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4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
One courageous woman shatters the chains of abuse that bound her family for generations and dares to brave the crippling memories of sexual abuse; shatter the illusions of denial; reveal her family s bitter legacy of violence; reach for healing and wholeness, and take her place on a path to forgiveness and peace. Replacing shame with hope, fear with truth, and shadows with ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Souper Publishing (first published 2008)
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Eva Leger
Mar 21, 2009 Eva Leger rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who read abuse memoirs & open minded people,
Recommended to Eva by: Love
Wow- I'm still a little in shock here. I'm always a little anxious when I read a book by an author I don't know. Especially an author I meet on-line, on a site like this, etc. Let's just say I was anxious for no reason with this one.
While reading it questions kept popping into my head, stuff I just knew I was going to have to ask Mrs. Williamson, to pick her brain a little. Then the question would be answered within a page or two. I think that happens a half a dozen times. It was so nice not to
Mar 17, 2009 Love rated it it was amazing
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Sassy Lou
Dec 13, 2009 Sassy Lou rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was so good. It had me crying, and wanting to punch someone at the same time. It was good. I have never had to deal with sexual abuse, or really any kind of abuse, but I have had my own trials. This taught me that I'm not the only one going through hard times, and it also taught me to be grateful for the family and friends that I have. I really, really enjoyed reading this book. It had a great message of courage.
Georgiann Hennelly
May 02, 2010 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
Stand is a very emotional read. This is the story of Debbie Williamsons life as a sexually abused nine year old and her final resolution with her uncle who was her abuser. The book tells not just of her early experiences but also of the abuse her mother suffered from her stepfather. Both of them were threatened by their abusers that if they told, something bad would happen.It is amazing that they both found their way out of the hell their lives had become.
Mar 26, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it
A very straight-forward, touching story. The author did not dress up the writing to elicit pity or make any characters more likable/palatable. Sometimes it felt like the writing was too plain, but I appreciate it because sometimes that is how it comes out when someone is healing.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Debbie Williamson
Oct 30, 2008 Debbie Williamson added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my book!
May 04, 2010 lisa rated it it was amazing
let me first start by getting this out of the way – i was sexually abused when i was 3 or 4 years old. it impacted me deeply and though i consider myself lucky to have come out relatively unscathed, it is a truth of my past. this book is a look at the shame and struggles that are experienced following sexual abuse.

i read this in one sitting, with the book in one hand and a box of tissues in the other. Stand was raw and powerful and gut wrenching, but it was an absolutely amazing experience that
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May 16, 2010 Bookventures Book Club rated it really liked it
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Yin Chien 인첸
Oct 24, 2010 Yin Chien 인첸 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book. But the first chapter already made me so sad and angry of what was happening to a nine-year-old Debbie. Her uncle raped her. And she was helpless, afraid and unable to do anything. If possible, I would jump into the book, slap her uncle, command him to stop his sinful act and save Debbie from the suffering, pain and hurt which accompanied her for a very long time. I was even heartbroken when I learned about Debbie's mother, who was a ...more
Ms. Reader
Aug 20, 2014 Ms. Reader rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I received this book off of Goodreads First Reads, and was very excited to start reading it since it appeared to be a very intriguing, interesting read. When I started, I literally couldn't drag myself away from it's pages. I read the first 12 chapters in one sitting (literally!) and finished the book within the next several hours. Yes, it was THAT good. It's heartbreaking. It's gruesome and gut-wrenching and brutal. The author does not shy away AT ALL from revealing any explicit details about t ...more
May 04, 2010 Sandra rated it really liked it
I won this book through Goodreads. It is signed by the author, & I love that. This isn't a book that I would normally have chosen for myself, so I am grateful to have won it. I enjoyed it a great deal. The author's story was not one I could relate to for the most part. Her description of her mother's childhood & her own were detailed, but not overly graphic. They were so well written, empathy came naturally.
I teach young children, & I related to & found much of the childhood expe
Feb 14, 2010 Kayleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is so great and powerful that I would like to share the first page with everyone.

Stolen Innocence

Courage takes many forms. There is physical courage, there is moral courage. Then there is still a higher courage-the courage to brave pain, to live with it, to never let others know of it, and to still find joy in life; to wake up in the morning with an enthusiasm for the day ahead.
- Howard Cosell.

My sister, my cousin and I spent a hot summer day in the pool and were spending the nigh
Apr 17, 2010 Mona rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Victims of abuse and their dear ones
This is a very raw, harrowing, and personal memoir made even more so by the inclusion of family photos. Ms. Williamson writes in a very readable,conversational style. I felt as if she was confiding in me.

If there is any drawback, it's the excessive emphasis on the spiritual. I found my mind wandering during those parts. I had the same issue when I read Alice Sebold's THE LOVELY BONES.I did like the parts where she mentions her journal and talking to God.

I always like it when authors use quotatio
Apr 14, 2010 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, memoirs-bio
Stand by Debbie Williamson is a sensitive and detailed telling of her life as a sexually abused 9 year old to her final resolution with her abuser, her uncle. This book portrays and hurt and anger and self hatred that resulted from her horrible experience. The book tells not just of her early experience but of her mother’s abuse from her step father Debbie was sexually abused by her uncle. Both them were threatened by their abusers that if they told. It is amazing that with their experiences tha ...more
Nov 30, 2009 Kerry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-reads, biography
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Mar 02, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. I was hesistant to read this book, and for good reason -- this is very tough subject matter. The author is incredibly brave for sharing her story. I especially admired her strength in forgiving those who perpetuated the cycle of abuse that affected her life. At the same time, she does not shy away from accepting responsibility from what occurred within her own household (as an adult), and it is admirable that she has rebuilt her relationship wit ...more
May 04, 2010 Tammie rated it liked it
6/1...Finished this book in one day..........and while I can feel the pain of the author coming thru the written word, I can't say I enjoyed the book. The time line was very jumpy and I constantly had to flip back thru the book to be sure I knew who I was reading about and when. Too many people and not enough information to build an understanding of the role they played in the authors life. summer beach book bag is going to be well stocked before Memorial Day even arrives. I will post m
Nov 30, 2009 Penny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-shelf
I work in law enforcement and, as such, witness the results of violence, abuse and neglect. I can testify that there are not many happy endings, most are mediocre at best. I mention that not to discourage others in this type of situation but rather to recognize the strength that it must have taken for Williamson to fight to change her circumstances. I feel privileged to have been able to share her story and for that I thank her. As opposed to some other books I've read, Williamson does not take ...more
Tobyann Aparisi
Apr 09, 2010 Tobyann Aparisi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all of those who need hope
Recommended to Tobyann by: Debbie the author and beautiful angel
I got this book from the first reads, I signed up for it because it kind of sounded like my life and something I might need to help me understand my own decisions in my life. I absolutely loved this book! I could not put it down. It has so many truths and such heart and soul. It was uplifting and reminded me not to give up on my dreams. Anyone who has been through an abusive life should read this book, should hear this story and the story of the family members before. Then rejoice when you too c ...more
Amanda Yanez
Mar 04, 2010 Amanda Yanez rated it really liked it
I won this through the GoodReads First Reads program...and absolutely loved it! I have spent several years working in social services with children who were victims of all types of abuse. So many people do not understand that parents who are abusers were often victims themselves. This book is one of the most realistic portrayals of the cycle of abuse that I have ever read!

I also want to commend the author for not only being brave enough to stop the cycle of abuse to protect her children, but als
May 13, 2010 Simmonsmry rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised to have this book arrive in the mail after winning the GoodReads giveaway. It is an intense memoir about the cycle of abuse in the author's family. Not shying away from the horrific incidents of sexual abuse that were perpetrated against both her and her mother when they were children, Debbie Williamson describes how she was haunted by these events and pshychologically traumatized. She conveys that her own healing was integral to helping her own children and grandchild ...more
Lynn Dove
Apr 30, 2010 Lynn Dove rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was one of the winners of Stand in a goodreads giveaway.
Debbie Williamson writes a gut-wrenching memoir of a family drastically affected by a lifetime of abuse. A difficult book to read in some ways not only because it is graphic in nature, but also a little disjointed in parts, it is still a powerful book in its message. I can't say I enjoyed the book but I don't believe that was the author's intent anyway. This is not a "feel-good" book, but a book that shows the emotional rollercoaster rid
Sabrina Rutter
May 21, 2009 Sabrina Rutter rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-abuse, i-own, signed
This is a very moving memoir. I found myself in tears several times. I can't imagine how someone can live that many years in such a poisonous marriage and still thrive. I would have liked to hear more about her spiritual experiences but maybe later she will write a book on that. Hopefully she will go to some classes and learn how to strengthen her psychic abilities.
Debbie crammed a lot in 167 pages. It feels like this book was much longer than that. I'm glad it seemed that way becuase I normally
Dec 26, 2009 Kellyreaderofbooks rated it liked it
Stand tells the story of the author, Debbie Williamson. Born into a dysfunctional family, she is raped by an uncle at the age of nine. While telling her own story, Mrs. Williamson also goes back and tells the story of her Grandmother and Mother, who also came from dysfunctional families.

I thought the author did a great job of showing how the cycle of abuse goes on generation after generation. It really shows that how we are treated as children can impact how we feel about ourselves as an adult.
Mar 10, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
I won Stand through a Goodreads giveaway, but I was somewhat hesitant to read it. I've never been through abuse myself and haven't experienced anything like what Ms. Williamson has, so it collected dust on my shelf for a year until I finally gave it a chance. If you are in need of inspiration, this is a good book to pick up. I've already lent it to a friend to read and I'm still reflecting on it. With the exception of the way it jumps around and has little organization, this book was a great rea ...more
May 04, 2010 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Lauren Monsey Nagel
May 03, 2010 Lauren Monsey Nagel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
The minute that I got this book in my hands, I could not put it down. The story isn't about something new. The effects of abuse reach out so far and so wide, and affect so many people in their lifetime. But it's also the story nobody knows. The full review can be read at

Please read my review and then read the book! It is a remarkable true story. I would love to hear your comments. Follow my blog, please. Thank you, Lauren
Jennifer Wilson
Mar 11, 2010 Jennifer Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This book was amazing. I couldn't put it down, and was actually crying while reading it. Debbie tells about her dysfunctional family while growing up, and then as she continues to live in a dysfunctional situation as an adult until she decides she's going to make a change, and what a change she made. This is a truly inspiring book and I woudl definately recommend it to not only surviors but anyone who would like to see the change a person can make in their life!
Kelly Mazza
Apr 17, 2010 Kelly Mazza rated it really liked it
I received this book as a first reads winner & finished it in a day & a half. Debbie's story of abuse is sadly all to common these days but her story also shows it is possible to triumph over tradgedy, to break the cycle handed down from generation to generation and to start a new family tradition. Debbie shows that no matter your past you can be happy again. I have no doubt this book will help countless vicitms of abuse.
Lisa Jensen
May 04, 2010 Lisa Jensen rated it really liked it
I received this book through GoodReads'book giveaway. Ms. Williamson's story is truly inspirational,not only for those who have suffered from abuse, but to anyone who has faced adversity. This brave woman decided to change her life for the better,to perservere and rebuild her life. She reminds us that everyone deserves to be loved and to be happy.I recommend this book to anyone who needs motivation and support to make their dreams come true.
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Born in SLC, Utah. Raised in Southern California. Has four children and eleven grandchildren.

Married Gary Williamson October 2000.

Lives in California. Has four schnauzers, loves to travel, golf, read, garden and scrapbook.

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