Unbroken by Madeleine Black @RandomThingsTours/BlogTour Sexual Violence Rape Survior @Forgiveness Project





BLURB For many years after that night, my memories of what happened after he held the blade to my throat and threatened my life were fragmented… difficult to piece together. It was too extreme, too violent for me to understand.
Violently gang-raped when she was thirteen years old, and raped three more times before the age of eighteen, Madeleine has experienced more trauma in her life than most ever will.
Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage it wrought, as men continued to take advantage of her fragility in the worst possible way.
Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, she found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all: leading a fulfilling and happy life. But the road to piecing her life back together was long and painful. For Madeleine, forgiveness was the key. True forgiveness takes genuine effort. It takes a real desire to understand those who have done us so much harm. It is the ultimate act of courage.
In Unbroken, Madeleine tells her deeply moving and empowering story, as she discovers that life is about how a person chooses to recover from adversity. We are not defined by what knocks us down – we are defined by how we get back up.
 

Unbroken by Madeleine Black

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (4 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786062763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786062765

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unbroken-Journey-Shattered-Violence-Survival/dp/1786062763

MY THOUGHTS:

This is my second time reading this book and it has not lost its power or potency! This book is a testimony to the power of the human spirit. It is the story of how a woman can rise above the violence perpetrated against her person. I have met Madeleine on numerous occasions and I’m always amazed by how pleasant she is. Her story will amaze you.

This was such a privilege to read this book. The story of a woman, who after being raped at thirteen years old, refused to let it define her. She is left traumatised, feeling guilty and believing it to be her fault she was raped. These and a myriad of other feelings leave her traumatised.
This is story of her journey from being Madeleine, raped at thirteen to Madeleine the woman; she is not defined by her rape but is a woman who who learns to accept, process and ultimately forgive her attackers.
This is a searingly honest book of a woman on a journey; a journey that ultimately finds her at peace.
At one with her body and soul.
A story that will have you weeping, cringing and willing Madeleine to complete her journey.
A book I urge everyone to read. A tale that resonates with all.
As a man I feel honoured to have shared her journey.
THE AUTHOR:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The sharing of her story on The Forgiveness Project’s website in September 2014, opened many doors for Madeleine in ways she never imagined and the invitations started to pour in.
She has taken part in both TV and radio interviews and has been invited to share her story at conferences, events and schools.
She recognises that she was a victim of a crime that left her silent for many years, but has now found her voice and intends to use it. Not just for her, but for so many who can’t find theirs yet.
She is married and lives in Glasgow with her husband, three daughters, her cat, Suki, and dog, Alfie.

For more info please see her website madeleineblack.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @madblack65

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