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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Book Review: Courage in Patience

Courage in Patience by Beth Fehlbaum is a heart-wrenching, yet compelling tale of sexual abuse, child abuse, racism and even religious dogma taken to the extreme. The story takes place in small-town Texas, but could really happen anywhere.

Yes, the subject matter is heavy and at times infuriating (I couldn’t help but be angry as I read about the horrific conditions and environment the protagonist was subjected to), but this is really a story of hope.

No child should have to endure such pain and sorrow, but this book shows us that with timely intervention and the support of people who care, the child can not only overcome these hardships, but flourish and become a beacon of hope for others.

I highly recommend this book not only for people who’ve suffered abuse (in any form), and also for those who haven’t known such horrors, but would like to make a difference in the life of someone who has.

This book is suitable for classroom study and contains no graphic content.


Desperate to escape from her stepfather, fifteen-year-old Ashley Asher finally finds the courage to confront her mother with the painful details of six years of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. To her horror, Ashley’s mother turns her back on her. Only a teacher at her school offers any support. A touching story focused on the themes of abuse, social injustice, racism, peer pressure, bullying, parental responsibility, fear, forgiveness, love, acceptance and hope, which will inspire the millions of abuse victims in America, young and old alike.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars



At 8:17 AM, Blogger Kelly Kirch said...

Sorry, I don't have the courage or the patience to read that book. :(
Good review though.

At 9:04 AM, Blogger Mona said...

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At 10:40 AM, Blogger Beth Fehlbaum, Author said...

Thank you for the review, James. I appreciate it!

Beth Fehlbaum, author
Courage in Patience, a story of hope for those who have endured abuse
Chapter 1 is online!

At 4:17 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

No worries, Kelly. :D

You're quite welcome, Beth. I hope it send some readers your way.

At 5:49 PM, Blogger G-Man said...

I worked as a counselor in a state detention facility for 6 years. Real abuse is much scarier than fiction!!!
Any tool against child abuse is well used...G

At 7:47 AM, Blogger lime said...

so i take it this is a true story? it sounds quite powerful. anyone who not only survives but does well and brings hope to others is worthy of a read. thanks for bringing it to our attention.


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