Broken Places: A Memoir of Abuse

Broken Places A Memoir of Abuse Award winning author Rachel Thompson courageously confronts the topics of sexual abuse and suicide love and healing in her second nonfiction book of prose Broken Places The sequel to Rachel s first

  • Title: Broken Places: A Memoir of Abuse
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  • Award winning author Rachel Thompson courageously confronts the topics of sexual abuse and suicide, love and healing, in her second nonfiction book of prose Broken Places The sequel to Rachel s first nonfiction book, Broken Pieces, Rachel bares her soul in essays, poems and prose, addressing life s most difficult topics with honesty As you follow one woman s journey thrAward winning author Rachel Thompson courageously confronts the topics of sexual abuse and suicide, love and healing, in her second nonfiction book of prose Broken Places The sequel to Rachel s first nonfiction book, Broken Pieces, Rachel bares her soul in essays, poems and prose, addressing life s most difficult topics with honesty As you follow one woman s journey through the dark and into the light, you will find yourself forever changed Rachel s first book in this series, Broken Pieces, has been a 1 best seller on eBooks on Women s Poetry and Abuse Please note this book discusses serious topics, and is intended for mature audiences only.

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    1. I have had the opportunity to read both, Broken Pieces and Broken Places, by abuse survivor, Rachel Thompson. Ms. Thompson delivers poignant, powerful and poetic essays on the impact of sexual abuse, in many forms, on the psyche of a young woman. In both, Ms. Thompson steps out of her normal style of humorous, sarcastic essays that she is known for to dig deep into her soul and write about painful occurrences in her life and how they continue to affect her. As someone who has known Ms. Thompson [...]

    2. Truly A Rare Find!When I finished reading Rachel Thompson's latest, Broken Places, I was quietly stunned. I thought about it read it again and then contemplated. I was moved.I think I went into the reading with expectations of almost a sequel (if you will) of her last book Broken Pieces. What I read was that, to a degree but it was so much more. Let me repeat that, because it matters so much more!You should read this. Not 'you should read this if'. You yes, you. You should read this.If you have [...]

    3. Some poets are born, but most are made. I believe Rachel Thompson possesses an inner-strength transcending both ideals. Perhaps her poetry would not be possible without her story, but that is immaterial. She was born and makes a difference. I am not a survivor of sexual abuse, but I feel the intensity of her writing and the strength that it provides. There is courage in the ability to speak that I know others will find because of Broken Places. I better understand the enormity our actions and in [...]

    4. First I have to say that this book is not for the faint of hearts. It is raw and deals with a lot of issues such as depression, suicide, sexual abuse and other things.Rachel has taken something raw and made it a beautiful story of how one girl has survived a dark path to come into the light and heal. In poem and essay style Rachel weaves a dark past and things that happened to a girl that should not have happened and the path to healing.This is a must read for anyone who has ever been abused sex [...]

    5. Somehow more urgent and immediate than Broken Pieces, the writing (the language, the poetry) is better, and I loved Rachel Thompson's earlier book. Hitting the same emotional valley, trying to understand, failing, and succeeding, walking the walk, Thompson pulls dark blankets off of her past and reveals the ugliness of human nature. Her journey is startling, harrowing, and sad. Surviving and leaving a record for others to discover is brave. If you are a survivor of abuse, this book may become a [...]

    6. This was a hard read for me. It hit so close to home in areas that I thought I'd put way behind me. Now I know where the nightmares come from.Rachel Thompson took on a task that touches the heart in ways I've never read before. This book is extremely well written and told with such grace and feeling that you turn the pages and reach the end before you expect it. You can feel a little girls pain and fear. The poetry was beautiful and I don't usually read books with poetry in them. This one was pu [...]

    7. When I finished reading Rachel Thompson’s latest, Broken Places, I was quietly stunned. I thought about it read it again and then contemplated. I was moved. I think I went into the reading with expectations of almost a sequel (if you will) of her last book Broken Pieces. What I read was that, to a degree but it was so much more. Let me repeat that, because it matters so much more!You should read this. Not 'you should read this if'. You yes, you. You should read this. If you have read Broken Pi [...]

    8. It is simply amazing that the author, Rachel Thompson, has used her past experience to help others. Broken Places is not a continuation from Broken Pieces but reading both books will provide you with lessons on dealing with the past and letting go of the pain. Both books are compilation of the author's feelings and opinions in the form of poetry or prose and eventually functions as a "manual" on your journey to healing. People pleasing, shame, guilt, anger, addiction and inability to move on bec [...]

    9. Somehow more urgent and immediate than Broken Pieces, the writing (the language, the poetry) is better, and I loved Rachel Thompson's earlier book. Hitting the same emotional valley, trying to understand, failing, and succeeding, walking the walk, Thompson pulls dark blankets off of her past and reveals the ugliness of human nature. Her journey is harrowing and sad. Surviving and leaving a record for others to discover is brave. If you are a survivor of abuse, this book may become a touchstone.

    10. Broken Places was such a powerful and beautiful read and Rachel Thompson is so brave and strong for sharing her story so eloquently. Broken Places is one of those books that stays with you way after the last page is written. If you asked me before I read this book if I would enjoy poetry I would say no. But this book changed my mind. The way that poetry was used to convey messages and feelings was amazing

    11. I read this after I had read Broken Pieces. It’s something that is close to home in reference to domestic abuse. I continued on to this in the aid to educate myself further. Rachel has put her scars onto paper here, I found this book harder to read then her previous in the series. It took me by surprise and I am not sure if this is because I am not familiar with this as an experience. I have to say I commend Rachel for this. Again you can read it in small chunks and it’s not a depressing rea [...]

    12. While the incidence* of childhood sexual abuse continues to grow, thankfully there are survivors like Rachel Thompson who have conquered the horror.In "Broken Places: A Memoir of Abuse", Thompson conveys the facts and feelings of being an 11-year-old at the hands of a trusted neighbor who turns out to be a pedophile. The book dutifully begins with a “Trigger Warning,” notifying abuse survivors that the subject matter could be painfully harsh.Through poems, prose, and reflective pieces writte [...]

    13. Broken PlacesByRachel ThompsonAuthor Rachel Thompson believes that the ever-present shame of child molestation drastically alters what a child’s life might have become. In her outstanding candid book, she suggests through education, often poignant essays and poems, just how devastating sexual abuse is—particularly to a child. It rips the psyche right down to the soul.She takes you on a journey through her own life from the time she was eleven years old and bears her ‘shame’ in an effort [...]

    14. Broken Places is so raw and real and poignant that it hurts in the most painful of ways. And you don’t have to be a survivor of sexual abuse to feel it. Because everyone can relate to the brutally honest emotions which have been bled out onto the page. Her stained canvas paints for us a story of strength and promise.Thompson’s words are the needle which inject us into her veins. And we float in the crimson river of her pain and heartache. And then she opens her heart and graciously and coura [...]

    15. “Broken Places” is an artistic fusion of poems, essays, prose and joined ponderings about the “fault lines that tremor and quakeaftershocks” when the “icy fingers “from the sudden stranglehold of childhood memories hover through a lifetime of dealing with abuse. Rachel Thompson quotes Einstein’s observation that the separation of past, present, and future are illusion and says this is why the mind throws flashbacks at us as we move back and forth between points of childhood trauma [...]

    16. And it is an important voice to listen to, but you have to be listening.When it comes to sexual abuse, which is sadly all too common, we hear a lot of voices on the subject. We hear voices from police departments and courts, concerned neighbors and finally the media projected voice of the heartless criminal who will go to jail, hopefully repent and learn a lesson.And that's a big feature of the way we think about the crime. We pay a lot of attention to all of those voices and justice being serve [...]

    17. Warning: Reading "Broken Pieces" will not prepare you for "Broken Places", but let me be clear: "Broken Pieces" is an amazing work of art, and "Broken Places" is even better. If you care for someone who has been sexually abused, you need to read this book. If you are someone who has experienced sexual abuse, you should read this book. Just know that it will be extremely painful but also wrap you in a warm, loving hug.Where "Broken Pieces" was sometimes shy and esoteric with some of the more pain [...]

    18. As always, Rachel's work is powerful, her words filled with so much emotion, her strength always there.As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, reading Rachel's words was difficult. They not only conjured up the shadows of my memories, but they made me ache for the little girl that was once Rachel.I want to quote a paragraph from Broken Places that struck me and resonates deeply with my own experience with abuse, something I still struggle with."What did I learn from my abuse? Not to trust. That [...]

    19. Rachel Thompson spills her soul through her powerful and affecting essays and poetry of her childhood sexual abuse, as well as of her abuser which happened to be her next door neighbor. Rachel’s horrific event molded and shaped her into the strong woman she is as well as the talented writer she is today. She writes with abandonment, bearing her soul in such a raw manner, her courage admired. Her words are visceral, compelling. As a survivor of abuse her words conveyed what’s been muted in ma [...]

    20. It's not everyday I read memoirs, but this one is special in some way. Insightful, honest and pragmatic!Rachel had gone deep down the emotional construct and given the very raw truth and reality of what Childhood Sexual Abuse really is.Her straightforward approach interwoven with poetic expression also offers an instrumental didactic hand to a survivor of CSA.Although suggestive in a personal perspective; the volume of raw emotion and practical challenges and pain are a voice to a person/survivo [...]

    21. I've been following Thompson's writing through blogs and social media for years, but nothing could have prepared me for the stunning voice this author has. I'm not much of a poetry reader. Though my favorite genre is Literary, I'm definitely one of those numbskulls that just doesn't get it. I want to read a story, not words. Thompson brings a rare talent, a gift, to tell a gorgeous story with lines of poetry each woven together with a dark ribbon with gold hope sparkling off its edges. Broken Pl [...]

    22. This bookwow. Where to begin? It's simply stunning in its ability to do so many things so well. It chronicles the horrific tragedy of sexual abuse of children, while also giving the reader hope on every page. Much of Broken Places is about the sadness and emptiness that happens after abuse, but parts of it are also a celebration of healthy love and sexuality.I believe it's an important read for everyone. If you're a survivor yourself--and can handle reading about the topic--it may help you to he [...]

    23. Rachel Thompson delves into some raw corners in Broken Places, but she also manages to dig up a lot of hope. The mixture of poetry, narrative and prose balance the book nicely, making it not quite memoir, not quite poetry book, and all perfectly balanced. There were some moments in this book that struck a cord deep inside, something only the best poetry can do. "Arousal feels like shame, so she must be broken (Rachel Thompson, Broken Places)." Anyone who has ever had to bear the burden of an abu [...]

    24. I have the pleasure to read both Broken Pieces and Broken Places. Rachel's poetry is raw and powerful. While it is hard to discuss or read around the topic of sexual abuse, there is something profoundly consoling about this book. I appreciate the introduction surrounded the mind, body, soul, and dealing with feelings of shame and denial. Rachel's poems not only manage a difficult subject; they also make something new of it. For example: "Survivors create survival mechanisms. Mine is pushing thro [...]

    25. Broken Places is vulnerable, visceral and powerful. Rachel has exposed herself and shared her most painful places in order to help others heal and reduce the stigma and shame of childhood sexual abuse. Brene Brown states: “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discove [...]

    26. Another powerful story from Rachel ThompsonMuch like Broken Pieces, Places is a fractured collection of personal essays and poetry focused primarily on the childhood sexual abuse she suffered though time is spent on the dissolution of one adult relationship and the hopeful dreams of another. Be forewarned, there may be parts that are difficult for some to read but those parts are the most important portions; they are what allow us into the author's deepest recesses and allow an understanding of [...]

    27. Broken Places: A Memoir of Abuse by Rachel Thompson is a nonfiction book of poetry, essays, and prose. Her writings, as a survivor of childhood abuse, are very emotional and comes from a depth so deep that the reader cannot but experience these feelings along with her. For example, when the author writes about her "Silence "a time of innocence and loste reader feels the threatening pressure of the abuser's gun that stood for two frightening words, "don't tell". Her silence was a given, her famil [...]

    28. Much like Broken Pieces, Places is a fractured collection of personal essays and poetry focused primarily on the childhood sexual abuse she suffered though time is spent on the dissolution of one adult relationship and the hopeful dreams of another. Be forewarned, there may be parts that are difficult for some to read but those parts are the most important portions; they are what allow us into the author's deepest recesses and allow an understanding of what csa can do to a person.Though less ang [...]

    29. Broken Places was undoubtedly moving, emotional and telling. Rachel peels back the veil of her life and dramatically reveals what took place in the most raw way possible. Her essays and poems make you feel her journey and torment, whether you are able to relate or not. With brevity, simplicity and depth, Rachel uses her writings to show how she went from victim to survivor and how each and everyday she still walks the path of healing and wholeness. Broken Places is heavy but beautiful. Telling b [...]

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