Rising Above The Scars
Johnnetta McSwain, Dream Wright Publications LLC, Memoir/Biography/Autobiography
Given that writing a memoir about sexual abuse and domestic violence are subjects that may be as difficult to read as they are to write, what is immediately noticeable is that McSwain provides the opportunity for the reader to prepare for the content, by contextualizing each nine-part timeline, chapter by chapter, with specific titles. There are no surprises.
For example, in Part 2: The Adolescent Years; broken down into chapters 6, 7, and 8 by “High School,” “My First Love,” and “High School Dropout,” the author writes, “I wanted so badly to know what it really felt like to make love.” This is a sentiment about which many of us could relate during that time of our lives.
Utilizing a conversational tone, Rising Above The Scars is reminiscent of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Like Angelou, Johnnetta McSwain not only details her trials and tribulations, she gives readers a blueprint for her road to triumphs, which can be used as a tool to offer hope to others who have been abused. Receiving her college degree, launching her organization, Breaking the City: Beating the Odds, and acquiring copyright of her comprehensive 12-Step Self-Awareness Model (SAM), listed in the book, are just a few examples that have catapulted Ms. McSwain to the position of a sought-after speaker on the national stage.
Of the several books I have read to learn about opportunities for healing survivors of sexual abuse, this one is worth the accolades that it has already received.
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