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Sister of Silence by Daleen Berry
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Jun 04, 12

Read on June 04, 2012

This was a well-written book, although the subject matter was difficult to think about. I have so many things to think about now in my own life because she told her story with candor and insight. I have a hard time accepting her nearly saint-like portrayal of herself, but I think probably most people would try to show their own actions in the best possible light. However, there is no denying her husband was a evil man. The other thing I had trouble swallowing was that therapy basically cured her. Maybe it's just cynicism on my part, but I have known people who've been in therapy for most of their lives and it makes not a bit of difference. While speaking to her therapist gave her a voice for what she had been keepng to herself for so long, it was Daleen herself who actually had the courage to do something about her situation. She acted. No amount of therapy can make you act if you don't want to change. Those were the only two things I didn't like about the book. To me, the author seemed to be a very smart, active and introspective person. She figured out how to get away from the situation and how to quit being a victim. It is a very empowering story.
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message 1: by Rhonda (new)

Rhonda I like your review, but I have to tell you that Daleen's portrayal of herself is honest and accurate. I have known her for years, and she is every bit as sweet as she sounds in her book. I believe that is why therapy was so successful for her. Prior to therapy, I believe that Daleen had a difficult time grasping why anyone would be cruel to her. She seemed to think that she had done something bad to deserve this treatment. During therapy, Daleen realized that it wasn't wrong of her to want to be treated with respect; hence, she became empowered to take control of her life. I realize therapy doesn't work for everyone, but it certainly seemed to make a difference to Daleen.


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