The old adage says that, “You made your bed, you lie in it”. But at what point do you need to say, “It’s time to make myself a different bed.”?
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and being that the purpose of my blog is to connect people with one another, to help us start stripping off our masks and start to be honest, vulnerable and real, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight the story of a beautiful woman, whose strength, faith and courage helped her to overcome the odds stacked against her.
In Shari Howerton’s latest book,Through My Eyes: Overcoming the Emotional Injury of an Abusive Relationship, available on Amazon (a link to her book is here on the main page of my blog, and for the first five days of October, Kindle downloads are free), she shares her life with us, and beautifully describes what it’s like to unknowingly fall into an emotionally abusive relationship, how misunderstood different types of abuse can be, and how she found her own voice. Howerton does an amazing job of helping her readers understand that the abuser is not always a monster, and how she was able to see him as someone who was very broken, and whom she was ultimately able to forgive.
Shari’s wisdom,vulnerability and transparency are inspiring. For anyone who has never been in an abusive marriage or relationship, her book helps you to understand that “getting out” is not as easy as you might believe. And for those of you who have been there, her story will remind you that you are not alone.
Shari has been donating the majority of the proceeds of the sale of this book to the Women’s Resource Center in her hometown of Beckley, WV. The WRC is a support shelter for victims of domestic violence. This story needs to be told! For the first five days of October, Amazon Kindle downloads of Through My Eyes will be free!