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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:256
  • eBook ISBN:9781620954270

Peace and Freedom are My Names

An Autobiography

by Irene Frances

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Overview
Peace and Freedom are My Names is one woman’s story of incredible perseverance through a lifetime of abuse that began as an unwanted child, and led to a descent into madness from which it seemed she would never return. A key to her eventual healing was recovering from complex post traumatic stress disorder – multiple personality disorder. Through it all she clung to an unrelenting belief that God’s hand was upon her, and that somehow He would bring her through.
Description
Peace and Freedom are My Names is one woman’s story of incredible perseverance through a lifetime of abuse that began as an unwanted child, and led to a descent into madness from which it seemed she would never return. A key to her eventual healing was recovering from complex post traumatic stress disorder – multiple personality disorder. Through it all she clung to an unrelenting belief that God’s hand was upon her, and that somehow He would bring her through. ‘ONCE AGAIN IT was as though an H-bomb had blasted me apart, smashing to pieces the wall I had so carefully built around me. In one frightening moment I was again left exposed and vulnerable, acutely aware that I could no longer pretend to be the person I thought I should be. I had to learn, once and for all to become the person I was meant to be, the person God had always intended me to be.’ ‘RIVETING READING. Peace and Freedom are My Names alerts people to the profound effect of interventions which society approves of for those grappling with major emotional difficulties. I hope that psychiatric training institutions will take the book’s positive and negative messages on board.’ ‘I LIKED THE book very much. It is well written, never flags, never lectures us, never bores us. The lessons are powerful and insightful, but you want people to read it because it’s a good book. It is a good book. Congratulations.’ ‘AS A COUNSELLOR and through my work in radio I have listened to the stories of hundreds of people. Irene’s story encourages and reminds me that with appropriate support and care, combined with God’s love and grace, we can reach our potential and live life to the full.’
About the author
Irene Frances is an accomplished writer. She has assisted several people write and publish their memoirs, has worked as a research and literary assistant in a large Australian church, and was editor of an Australian state church denominational publication. Setting aside her writing career, Irene began a social work career, working primarily in mental health services and palliative care. Over the years Irene, who had experienced a traumatic childhood, developed multiple personality - now known as dissociative disorder - and had many admissions to a private psychiatric hospital undergoing extensive psychotherapy to address the many complex issues associated with this disorder. Throughout what she describes as 'the hell of healing', Irene experienced additional crises that complicated the resolution of her condition. Eventually she worked through her many challenges, returned to work as a social worker, retiring recently to resume her writing career. Peace and Freedom are My Names captures the essence of Irene's story, her resilience, courage, heartaches, faith in God and the humour and joy she brings to her life. She is working on several other projects including devotional books and an account of her developing passion for the land of Israel.
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