Given my current exploration of trauma, I was moved, in both senses of this word, to read Sharon Rawlette’s review of this powerful book. I know I’m a bit late in the day and it’s two weeks old, but it deals with a subject that should never be lost to sight and is always important to flag up.
You may know author Martha Beck from her bestselling self-help titles such as Finding Your Own North Star and Steering by Starlight. Both of those books were of immense help to me during difficult transitions in my own life, but I had no idea when I was reading them just how hard-won the insights that Beck shares in those books were. No idea how dark were the caves from which she had to emerge in order to catch a glimpse of her own North Star. Only just last week did I discover her soul-piercing memoir Leaving the Saints, which, although its subtitle says it’s about “How [She] Lost the Mormons and Found [Her] Faith,” is in truth about so, so much more.
Beck grew up in Utah, the daughter of one of the intellectual heroes of the LDS church. She went away to study at Harvard and stayed on to get a doctorate in sociology. It was…
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