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A winner of ten awards for nonfiction writing, poetry and religion/spiritual writing! 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 h A winner of ten awards for nonfiction writing, poetry and religion/spiritual writing! 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.


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A winner of ten awards for nonfiction writing, poetry and religion/spiritual writing! 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 h A winner of ten awards for nonfiction writing, poetry and religion/spiritual writing! 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.

39 review for Poetry and Ponderings: A Journey of Abuse and Healing Through Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wall-to-wall books - wendy

    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 wa 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! I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Poetic Book Tours - Thank You!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    My Thoughts: I consider Poetry and Ponderings more than a book of poetry. It is a treasure of encouragement, comfort, and wisdom. Some of the poems are Christian based. Most of them are memories of life experiences, and how she felt and what she learned. They are a journaling of her life. The poems are powerful. Lavendar pours her heart out on paper. Whether those feelings are anger or sadness. Most of the poems are non-rhyming or free verse. One of my favorite poems is on page 73. Enlightened Affirm My Thoughts: I consider Poetry and Ponderings more than a book of poetry. It is a treasure of encouragement, comfort, and wisdom. Some of the poems are Christian based. Most of them are memories of life experiences, and how she felt and what she learned. They are a journaling of her life. The poems are powerful. Lavendar pours her heart out on paper. Whether those feelings are anger or sadness. Most of the poems are non-rhyming or free verse. One of my favorite poems is on page 73. Enlightened Affirmations. I love this poem, because it moves past the anger and pain, and focuses on the healing of forgiveness. Lay down your weapons; embrace and be one; Forgiveness will reign when the battle is done. A second favorite poem is on pages 106-107. The Journey is the title. Two favorite lines are, “To forge our paths through the dust and darkness, To rise up and become what we were meant to be.” And the last stanza, “And that is when we will know our journey has been worthwhile, And we are much richer for having taken it.” At this point in my journey of recovery from abuse, these lines spoke to me. I have come a long ways since I began recovery. It feels very good to be where I am! Source: Free paperback copy from Diamante Lavendar. A Poetic Book Tours book review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    I love reading poetry. There's something so beautiful about the memories and emotions that are captured. I recently read "Poetry and Ponderings" by Diamante Lavendar, and while the memories and emotions were extremely difficult, they were still expressed so beautifully.  I can absolutely relate to writing poetry to help process emotions and past experiences that have gutted you. Pouring your heart out into a poem is like holding your beating heart in your hand - you're exposed, uncomfortable, but I love reading poetry. There's something so beautiful about the memories and emotions that are captured. I recently read "Poetry and Ponderings" by Diamante Lavendar, and while the memories and emotions were extremely difficult, they were still expressed so beautifully.  I can absolutely relate to writing poetry to help process emotions and past experiences that have gutted you. Pouring your heart out into a poem is like holding your beating heart in your hand - you're exposed, uncomfortable, but ultimately, you're examining what's inside. And it does help with healing.  In "Poetry and Ponderings", it feels like Lavendar is opening up the pages of her journal for us to see. It's very personal, and in the beginning, her wounds are clearly depicted. And then as the book goes on, you can see the wheels of healing begin to turn. Lavendar takes a lot of comfort in her faith and in the love of her family - and shining through it all is a message of hope. That you can go through something that shatters you and make it through to the other side.  My favorite poem was titled "To Give": Had I never found truth I would not know how to live. Had I never known love, I would not know how to give.  Had I never felt hardship,  I would have no compassion. Had I never journeyed for purpose,  I would have no expression.  I really enjoyed reading this book and I've gone back and re-read it a couple of times. I think my only criticism was the "Enlightened Affirmations" at the beginning of every chapter. I would have preferred to let the poetry speak for itself. But it doesn't take away from the poems at all, and overall I thought it was a great collection. I admire Lavendar's courage in speaking up about her abuse. Breaking the silence is the only way to break the stigma surrounding sexual abuse and allow victims to become empowered instead of shamed. This review is also posted on my blog at: http://www.mia-sutton.com/home/book-r....

  4. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    This is a lovely, uplifting collection of poems and encouraging affirmations. When this book was offered for review I sensed it would be one I would like. As I started to read it this was confirmed. Some of the poems reflect a foundation of faith, trust, healing and hope in God. Others reflect emotional memories and positive views to face the future. I have not suffered through abuse and I certainly cannot imagine what Ms. Lavendar’s childhood of abuse was like and the pain she came through. She This is a lovely, uplifting collection of poems and encouraging affirmations. When this book was offered for review I sensed it would be one I would like. As I started to read it this was confirmed. Some of the poems reflect a foundation of faith, trust, healing and hope in God. Others reflect emotional memories and positive views to face the future. I have not suffered through abuse and I certainly cannot imagine what Ms. Lavendar’s childhood of abuse was like and the pain she came through. She does not make it graphic but she does share enough to give the reader a feeling of sorrow for the sadness of a child denied love and protection. Somewhere along her journey she found faith, healing and the beauty of love. She shares this beauty and wonderful positive encouragements in this book. Not all the affirmations are ‘new’ thoughts but they are beautifully worded and reminded me of encouragement cards I used to buy for friends in my youth. I could share many of the affirmations but one I particularly like is on page 117: “Hardships are often gifts in roughly presented packages.” One of my favorite of the poems was the second poem, on page 2, Take Time to Know Me. This is a poem where God encourages His child to stop and look around at creation and see Him there and know His love. Another is Laughter, on page 110, which encourages finding laughter on a hard, trying day as it will help you triumph over the trial. I soon thought of several friends to whom I would like to gift this book as I know they would appreciate the positive beauty and affirmations of life and love. I highly recommend this to anyone who needs a lifting word and to those who just want to experience the beauty of recognizing joy in the journey, no matter how difficult. I am thankful to the author and tour to have received this print book for tour review through Poetic Book Tours.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rajalakshmi Prithviraj

    This collection of poetry is a must read for every individual, irrespective of caste, creed, gender, country or religion. I am not a Christian yet I believe in the truth that God takes care of every child. The collection comprises of poems which encompass the pain and guilt that abuse or negative incidents can have on a person. When one expresses pain, the person lives those painful moments all over again. And trust me, it is not easy to do so. Hats off to Diamante for being so candid. Diamante's This collection of poetry is a must read for every individual, irrespective of caste, creed, gender, country or religion. I am not a Christian yet I believe in the truth that God takes care of every child. The collection comprises of poems which encompass the pain and guilt that abuse or negative incidents can have on a person. When one expresses pain, the person lives those painful moments all over again. And trust me, it is not easy to do so. Hats off to Diamante for being so candid. Diamante's witing is simple yet powerful. Her expressions have a subtle message in every page. In fact, even the use of illustrations on her page conveys her rise as a phoenix. The imageries are powerful and the words empiwer the reader at every step. The poet has ensured that every piece written by her evokes emotions. This collection is a tribute to all those silent voices who continue to suffer. There is power in every piece, the power to rise from the ashes like a phoenix, to rediscover oneself. It instils courage, it gives hope and above all, it brings about a sense of peace. To sum up, this is a must-have and must-read collection for all poetry lovers. These powerful pieces would inspire every individual whether he or she has suffered or otherwise. An amazing and excellent anthology that can be read in one sitting but would leave its imprint for a lifetime. P.S - Thank you Serena and Poetic Book Tours for introducing me to a wonderful poet in exchange for an honest review. The view is my opinion.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Poetry And Ponderings: A Journey Of Abuse And Healing Through Poetry by Diamante Lavendar is a beautiful collection of both poetry and prose. Diamante Lavendar has a real masterful way with words. She uses them to get her deepest feelings across. The poems vary in length and layout. Each one tells a story. As the book progresses, hope steps in. A beautiful and powerful collection that would sit well on any shelf. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expr Poetry And Ponderings: A Journey Of Abuse And Healing Through Poetry by Diamante Lavendar is a beautiful collection of both poetry and prose. Diamante Lavendar has a real masterful way with words. She uses them to get her deepest feelings across. The poems vary in length and layout. Each one tells a story. As the book progresses, hope steps in. A beautiful and powerful collection that would sit well on any shelf. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Malandrinos

    Poetry and Ponderings by Diamante Lavendar might just be the most powerful collection you'll ever read. Journaling her way through abuse and eventual healing, Lavendar holds back nothing: pain, anger, hate, sadness, acceptance, revelation, peace, healing... Meant to encourage and inspire other victims of abuse, this captivating collection of poetry and prose will make you cry, will make you think, and will stay with you long after you've turned the last page. You will want to hold onto this one a Poetry and Ponderings by Diamante Lavendar might just be the most powerful collection you'll ever read. Journaling her way through abuse and eventual healing, Lavendar holds back nothing: pain, anger, hate, sadness, acceptance, revelation, peace, healing... Meant to encourage and inspire other victims of abuse, this captivating collection of poetry and prose will make you cry, will make you think, and will stay with you long after you've turned the last page. You will want to hold onto this one and read it again.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannan Williams

    Wow, what a powerful book this was. It's real, raw, honest and written in a beautiful way. The author expresses her feelings well. These poems were obviously written from the heart and really had a way of pulling you in. The poems tell a story, from that of being a victim of abuse to one of healing. *I received a copy of this book from the author. The opinions stated here are solely my own.* Wow, what a powerful book this was. It's real, raw, honest and written in a beautiful way. The author expresses her feelings well. These poems were obviously written from the heart and really had a way of pulling you in. The poems tell a story, from that of being a victim of abuse to one of healing. *I received a copy of this book from the author. The opinions stated here are solely my own.*

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