They left in the middle of the night—often carrying little more than the knowledge to follow the North Star. Between 1830 and the end of the Civil War in 1865, an estimated one hundred thousand slaves became passengers on the Underground Railroad, a journey of untold hardship, in search of freedom. In Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, Jeanine Michna-Bales presents a remarkable series of images following a route from the cotton plantations of central Louisiana, through the cypress swamps of Mississippi and the plains of Indiana, north to the Canadian border— a path of nearly fourteen hundred miles. The culmination of a ten-year research quest, Through Darkness to Light imagines a journey along the Underground Railroad as it might have appeared to any freedom seeker. Framing the powerful visual narrative is an introduction by Michna-Bales; a foreword by noted politician, pastor, and civil rights activist Andrew J. Young; and essays by Fergus M. Bordewich, Robert F. Darden, and Eric R. Jackson.
Washed Away: From Darkness to Light is a memoir that recounts the experiences of model Nikki DuBose as she overcomes a more than seventeen-year battle with abuse, child sexual victimization, eating disorders, psychosis, alcoholism, drugs, depression, suicide attempts, body dysmorphic disorder, and various other mental health issues, all while trying to navigate through the dark side of the fashion industry. Her journey began as a young, introverted child with a florid imagination growing up in Charleston, South Carolina. By the age of eight she had been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused and had developed an eating disorder. The abuse warped Nikki's self-perception and sparked patterns of psychosis, depression and destructive behavior that stayed with her into adulthood. In her early twenties she began working as a television host and started a career in modeling. Eventually Nikki attained success, appearing on the covers of magazines such as Maxim, shooting for editorials like Vanity Fair, Glamour and FHM, and appearing in campaigns for Perry Ellis. Cast into a world of excess, superficiality, and vanity, Nikki traveled the globe and experienced the finest that the material world had to offer, all while feeling empty inside. Her disorders, addictions and mental health issues took her to the brink of mortality and only though a deeply painful inner-battle and her mother's death was she able to reconnect the lost pieces of her soul and see the person she had so long rejected. Her recovery from a nearly lifelong struggle with PTSD, psychosis, addictions and eating disorders has left Nikki with a passionate longing to help others who are also suffering by advocating for mental health and self-acceptance. In America, more than sixty-one million individuals are affected by mental illness. Child sexual abuse affects more than forty-five million people in the United States alone, yet it is still regarded as one of the most shameful issues to date. Eating disorders affect millions and are one of the most destructive and life-threatening mental afflictions today – anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychological illness. Despite the extent of the suffering, eating disorders and mental health issues are poorly understood in popular culture and are often stigmatized, mocked, or even glorified because of misconceptions and ignorance over the seriousness of the manner. Although the modeling industry has made strides towards body diversity in the past couple of years, there is a lack of education and awareness surrounding eating disorders and other mental health issues. We believe that through the recent societal trends and improved sharing of information, we are beginning to break this paradigm, therefore another aim of this book will be to educate the public. Washed Away: From Darkness to Light will serve as a testimony to others to let them know that they are not alone in their fears, doubts, and frustrations, and that through recovery all things are possible. “A compelling and educational read about the dark side of the fashion business and its effect on mental health. Nikki draws upon her experiences of overcoming a life-threatening eating disorder as she navigates through the industry, all while wrestling with a broken home life and struggling to discover her inner voice. Nikki’s story is truly remarkable and will serve as a beacon to anyone who has ever doubted their own intrinsic value. I highly recommend Washed Away: From Darkness to Light.” —Brian Cuban, Attorney, Author (Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder), Activist “I was truly amazed by her determination to live life. I saw a woman that had every reason to quit and remain silent, but she chose to break through every obstacle that challenged her. I am very grateful that she has taken on the challenge to not only speak about her experience, but to fight for change in laws that will empower children and survivors to protect themselves. We all need to learn from Nikki and use our voices to create positive change. It is no longer okay for the silence to outweigh the tough discussion. Ignorance will not stop child sex predators from harming our children.” —Matthew Sandusky, Founder & Executive Director of Peaceful Hearts Foundation, Author (Undaunted: Breaking My Silence to Overcome the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse), Speaker “To endure what DuBose has within her first decade proves more than most could handle in a lifetime, yet she looks back at her life with grace and a rare honesty. As she takes us through the overly sexualized fashion industry as an international top model, she gives the no-holds barred account on mental illness, rape, and eating disorders that our society so desperately needs.” —Neesha Arter, Journalist & Author (Controlled) “Washed Away: From Darkness to Light is an incredible story of one brave woman’s perseverance in the face of daunting life circumstances. Nikki DuBose details her chilling experiences with an eating disorder, childhood sexual abuse, alcoholism and drug abuse - and how she found the strength to rise above and find recovery. This powerful read will inspire those in their own recovery journeys.” —Kristina Saffran, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director at Project HEAL
I had two wishes in my life; one for true happiness, and the other for true love. This is my story through my poetry. Poems of my darkest days, and of the tragic love I shared with past lovers. Followed by poems of my passage into light, and finding true love.
Author: Frank And Joan Testa
Publisher: Xulon Press
Release Date: 2011-12
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Frank Testa was a Catholic priest for 13 years, after 8 years of seminary in the U.S. and Europe. Joan Testa was a Dominican nun for 22 years. They have been pastors and missionaries for 31 years. "From Darkness to Light," written with love for Catholics, is a plea to all who are in religious bondage to "come out from among them" before it is too late. Religious systems of the world are deciding their destinies as they submit to the global antichrist economic and political system emerging on the horizon. The Vatican has taken the lead in embracing a network of world religions. Religious and Political Babylon are brokering positions of power on the world stage at this very hour. The Holy Spirit is calling people to heed the warning of the Book of the Revelation: "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." Revelation 18: 4-5 ALPHA AND OMEGA MINISTRIES P.O. Box 294 Christiana, Pennsylvania 17509 [email protected] www.alphaandomegaministries.info
Why does knowledge make us see things we don't want to see? Why does it make us suffer more than it makes us happy? Why do we exist in a world with dominating curses more than blessings? Why can't we define the true meaning of happiness, and barely smell its odor? When are we going to finally start asking the right questions? Why are we down here on this planet, asked to seek perfection in an imperfect world? What was the true reason behind making Prophet Adam eat from the forbidden tree? When do artists finally reach their point of perfection? If human beings, animals and insects have their own psychology, what about other creatures among which are invisible ones? Not all explanations are mentioned in books... But till when will we have questions without any answers? Searching for a way, some souls ask: Why does darkness exist, while light seems endless? We search for the key chain, while we don't even know which door is the right one! But, who's she; who astonished his life, captured the sundered pieces of his heart, and brought him the keys to tons of buried secrets... the one who didn't fear touching his wounds, and the one who anticipated all his moves? Some masts are old enough to be one of the antiques the sea carries or swallows, yet it still supports the deck, controls the ship, and above its towering apex, it guides the captain... It's still a lively organ in the giant space of the sea. He stood there, his body straight and solid as a mast, while erecting from such bemusements... with the strength of a sailor, the knowledge of a captain and the vision of an artist, he sailed for his journey, toward the endless seas of the Universe...
All these years while my children were growing up, it was too difficult for me to talk about my past. The immense terrifying madness that had erupted in history, and in the conscience of humankind was too painful As my children grew up they started to ask questions about their grandmother and grandfather. Finally I told them a little history of the war in Europe. The Nazis in Germany set out to build a society in which there simply would be no room for the Jews. Toward the end of their reign, their goal changed; they wanted to leave behind a world in ruins in which Jews would never to have existed. The Germans everywhere in Russia, in the Ukraine, and in Lithuania, carried out the Final Solution by turning their machine guns on more than a million Jews, who were not only killed but were denied burial in a cemetery. It is obvious that the war, which Hitler and his accomplices waged, was a war not only against Jewish men, women, and children but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, therefore Jewish memory. Yet having lived through this experience, I could not keep silent no matter how difficult, if not impossible, it was for me to speak. I had many things to say, I did not have the words to tell them. How was I to speak of what happened without trembling, heartbroken for all eternity, The hunger thirst fear transport selection fire chimney. When it came to tell them, what did happen to their grandparents, aunts and uncles, no words came out of my mouth, we all started to cry. In 1974, November I was given a testimonial dinner for serving as post Commander of the J.W.V. in Orangeburg New York. The editor of our town's newspaper came to our house to interview me knowing that I was a Holocaust survivor.
Author: Charlie Morley
Publisher: Hay House, Inc
Release Date: 2017-05-30
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
The Shadow is the part of us made up of all that we hide from others: our shame, our fears and our wounds, but also our divine spirit, our blinding beauty and our hidden talents. The Shadow is not bad - in fact it is the source of our creativity and power - but until we bring it into the light this power will remain untapped and our full potential unreached.
Using practical exercises sourced from lucid dreaming and dream-work, Tibetan Buddhism and mindfulness meditation, this book explores how to:
Transform the dark and light shadow side
Meet the shadow through your dreams
Unlock your creativity
Transform Nightmares through lucid dreaming
Manifest your hidden potential
Make friends with fear & anxiety
Decrease stress through Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep
This book will show you how to fearlessly embrace your shadow side in both your dreams and daily life, thereby manifesting the awakened power of your full potential.
The Odyssey of Leadership is filled with great uncertainty and is taken by only a few. It takes an exceptional effort to rise from being a good leader to a great leader. This book provides a unique roadmap for leaders and office bearers in all walks of life, aspiring to become great leaders.
This diverse collection of traditional hymn-tune settings presents musical offerings to heighten the spiritual emotions of congregants during the most important and dramatic seasons of the church year. Written with contemporary flair, but easy to master, each title completely captures the essence of its associated hymn.
This is a small history of the life of a girl born in 1953. She was raised by her grandmother. Back in those days, there were things we could not ask, which means there were things we did not know. They say you learn from your mistakes. There are a lot of things that could be avoided through communication and listening; without it, a child could feel like he or she isthey are not loved by their family. This will cause you to go through life with blinders on, but sometimes, love will prevail. My timeline started when I was four years old. This is when my father died. He died in a car accident, and he and some of his friends were partying and drinking. They all got in the car with their girlfriends; my father was cheating on my mother. Nonetheless, it was six of them— three men and three ladies. They were speeding and drunk. The driver lost control of the car and ran off the road into a canal, and the car ended up in the canal of water . My father was in the backseat of the car; he died, and so did his girlfriend. Wasn’t that a blimp? He left Mama and six children behind because of his foolishness. This was a disaster for my mother. It was so hard for her, but she did what she had to do to keep us together as a family. We were so young, from four months to sixteen years. Mother did not get along with my dad’s mother, so she did not have much help. Her mother stayed far away from where we lived, but if or when she needed her mother, she was there. Eventually, my mother was forced to move to where her mother lived so she could help her raise us children. We were raised rough. My daddy’s parents had a farm that we were raised working on it—I loved it. By the way, I am a twin. Everything my twin did, I did it too. I and my twin are one—you can’t get between us unless you want to fight. We are identical twins. My mother had another set of twins; they were boy and girl, Erick and Eva. We moved to Chestnut Grove. My uncle and aunt came and moved us all. No one wanted to move, but we had no choice. It was not open for discussion. We were brought to a strange town where we knew no one. Mom was very unhappy. She tried to move back but was brought right back. After a few attempts, she gave up and settled in. Mom confined herself to her room for quite a while; she was drowning in sorrowshe was drowning . We lost our mother for a while; we had only ourselves and Grandmother. One thing my mother always insisted on was that we all stayed together. She always had the satisfaction in knowing that her children were always there with her. We know she loved us just as we loved her—only my grandmother was running the show. It’s been five years now since we made the move. Mom is straight, and we all have adjusted to our new home. My granny has some very strict rules, which were too hard to follow. We were having serious problems. We were not allowed to go anywhere unless it was church. Don’t get me wrong, I love church, but there are other things that I would like to have done also, like going to a friend’s house. We all call it the jailhouse; we stayed on lockdown around there. After we (me and my twin) gotreached sixteen years old, things were getting rough around there. Some of us began to speak up for ourselves. With that, there were major problems and repercussions. There were a lot of things that we should have known about the facts of life that we were never told. We were not able to discuss sex at all. If we asked questions about sex, we were called hoes and sluts and were accused of having sex—so no questions, no problems. One day, we were looking at a soap show on TV, and Snapper kissed Jill, and because they were kissing, my granny turned the TV off and called us hot in the rump. She said we were sitting there making our private parts jump. I tried my best not to laugh, but I could not hold it. I burst out laughing. My sisters got scared of what my granny was going to do to me. I looked at
She Has Awaken is a memoir of a Long Journey of Hope, Faith, Love, Courage and Healing. e. Rhonda wanted to share this book of her poetry. These poems are written about a child who went through childhood abuse. This is the beginning of her journey and the abuse she went through. Emotional, sexual, physical and the lost of herself. For years the little girl lived in a world of secrets, shame, guilt and total darkness. Her voice came through writing. All the feelings she hid inside came out through those words on the blank pages. Through many years of counseling she has escaped the dark world she once lived. She now lives in a world of light everyday she is healing. Her journey is still ahead one step at a time. She hopes her poems will let those who went through abuse. know there is hope. Stand firm, stand strong and always keep your head up.