Author of 15 Acclaimed Books on Spirituality Now Shares Her Intimate Story of Abuse.
Charol Messenger introduces The Power of Courage: An Uplifting Saga of Moving Beyond Abuse, international Finalist in new nonfiction and national Finalist in women's issues. This dramatic memoir recounts the author's resilience and triumph over an abusive narcissist, who wouldn't leave her home or her life, and how her spirituality gave her the courage and resolute spirit to outmaneuver him, at last.
Messenger shares her challenging true story because it can help others, through her mistakes as well as her resolution, because she believes that silence is poison . . . and that truth matters.
--"This tale chronicles a challenging chapter in Messenger's life, when she found herself trapped in and then emerging from a toxic relationship." ~Kirkus Reviews
--"A testament to learning how to trust your own process, discovering your own inner strength and truth and redefining your own personal boundaries despite all odds." ~Anne L. Clark, fine artist, UK
Synopsis: Manson mania in his wild black eyes, he threatened to take a baseball bat to her dog if she didn't ghostwrite his exposé about a serial killer. After a lifetime of inappropriate sexual advances from men in trusted positions, it was time to stand up. After many demoralizing months with this profane man with Manson-wild eyes, who had cajoled her out of her money time after time, she finally found her voice and was at last able to say, no more. It was difficult to speak the truth, but silence was poison. This explosive relationship had taken more strength than she'd ever had to muster. Every moment in the clutches of his alcoholic insanity was crisp and vivid, every fragment illuminated as if in a spotlight, because these volatile encounters were completely opposite of her meditative life. Yet when he smacked his fist in front of her face, close in, breath foul, at last she knew she was not weak at all. Her dilemma was how to get out of this. He was in her house and would not leave--but she had a strong weapon, a deep and profound inner spiritual strength.
Defining resilience, Merriam-Webster writes: "The ability to become strong, healthy . . . after something bad happens. The ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent."
--"Harrowing cautionary tale. Inspiring." ~Kirkus Reviews
--"4.5 stars! I was unable to stop reading." ~Self-Publishing Review
--"Riveting! Neatly answers 'how can this happen?'" ~D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
--"Captivating.... Women with a history of abuse could benefit from reading about Charol's struggle." ~L. Michael Lawn, Licensed Professional Counselor
Full synopsis, professional reviews, sample chapters at author's official website CharolMessenger. Twitter @HigherSelfpsych