Debbie Williamson stood up. "Stand" is her story, and it's pain-filled. It was at times, quite painful just to read. The one thing that comes to mind right now is that not once did I have to read those ugly accusing words, co-dependent. The label that has been handed out so frequently and consistently inflicts victims to bury their abuse even deeper.
Abuse, any kind of abuse can be likened to a domino effect. It's difficult to stand up with all the other dominoes falling right behind you.
There is so much to learn from reading this book. The people are real, and they might easily be found in any family tree, or perhaps rather, hanging in dark closets as skeletons from the past.
Social workers,therapists, teachers and victims need to read Debbie's book. I must agree totally with Sylvia Brown, this "truly exemplifies a journey of courage and strength"
How did I happen to read this book? I feel very fortunate because I actually won this book from my favorite site,http://www.goodreads.com/ It is where I had recently read a review of it, and then I knew right away that I wanted to read this book. So I entered my name in a drawing with about 900 other people that were also hoping to win the book. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that I had been chosen to be 1 of the 30 winners! I will admit that I figured I had zero chance of actually winning the book and I was more than willing to purchase it myself. Not only did I receive Stand in the mail in just a matter of days, but the author, Debbie Williamson signed it: "Lauren, My heart to yours,Debbie".
This made it even more special to me.