Readers’ comments

Annwyn has been blessed with some beautiful responses to her published work. If you have a comment to share please email annette@goldenagementor.co.nz.

Readers Comments : 

“I have just completed your book; I ‘stretched it out’ as much as I could. For me it had all the information I have been yearning to understanding for a long time… like I have had the knowings within myself but no words to explain. Thank you Annette, for having the courage, strength, LOVE to do this; I await the next book.   I am grateful to beautiful Tim.” Carol W.

“It is a heart-warming book that shows great discovery, learning and emotions where many mothers would have been left badly scarred. The book was read to me as a bed-time story, and it would never be left at home if I was going on a trip! I loved the pictures, and I also remember how wonderful and descriptive many of Annette’s dreams were.” Phoebe Grace P. (age 12)

“I was quite transfixed by your book and absorbed it in a kind of hunger to learn about your journey and the messages you wrote and brought through. I wept, I laughed, I paused to digest often, and I was thrilled with your connections with Tim and all that he could bring to you/us in this life. Now on re-reading it I am picking up even more understanding of your ‘Corky’ period of life, of how you came to understand messages sent to you – like the bird landing on the mast and the gecko in the teapot!”  Cathy H.

 

Please read this beautifully expressed account of how ‘Dry Your Tears’ affected 19 years old Issi, who openly shares her experiences of former despair,in the hope of encouraging other young people to find a purpose for living.

“Within the second page of the introduction of ‘Dry Your Tears’, Little Grace had summed up how I had felt throughout my teenage life; ‘that I was merely here by default for others that I loved. That my life had no intrinsic value and I would rather not be here.’ Fortunately, by the time I had finished the book, this long-held view had taken a short turn and while I have a lot to discover, for the first time I’m excited about the rest of my life.

‘Dry Your Tears’ is so much more than the story of a mother who journeyed from grief to love. I was struck by the insight into teenage life, especially the drug and alcohol culture that has become the norm for so many young people. Tim’s mature insight into the dangers, especially how sensitively he sums up the effect of marijuana as ‘it shot bullets through the wall of my Soul’ is something young people need to hear from others like them. So they may grow in a culture that values openness and honesty, not labels and stigmatism.

This fresh look at youth culture follows through to the ‘psychotic episode’ experienced by Tim, and the suicides that occurred just before his death, which again have become part of many people’s teenage years. Appearing mad, and the treatment of the deemed mentally ill causes so many people, both young and old to fear speaking out about they feel, many turning to drugs and alcohol as an escape. The honesty in which Little Grace speaks about her guilt and new found perspectives on the treatment for people deemed mentally ill, gave me hope of change.

There are many areas of guilt throughout the book, and when Little Grace questions if she ‘had turned into a self-centred creature’ for leaving loved ones behind to sail around the world echoed my own feelings of guilt for leaving my life and charity work back home. As I plan for more than a year’s travelling the guilt and doubt of where I fit into people’s lives intensifies. However I am now learning that finding my own happiness and helping others are not mutually exclusive as I previously thought. Little Grace helped me see that they are entwined and being happy will in turn lead me to help others.

The Chapter ‘My life was Not Cut Short’ left me feeling the most uplifted. Following the death of a friend, also seventeen, five years ago and subsequent effects on a whole group of young people who then found their own lives put on hold at an age where you constantly struggle to define yourself; they found themselves defined by grief. Again I experienced firsthand the destructive nature of this talk after a number of attempted suicides by my sister.  Knowing now that neither Tony, nor Tim have lost out on life but gained so much allows me to find comfort and share this with my own community so that hopefully in the years to come their lives can slowly rebuild.

On a day, out of nowhere, I was given a new perspective on life, myself, and human nature. This book echoes so many of my fears and pains while giving me an insight into a future that I had given up believing was possible.   Issi (age 19)

To order a copy of “Dry Your Tears” email annette@goldenagementor.co.nz

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