Falling in Love with Myself

By Savina Plescia Redpath

Biography & memoir | Paperback, eBook


This is a story of the difficulties which an Italian prisoner-of-war, and later immigrant and his family, had to endure in South Africa, and the toll it took on the family, and on the author, his daughter, in particular. It is especially an account of her battle to overcome the trauma of abuse during her childhood and youth, her years in an orphanage from age 7, and then growing up and rebelling against her father and the Sicilian culture he imposed on the family. She describes with honesty and emotion how she later in life worked through loss and severe depression, learned to value her heritage, to forgive both herself and those close to her, and finally to accept and love herself as a complete and beautiful person. Her story is one of trauma, depression, awareness, acceptance, forgiveness and ultimately of compassion and love.



This is my autobiography. My book is about seeing the innocence of my parents and it’s about 100 percent forgiveness. It is a book about finding my beautiful self and letting go of the so called person that I had always perceived myself to be. It has not been easy for me to reveal so much about my past, my childhood trauma, my tumultuous relationship with my father and the two years spent in an orphanage at the tender age of seven. I went through a terrible depression after my fourth child was born and then again when I lost my eldest son aged 20. I was dealing with feelings of abandonment again and experienced so much psychological and physical pain. The poverty my family experienced as immigrants living in South Africa after the 2nd world war and the many beatings I endured as the daughter of an Italian father whose conditioning and Sicilian culture I clashed with, took their toll. All this is poignantly described in my book, but the true message is that of Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness, and ultimately that of coming to accept myself for the beautiful and loving person that I am. This is my story of coming to know and understand that to surrender to “What Is” is the ultimate freedom, and that anger, resentment and bitterness are very destructive emotions. A very worthwhile read that many could benefit from as I gently take you along this journey of my life.


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This is my autobiography. My book is about seeing the innocence of my parents and it’s about 100 percent forgiveness. It is a book about finding my beautiful self and letting go of the so called person that I had always perceived myself to be. It has not been easy for me to reveal so much about my past, my childhood trauma, my tumultuous relationship with my father and the two years spent in an or...


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