ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
4 out of 5
Lavendar expertly organizes a lovely collection of smooth poems that flow well as one cohesive collection. In some pieces, she bares raw emotion as she confronts her past trauma as a victim of abuse. In others, she focuses on conveying an overwhelming sense of optimism despite her past. Over all, the collection is outstandingly positive, making for a fulfilling and pleasurable read. The religious tone helps to explain the author’s optimism and is not so overpowering so as to alienate potential non-Christian readers. Overall, Poetry and Ponderings makes for a quick yet delightful read. It’s satisfying in its simplicity and depth of emotion.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Diamante Lavendar has been in love with reading since she was a child. She spent many hours listening to her mother read to her when she was young. As she grew older, she enjoyed reading novels of all genres. Diamante believes that everyone should try to leave their own positive mark on the world, and to make it a better place for all. Writing is her way of leaving her mark—one story at a time. She began writing in college and has published poetry in anthologies over the years. Once her kids were grown, she wrote as a form of self-expression and decided she wanted to share her stories with others. Most of her writing is very personal and stems from her own experiences, and those of her family and friends. She writes to encourage hope and possibility to those who read her stories. To learn more about Diamante Lavendar and her books, please visit her website at: www.diamantelavendar.com.