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Courage in Patience: A Story of Hope for Those Who Have Endured Abuse

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  20 reviews
After six years of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse from her stepfather, 14-year-old Ashleyfinallyfinds the courage to revealthe painful details of her experiences with her mother, whorefuses to acknowledge the problem and turns her back on her daughter. After confiding in her teacher—the only adult whom Ashley can trust—sheis removed from her home and sent to live wi ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Kunati Inc.
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A wonderful book for anyone who's ever suffered from child abuse or known someone who has. Follow Ashley in her lonely world as she suffers at the hands of a step-father and a mother who chooses to look the other way for selfish reasons. You are able to feel the emotion and how she escapes from the pain. Watch the darkness recede as she finally finds the courage to do something about it and to trust again. Ashley is able to look around her and see others suffering their own abuses while no one n ...more
Ashley Asher has been sexually abused by her stepfather since she was nine years old. When Ashley finally finds the courage to expose her abuser, her mother turns her back on Ashley and insists that Ashley is lying. The only person that takes Ashley’s claims seriously is her high school English teacher, who in turns gets Ashley the help she needs.

Ashley moves to Patience, Texas to live with her biological father, his wife and his adopted son. It isn’t surprising however that Ashley has a hard ti
I approach issue-oriented fiction with some trepidation. This one, a debut novel by English teacher Beth Fehlbaum, made me re-think my apprehension. Courage in Patience is about some difficult issues, certainly, but it's also about the quite believable characters who have to deal with them. It is those characters, particularly the empathetic protagonist Ashley Asher, who make this book worth reading.

Ashley lives in a small Texas town with her mother and step-father, but life is not at all cozy i
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

So before anything else, I want to make it clear that I liked this book, and consider it just as good as any other mainstream release when it comes to the building blocks of literature, things like complex characters and believable dialogue. No, it's the premise of the book itself that makes it diffic
J. Goodman
This is a heart-wrenching, yet compelling tale of sexual abuse, child abuse, racism and even religious dogma taken to the extreme. The story takes place in small-town Texas, but could really happen anywhere.

Yes, the subject matter is heavy and at times infuriating (I couldn’t help but be angry as I read about the horrific conditions and environment the protagonist was subjected to), but this is really a story of hope.

No child should have to endure such pain and sorrow, but this book shows us t
LaQuisha Hall
I finished. December 31st. The last day of 2010. My review as a general reader: EXCELLENT. My review as a survivor of sexual abuse: Nerve wrecking...

I chatted with the author of this book, Beth Fehlbaum, about a year ago via the comments section on her blog. We did not discuss the details of our experiences as survivors--just that we did survive. However, while reading this book, I felt as if she stepped into my life and recorded the exact relationship between my mother and I and the abuser. The
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Through Ashley, the main character of Courage in Patience, Beth weaves a heartbreaking, powerful tale. I think that it can give hope to those who have suffered abuse, or it can give a first look at those who have not, but may have someone in their life who can.

There are really dynamic characters in this book besides Ashley herself. One of my favorites is Bev, her stepmother. She has so much wisdom, patience, and individuality. I wish that a mold of her could be made. Ashley's biological father,
Nov 09, 2009 Storm added it
This book was reccomanded by my english teacher, he explained what the story was about and the major issuse it dealt with; sexual abuse. These types of stories really catch my intrest and the title alone made me want to devour the pages. The beginning was filled with heart ache,emotions,and pain I've never read before. The main charcter, Ashley Asher was such a lost and helpless little girl who was stunted in emotional growth from the years of sexual abuse she encountered from her step-father Ch ...more
I'm not even sure about where to begin about this book. It was wonderful, marvelous, excellent, outstanding, plus any more of these kinds of words you can think of. I've never read a book quite like this one: it explores many ideas, with the abuse being the major part of it, and the racism close behind it. When I was reading the back of the book when I received it, I was wondered whether this book would be any good, because it deals with all those areas that are listed. It turned out wonderfully ...more
As the title implies, this book is about courage. The courage to be yourself, to love your self and others, to fight for what is right and the courage to survive.

Ashley Asher survives one of the most horrible things that could ever happen to a young girl, sexual abuse by her stepfather. When her mother chooses to believe him and stay with him, Ash goes to live with her father whom she has never met. She visits with a counselor and enrolls in her stepmother's summer school english class where she
Since she was only nine years old, Ashley Asher has been sexually abused by her stepfather Charlie. Not knowing what to do about it and ashamed she’s somehow responsible, Ash keeps this a secret until she can finally no longer keep it in, six years later. However, when Ash finally confronts her mom with the details of how her husband hurt her, her mother denies it, not willing to believe the man she loves could do such a horrible thing. The only people who offer any type of support are her best ...more
It is apparent author Beth Fehlbaum knows her subject matter - sexual and emotional abuse - beyond study in a textbook (her bio at end of the book confirms this). I applaud her, and applaud her again, for her own courage in tackling such a difficult and painful topic. But it must be tackled. It must. Because abuse such as this is a constant in our society, and it is becoming ever more prevalent. Blame the Internet with all that it makes so readily available (and I am referring to adults here, fa ...more
Ciera Bennefield
Courage in Patience is a true-to-life epic story of a sexually, mentally, and emotionally abused girl. Ashley Asher's inner monologue shows the confusion, introversion, fear and anger of anyone that is in an abusive situation.

I usually shy away from abuse stories, however, this one called to me and I'm glad I answered. It's a really good. Somewhat reminiscent of A CHILD CALLED "IT" but one step down in intensity. In fact, it's much like SPEAK. This book, however, could be up there in the leagues
Fehlbaum's novel would be an excellent choice for teens who have suffered abuse in its treatment of the subject - except much of the book focuses not on Ashley, molested by her stepfather since she was nine, but on a fight against censorship surrounding Chris Crutcher's Ironman, chosen by Ashley's English teacher stepmom. The subplot is an interesting way for Ashley to learn that others suffer in their own ways, but honestly? Just read Crutcher's books themselves.

A brave and scary story exceedingly well told. Choice of detail is Maupassantian. Here is one line that tells so much about a town in East Texas:
"It was one of those book stores that put books about Catholicism and Buddhism in the 'cult' section."
I haven't finished reading this book, but I will.
Oct 31, 2010 Ashley marked it as to-read
I just read Hope in Patience, which is the sequel to this book and I had no idea it was the sequel! I imagine that there were things I would have understood better in Hope if I had read this first, but I still loved Hope in Patience. I want to pick this one up now. I wish I had known about it sooner!
Subject: sexually abused teenagers. A genuine story. I liked how the author used Chris Crutcher's, Ironman, as a tie-in to the story. A good book for young adults.
This is a beautifully told story of courage and patience in the face of victimization. The protagonist's coming of age journey is mesmerizing.
Oct 04, 2008 Shana marked it as to-read
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Read after the second one. Her writing skills definately improved. A moving story of overcoming tremendous adversity.
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In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is an experienced English teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading.

Beth is the author of the forthcoming Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014); Courage in Patience (Kunati Books, 2008); and Ho
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