Thursday, September 11, 2014

Blog Tour: Hope After Suicide by Wendy Parmley

Book Description:

After her mother took her own life, Wendy Parmley learned firsthand the heartache, despair, and loneliness that accompanies losing a loved one to suicide. At one point she even contemplated taking her own life as well. In this uplifting true narrative, you too can discover how to:

  Forgive yourself and others
  Open your heart
  Seek help when you need it
  Draw closer to the divine

Embrace the light and learn how to heal your soul and overcome loss as you read this touching and tender account of a woman opening her heart years after her mother’s suicide. 

Purchase Hope After Suicide: One Woman’s Journey from Darkness to Light at:

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Rorie's Review:

I very hesitantly agreed to read this book. I tend to stick to books that have somewhat happy endings, and I wasn't sure how I would handle reading a story about someone dealing with her mother's suicide. I can't say that I enjoyed this book, because this isn't the type of book that you enjoy reading. I was captivated by it, however. I finished the book in a few days, something that is unusual for me. I found myself choking back tears several times while reading about all of the horrible things that the author and her family went through.

I would have liked to have had more information on the author's siblings - what they went through and where they are today, but, like the author states, those are their stories to tell, not hers.

All in all, this is a hard book to recommend, due to the heaviness of the subject matter, but it is full of hope and that is something that could be very helpful to someone who is going through a similar situation.

About the Author:

(Photo courtesy of Alyse Neibaur at Diamond Eye)

Wendy Parmley suffered a disabling bike accident in September 2011.  Unable to return to her 20 year nursing career because of the continued effects of her injuries, Wendy began the slow and painful penning of her angel mother’s story and Wendy’s healing journey following her mom’s suicide death.  Wendy’s mom took her own life when just 31 years old, leaving behind her husband of thirteen years and their five young children.

Wendy has long advocated for suicide prevention and has participated on various professional and community based groups dedicated to that end.  She also recognizes the need to unashamedly support those who must continue to live in the painful aftermath of a loved one’s suicide and passionately lends her voice to that cause.

Prior to her bike accident, Wendy worked in nursing leadership for 14 years, earning her MBA degree from Brigham Young University in 2007.  Despite her continued limitations, Wendy is grateful to spend more time with the love of her life, her husband Mark.  She is ever grateful for his support and the support of their three married sons and their wives, their amazing daughter, and their beautiful two grandchildren who fill their life with sunshine.