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The Gift of Hurt is a nonfiction modern-day story that is set in a Midwestern town. The main characters are middle class citizens, Ellie and Matt Jameson and affluent psychologists, Ann and Dr. Smith. This melodrama explodes after Ellie Jamesons husband is kidnapped. When Matt Jameson is found safe, after being stuffed into the trunk of a car for nineteen hours, the couple mistakenly believes that all their troubles have ended. Unfortunately, the residual affects of the kidnapping hideously creep up on Matt and Ellie forcing them to seek professional help.
Things go terribly awry as Ellies graduate-student therapist, Ann, inadvertently triggers memories of abuse and loss from Ellies past. As she begins regurgitating her repulsive childhood memories, she cautiously reaches out to Ann and surprisingly revels in what she believes is a special bond between them. She is certain that with Anns help the demons that have been locked up in her subconscious, for almost four decades, can finally be reckoned with and discarded. Vulnerable, open and fragile, like a fresh bloody wound, Ellie is devastated when Ann terminates therapy to do an out of state internship. Ellie struggles to stop the termination process and to see Ann just one more time. Within that deadly struggle is a journey of self-exploration that slowly turns into an uncontrollable ride into madness.
Along that treacherous roller coaster ride, you will meet Ellies new therapist, Dr. Smith. You will witness Dr. Smiths efforts to save Ellie from her mode of crash and burn. In her attempts to counsel Ellie and help her deal with Anns rejection, Dr. Smith frequently skirts the code of professional ethics and in doing so inadvertently distresses Ellie further.
Close to the books conclusion you will see the madness escalate. With all hope for any sort of quality life or happiness waning, Ellie, while innocently brushing her teeth, looks hard and deep in the mirror. She stops. She looks at herself again, more closely this time. She begins to cry at what she has become and the hurt she has caused everyone. She prays. Something she hasnt done for years. She vows to take control of her illness and no longer allows it to control her. At its conclusion you will understand that without experiencing the gift of hurt, Ellie would never have realized her potential and reached heights she never thought possible. You will understand too, that without the gift of hurt, Ellie would never have experienced the joy of loving, connecting, and developing emotional intimacy with people.
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"I was drawn in after the
first page and the grasp that The Gift of Hurt had on me did not loosen until
I finally closed the book after its conclusion. This is a wonderful book and
whether you are a big reader or not, you will love it!"
-Reviewer from Amazon.com
"It's a riveting story of
one person's struggle to come to terms with the past and it's made all the more
so because it's a true one."
-Christine A. Reed from e-Writers.net
"This is a fast paced novel
that dares to confront life's traumas head on, but with a gentleness and caring
that I feel deserves five stars. I went away knowing I had read more than a
good story: I had an experience; an experience that helped shed light and deepened
my understanding of some of life's more poignant experiences and struggles."
-Reviewer from Barnes and Noble
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