Towards Understanding - revised edition
Publisher : Publish America, & Booklocker Inc
Description
Towards Understanding, revised edition is a collection of 125 non-fiction poems written in chronological order. It is a true story of a young pre-teen female growing up on her own, struggling to survive, breaking the chains of inner demons and finally growing towards understanding of her value & purpose in life – but not quite reaching it. Thus the title… Towards Understanding. The reason behind the book was to show other victims of abuse, violence and neglect that they can live a wholesome life without baggage from the past. Second to that Lillian wanted to provide a roadmap that showed the healing process that victims go through, letting others know they are not alone. People who are involved with victims can learn what that person is going through or will go through and therefore they might be able to provide a better support system. The original version of this book (with 120 poems) is still available in paperback through most online and retail bookstores. The new revised edition offers 5 new poems, creating an ending the author is more comfortable with, and updated author information. The e-book was released in late-July 2009 by Booklocker.com Inc. Details on both editions and book excerpts can be found at:  www.brummet.ca/towards.html


The Story Behind This Book
Dave and Lillian are proud to announce the revised edition of Towards Understanding is now available as an e-book via Booklocker.com; the original edition is still available in paperback format, and in the summer of 2009 the publishers released a limited edition in hardcover - which was quite an experience for Lillian. Towards Understanding (revised edition) is a collection of 125 non-fiction poems written in chronological order. It is a true story of a young pre-teen female growing up on her own, struggling to survive, breaking the chains of inner demons & finally growing towards understanding of her value & purpose in life – but not quite reaching it. Thus the title… Towards Understanding. The reason why Lillian wrote the book originally was to show other victims of abuse, violence & neglect that they can live a wholesome life without baggage from the past. Second to that Lillian wanted to provide a road-map that showed the healing process that victims go through, letting others know they are not alone. People who are involved with victims can learn what that person is going through or will go through and therefore they might be able to provide a better support system. The original version of this book, with 120 poems, is still available in paperback and hardcover by ordering through most online or your local retailers. Dave's cover design for this newly revised edition hints at the theme of "leaving footprints in the sand" or deciding on the legacy we choose to leave behind. Lillian is particularly fond of his idea for signing the author name in the sand. This new revised edition offers 5 new poems, creating an ending that Lillian is much more comfortable with, along with updated author information - and a few other revisions. Check out the new e-book (only $8.95 - US funds) at: http://www.booklocker.com/books/4179.html Follow the author as she battles her past demons, raises her voice in anger, discovers self-awareness and recovers from and intense relationship bordering on obsession. You will witness the healing, as she becomes aware of the value of her life and falls deeply in love with a wholesome man. Finally, able to see beyond herself she starts to question society and endeavors to understand others. She discovers a love for nature and a dedication to the health of the Earth. As is evident, the author has fun experimenting with different writing styles and altering rhythms with words. Lillian Brummet's award winning poetry has appeared in five hardcover anthology books and numerous publications in North America, Africa and the UK. She has had the honor of attaining "Editor's Choice Award for outstanding Achievement in Poetry", not once - but twice. Lillian co-authored an environmental book, "Trash Talk", with her husband Dave. The couple recently released an ebook entitled "Purple Snowflake Marketing - How to make your book stand out in a crowd". Their articles continue to appear in publications across the globe. Lillian also finds time in her busy schedule to write book reviews professionally.


Praise and Reviews
Condensed reviews for Towards Understanding

"...grabs your heart... stories seemed to pour out of her life with nothing held back gave me inspiration and hope... made my heart shake, feeling things one seldom does." ~ Ronald Nussbeck, Author of: The Deception, Retribution and The Coin

“… Her writings take the reader on an emotional journey. For every poem that strikes the heart and brings tears, there is another one that offers hope and promise for a tomorrow. I recommend this book of poetry to any survivor of abuse that is seeking to heal. Her writings will be their companion on the journey to healing. Her words will guide them and teach them along the way. …This book is excellent!” ~ Hope Fields

“Lillian drives it home… I felt like we were sisters sitting and talking about our lives. …The inner suffering revealed; yet gripping to life's blessings.  …a heartfelt collection of life’s experiences.” ~ Mary Muhammad, author of: Echoes of an Era

“…a diverse collection of observations and emotions… moments of pain and longing… of simple joy and abiding love… a wonderful reminder that memories do not have to be grandiose in nature to be fulfilling… The emotional honesty of the writer is sure to strike a chord with many readers.” ~ Fallen Angel Reviews

“…You’ll never look at poetry the same way again… beginning with her childhood trauma and leading into her journey of finding healing and self worth. You’ll feel her anguish, anger, and finally, her recovery as you travel with her page by page.” ~ Robor Writing & Editing E-newsletter

“…will resonate with anyone who has loved, lost love or experienced the hurt that is all part of finding the soul within us as we travel through this lifetime. Allow these words to connect you with the truth of who you are.” ~  Heaven Sent Spiritual E-zine (UK)

"...a true poet's eye for detail, description and emotion carries the reader along on her journey." ~ Michele True, poet and editor of Write On Newsletter / host of the Practical Poetry online radio show

"...some of the most gripping poetry I've ever read. Since it was presented in time sequence, I felt glued to the screen, wanting to know what happened next, as if reading a biography or diary or novel!" ~ Sonja Gartner (Canada) - reader

"...an emotional and sometimes haunting journey... outstanding collection of very personal and sometimes painful work has all the makings of a great read." ~ Tessa Crigger, Author of: I Hear Gaea's Tears

"...Her poetry makes you think, painting a picture of that moment she is describing. One of my favorites, Survivor, reveals her inner strength with honesty. ...written with determination and reverence." ~ Marguerite Ashton, Author of: Taylini

"...by far the most outstanding book of poetry that I have read thus far. ...Like a blooming rose to completion you travel through her life as though it were your own, experiencing everything from fear, frustrations and memories - to love, purpose and self-acceptance. ...inspires hope, peace and strength in a troublesome world like I would not have imagined. ...can be read over and over again!" ~ CJ Wilkes, Author of: Daddy I Forgive You

"...Those who like reading poetry that questions society and depicts true life experiences will enjoy this book of poetry." ~ Nadia Brown, Author of: Unscrambled Eggs

"...an absorbing and interesting collection of poetry, which displays the author's great depth of emotion. ...she so honestly expresses herself with skilled writing ability." ~ Debra Warren, Author of: Pausing to Catch My Breath

"Lillian Brummet has survived the horrors of domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse. She knows what it is to struggle and overcome. She also knows what it is to share her secrets through her touching, revealing and inspirational poetry, written while on her personal journey to healing..." ~ A Celebration of Courage Newsletter

"...yanked on the very strings of my heart. ...every poem, every verse, every word that she penned was a representation of my life. ...with each poem there is a marking of years which in turn shows growth, not only as a poetess, but as a young woman. As she pours out her life on paper, she is fighting her inner demons, learning to love herself... and through all the trials and tribulations, finds freedom. ...brought me to tears as I sobbed, remembering my years that have so swiftly past. ...an ideal role model for young women and men - her poems are filled with truth and honesty. ...Lillian writes with words as an artist paints with color - the raw emotions of love, hate, abuse, anger, friendship... I thoroughly enjoyed each and every poem and I strongly recommend her book of poetry!" ~ Ameasha Brown (Canada) - Book Reviewer

"...courageously reveals more about her deepest feelings and intimate emotions that most people ever truly discover about themselves. ...on woman's journey toward self-realization... gives hope to everyone suffering, as did she. Lillian proclaims her personal victory over the darkness of her youth ...through the passionate intimacy of her poetry, she invites others to follow." ~DeVoll Reviews - Cheers E-zine

"…When you open this book you step into a world of a pouring waterfall of emotions..." ~ John Thompson

"…written while the author was still an adolescent, trying to come to terms with her internal angst as well as external factors. The remarkable trait about this poetry collection explores various poem-structures which isn't something common amongst modern poets." ~ Plastic Venus E-zine, Issue 4


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