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Born into a rigid fear-based Christian family to a mother with undiagnosed post-partum depression, young “Frances” quickly learns her world is not a safe one. Strappings are common for Frances, who suffers multiple forms of abuse at the hands of those closest to her throughout her childhood and adolescence. To mask her fears and sensitivity, Frances develops a tough exteri ...more
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published March 10th 2016 by FriesenPress
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Dominique Kyle
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A personal testimony of survival and healing. If you’re a person who can’t understand why you’re hurting, messed up, making repeated mistakes in relationships, and getting dependent on some substance or other, when compared to others you know, you don’t feel like you’ve any excuse for it – you weren’t violently raped by your step-father, you didn’t have petrol tipped over you and been set alight by your heroin addicted parents – you were just brought up in a fairly normal seeming family, two sob ...more
Barbara Sala
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book to show the consequences of childhood abuse in our adult life. In this book the author concentrates on her struggle to understand her way to cope with relationships. She is strong. She wants to live. She doesn’t want to be alone. She doesn’t give up.

Abuse, whether sexual or psychological in childhood is a life sentence for an ongoing struggle.
The writer also describes her love as a runner, her love for animals and the challenges of being a police officer.

I am getting
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E.A. Briginshaw
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found the first part of the book quite engaging and immediately empathized with the author as she endured abuse from her family during her childhood. This led to numerous questionable decisions and dysfunctional relationships later on in life. At times, I grew less sympathetic as I felt the author's me-versus-them attitude created or enhanced some of her confrontations later on in life. The book is well written, although I felt some of the daily routine stuff could have been left out. After he ...more
Karen Trollope-Kumar
Isana's book is honest and at times heart-wrenching, as she describes the struggles and challenges she faced as a child, in relationships and in the work world. She had some very supportive animal companions and wrote about them in such a loving way. I found this book too long and detailed, however. I think it would have been better if she'd tightened up the prose, eliminating many small incidents so that the more powerful episodes would stand out more clearly. But kudos to Isana for bravely sha ...more
Scott Hensley
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uplifting and life changing approach to everyday struggles.
Anthony Stancomb
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a book that feels as if it was written to get the author’s troubles off her chest, but it’s an interesting read, nonetheless. She takes you through her troubled life – a pretty loveless childhood, disastrous romantic attachments, religion and alcohol, and difficulty with work relationships – but she comes out on top in the end.
It’s a fraught tale, and a well told one at that. Well written and with good pace and drama, even if slightly heavy on daily detail and introspection, each part of
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Wendy
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
Shelves: inspirational, memoir
"Unfinished: A Personal Journey of Healing, Self-Discovery and Resilience" which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is an emotional journey through childhood abuse and adult trauma that begins with the pain, hurt and shame Frances Marie endures growing up. Wounded, desperate for love and acceptance when she enters college Frances finds freedom from her past, losing her inhibitions in drinking and sex only to become victimized by a young man who professes his love under unusual circumstances, and ...more
Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. As always, an honest review.

I was excited to start reading Unfinished: A Personal Journey of Healing, Self-Discovery and Resilience by Isana, and it did not disappoint. This is the story of a woman who was told from childhood that she didn’t matter. She learns to find her voice and go after what she wants in life. She’s inspirational without being preachy. I appreciated her honestly throughout, telling her story through the good and bad
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Robert G. Loden
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to declare that I won this book on goodreads. I basically quick read this book. It was enlightening. But not quite what I'm used to reading. I do give it a big thumbs up though. And
as always I donate the books I win to either a library or a senior center. So it keeps giving.
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Writing under the pen name Isana, the author is now happily married and has found peace. This memoir is her contribution to helping other women who have experienced childhood and adult trauma in the hope that her healing will send a message that forgiveness is possible and that bitterness is not the only outcome. Isana finally feels whole and wants the same for those who have lived through similar ...more