaking detail, and takes the reader inside both the outward torment she endured at his hands, and the inward struggle as she fought to save herself.
Ms Foster tells a very important story here, albeit one that is incredibly difficult to read. First, she deftly and heartbreakingly answers the question, "Why?" Why would someone stay in an abusive marriage for so long? I think that there is a major lack of understanding in this area, and that because it's such an uncomfortable topic to discuss, we as a society tend to hide in our ignorance. But we need to understand it. We need to talk about it. What Alexa Foster does is share her immensely difficult and personal story in an effort to increase awareness about what it's like to live in that prison, and that's exactly what this book does. Second, and just as importantly, she gives the reader HOPE. Because through it all, she persevered, she fought, and she didn't give up. She came out stronger, and she did what she'd once believed was impossible: She built a healthy and successful life for herself.
Ultimately, this is a story of triumph, and it's one everyone should read.
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