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Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  12 reviews

Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story is a memoir by Lynn C. Tolson. The story begins with her suicide attempt at the age of twenty-five. In the aftermath, she commits to counseling to recover from anxiety and depression. The reader accompanies the author through therapy sessions, where the young woman reveals dysfunctional family relationships, including domestic viol

Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 2nd 2003 by Authorhouse
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Lori Lopez
Lori R. Lopez gives Lynn Tolson's "Beyond The Tears" five stars!

This is the story of triumph over a series of adversities, and learning to love life after wanting to die. Lynn Tolson has captured a time period and given us a glimpse of that era from her unique viewpoint. This behind-the-scenes perspective takes us through Sixties and Seventies American culture, while conveying the author's hardships and turmoil with wit and deep insights. Her narrative resounds with humorous and poetic depictio
Jennifer Ann Fox
This book is excellent the way it was designed, shared and realistic to what survivors of domestic violence and dysfunctional families, survivors of incest, molestation, rape, etc. all go through but shows you the many hurdles that it takes to get out of the cycle, reclaim your life. I think this book should be read by many people, not just survivors because 1 out of 4 women probably can relate to this book or know someone like this. PTSD is a big challenge and I commend Lyn Tolson for having th ...more
Captured me. Love her style and ability to tell such a story. Inspiring and hopeful.
Viga Boland
Nov 05, 2013 Viga Boland rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: victims of childhood sexual abuse, incest
BEYOND THE TEARS by Lynn C. Tolson

My first encounter with Lynn C Tolson was actually on Facebook. As I became involved in groups and pages about childhood sexual abuse, Lynn's name kept popping up everywhere. Who was this woman? My research revealed she was an author, herself once a victim of sexual abuse, and currently a social worker and speaker who gives a great deal of her time and self to helping other victims, both on and offline. I got the impression she was well-known and I felt dwarfed
Newbee (JoAnn) Brown
Very emotional book

I found this book very emotional, at times I could relate to her feelings. Very sad how this child was treated. It is also nice to know that there is always hope no matter how far things have gotten. Very well writen, and if you want to start to understand how people end up the way they do read this!
Andrea Rowley
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Tremayne Moore
Beyond The Tears is Lynn C. Tolson's true-life story of sexual abuse, domestic violence, incest, and rape all set to a scene of sitting in her counselor's office. It's very detailed and you can feel every emotion that Lynn feels as you turn the pages to this story. There were some areas that hit close to home for me and was able to identify to the story in multiple areas. As a result, there were a few times where I had to put this down to the closeness of it being to my life.

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I found myself liking this book and not liking this book at different times. The end result is that I thought the author was honest and brave to write her story, and especially as a victim of sexual abuse as so many women and girls are, to advocate healing and moving on with life after assault. I found parts of the therapy sessions to be a little odd, for a lack of a better word, but thought the relationship she formed with her therapists to be unique. Some of it was not believable, but for sake ...more
Judy B. Burford
Lynn C. Tolson is honest and open in sharing the life that lead her to want to take her own life. The reader can walk through her therapy, with her, thereby learning how to embrace life with a new outlook.
Chariss Walker
Mar 13, 2009 Chariss Walker added it
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After her first eighteen years in the Northeast, Lynn C. Tolson moved to the Southwest where she engaged in careers in real estate and property management. During those years, she survived (PTSD) post-traumatic stress disorder, which manifested in addictions and suicide attempts. Through the therapeutic process, she determined the causes of her dysfunction, which included childhood sexual abuse an ...more
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