Author name: Diamante Lavendar
Name of the book: Poetry and Ponderings
Genre of the book: Poetry, Nonfiction, Inspirational
Book synopsis: In this rare collection of nonfiction Christian poetry and prose based on real life experiences, Diamante Lavendar, a victim of abuse, shows the reader the raw emotions of pain, hate, and denial that occur before a victim of abuse can find a way to heal from the pains of assault.
Knowing herself the very difficult journey of being a victim, Diamante was abused as a child, and turned to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. Many years later, she started to heal under God’s watchful eyes and was able to find love in her life again. She shares these truly inspiring, religious poems in the hopes that it may help other victims heal their hurts, as she did while writing the poetry collection.
Book review: Seriously, I can not really put into words just how beautiful this book and the poems within it is. This book is so amazing. Diamante Lavendar nailed it. If you (or anyone you are close to) have ever been abused or ever suffered under another’s hand you will understand.
I was a victim of spousal abuse years ago (I am now remarried to a wonderful man who would never hurt me). This is what I felt. This is what I went through. Diamante’ was taking what was inside me and putting it on paper! This was so real for me.
Taking away all the personal feelings – this was just a beautiful book. I loved every poem, they are so heartfelt. They spoke to me. They started out sad and EVERY one brought tears to my eyes! Then as the book goes on you could see the healing process. One of the titles says it all – Let Go and Let God Lead.
Another part that I really loved that doesn’t have anything to do with the poems but shows the attention to detail – There are branches on every page. In the beginning they are bare then in the middle they have little buds on them then at the end they are in full bloom. I just love this idea, it shows the progress that she went through.
I asked for a print copy of the book instead of an e-book because I knew this was going to be a keeper. This is one definitely worth your time – it will work its way into your heart – it did mine!
Review contributed by Wendy from Wall-to-Wall Books.