Pieces: Help for Your Life Journey Synopsis
When you rebuild a shattered life, sometimes you don’t get – or want – all the old pieces, but introducing new pieces results in a better life.
Megan Erin Galloway, Pieces: Help for Your Life Journey (Bloomington, IN: Balboa Press, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1-5043-9620-2 (soft-cover) ISBN: 978-1-5043-9621-9 (hardback) ISBN: 978-1-5043-9654-7 (eBook)
Pieces offers hope and help for those who have lost hope due to childhood abuse, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, fear, and/or depression.
About the Author
My “credentials” for writing this book are 63 years of pain, fear, depression, and anxiety – and an incredible seven years of growth, expansion, happiness, and joy. I share my journey with others who are experiencing, or have experienced, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, so they don’t have to search as long as I did to find the hope and help they need. The growth and expansion I have gained have improved my life and health immensely. Written under the penname Megan Erin Galloway.
About the Book
This is a book of uplifting joy, which I am sharing with others to help on their journey out of darkness. The first chapter, “Broken Pieces,” consists of a series of notes I recorded throughout the middle years of my life. Following each note, I explain the circumstances of my life that lead to writing the note, as well as provide help and hope for those who can readily identify with, or remember, similar types of abuses in their lives and are looking for a way out of the darkness and fear. The remaining two chapters show my progression as I found my “self,” started picking up the broken pieces of my life, reviewed events and people throughout my journey, gradually healed and pieced myself together, and opened up to a glorious new viewpoint and an enlightened outlook. It’s my sincere hope and intent that this book will provide enough ideas and suggestions for the readers to achieve their own unique progression on their journey from darkness to the light.
Today I’m Daniel. Daniel is Dr. Daniel Jackson, one of the characters in Stargate SG-1, a science fiction TV series which debuted in 1997. You can tell that Daniel’s a science fiction character because he’s a sensitive man who would never hurt a child.
I don’t have multiple personalities; in fact, I probably have no personality at all. I’m emulating Daniel – I’m letting Daniel be my guide, my personality, today. I’m reacting like Daniel.
Daniel isn’t my first guide, or my only guide, or my last guide – he’s just today’s guide, subject to change without notice. My first guide was Thunderbolt, a black-and-white pinto horse. Thunderbolt helped me gallop when I needed to escape. … Thunderbolt helped me survive my childhood – and today Daniel is helping me.
July 19, 2018, Kirkus Review:
Help for Your Life Journey
Megan Erin Galloway
BalboaPress (108 pp.)
$28.00 hardcover, $8.99 paperback, $3.99 e-book
Galloway tells the story of her lifelong recovery from child abuse in this debut memoir. The author writes that when she was a child, she suffered physical abuse from her father, sexual abuse from her grandfather, and neglect from her mother. These experiences, she says, gave her a warped worldview in which she felt that she had no worth, no identity, and no hope. These feelings, and the belief that she deserved to be punished, led her to attempt suicide in college in the early 1970s. She was admitted to the university’s psychiatric ward, which she describes as “the most depressive and oppressive environment I had ever experienced,” and then to a traumatic halfway house. For several years after that, she says that she endured manipulative relationships with her mother, her friend Laura, and Laura’s mother, which led her to completely lose her sense of self. Finally, in 2009, as a “scared, confused, and lonely child in a 61-year old body,” Galloway began getting the help she needed. A good friend provided her with a safe place to live, a skilled counselor taught her new thought patterns, and she read numerous self-help books. Despite occasional setbacks, she says that she has now “integrated [her] various pieces into a new and improved whole person”; in the final chapter, she summarizes how this was possible. Over the course of this remembrance, Galloway reveals her story in a subtle but captivating way by blending expressive journal entries, candid details about her life, and direct pieces of advice to the reader. She also lays out the various elements of her recovery one piece at a time, doing so in an earnest and believable way, making it clear that it all required hard work to accomplish. Additionally, her explicit analysis of the psychological consequences of abuse—and how to mitigate them—is profound and eye-opening. Her insights will surely help fellow abuse survivors make sense of their own emotions, find reason to hope, and begin taking solid steps toward recovery.
A harrowing but hopeful narrative.
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