Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Light in Dark Places

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A Light in Dark Places In December, 2009, Susan Cox Powell was reported missing from her home in West Valley City, Utah. As law enforcement tried to piece together what had happened to Susan, her husband, Josh Powell, became the only person of interest in the case. For Jennifer Graves, Josh’s sister, the nightmare started long before Susan’s disappearance. From her experiences growing up in the Powell family to the terrifying moment when she first started to believe her brother was a killer, she relied on her faith to stay strong. She devoted herself to the safety of Susan’s boys, Charlie and Braden, whom she hoped to be able to raise as her own. When the boys were murdered by their father in February, 2012, Jennifer was more than devastated, but she had to believe there was a reason for it all—including the deaths of her beloved nephews. In A Light In Dark Places, Jennifer shares her struggles and her triumphs. In coming to terms with such tragedy she finally was able to embrace the truth that we all have the power to choose our own path—and there is always hope, no matter how dark things may seem.

I knew going into this book that it was going to be hard to read.  So emotional and such disturbing events.  I actually debated for quite awhile before committing to review this because I just wasn't sure I wanted to delve into this.  It's almost like an accident on the freeway or something where you don't want to see but you just can't look away.

I am really glad I read this book though.  I have such admiration for Jennifer Graves and what she is trying to accomplish by writing this book.  The things she has been through are so heart wrenching.  So, so sad.  But she is pushing forward.  She has found light in all the darkness that surrounded her and now she is trying to tell a story that could save others from the same fate.

Reading this book was hard.  It made me sad and it also made me angry.  Nobody should have to endure abuse in any form.  It takes bravery to tell this kind of story.  It's so personal and so devastating.  Jennifer Graves was raised in a twisted home full of darkness but she was able to break the cycle and rise above it.  Her beautiful family is a testament to her and her husband that cycles can be broken and one person can make a difference.  

Jennifer is speaking out for the voices that no longer can.  She is telling her story to help those who may be suffering similar things.  Her message is clear.  There is hope.  There is help.  Please get help before it's too late.  

I feel like I walk away from this book with a better understanding.  I walk away with a greater appreciation for the husband and family that I have, determined to never take that for granted.  I walk away with more compassion and empathy and hopefully knowledge that can help me if the day ever comes that I need it.

May God bless you, Jennifer Graves, and your family.  Thank you for sharing your message with me.  I won't forget.

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Jennifer Graves is the mother of 5 beautiful children, 2 girls and 3 boys. She and her husband have been happily married for 19 years and together have been active in their community and church. Jennifer is the sister of Josh Powell who killed his 2 sons, Charlie and Braden, as well as himself in February of 2012, and is also believed to have killed his wife, Susan Cox Powell, in December of 2009. She is the recipient of the 2013 ChainBreaker of the year Award, given for breaking the chain of abuse and violence in her family. She enjoys homeschooling their children and mentoring in classes for the commonwealth school they attend. She also loves reading, playing card and board games, and learning new things. Most of all she loves to spend time with her husband and children. They currently reside in West Jordan, UT.
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Emily Clawson is an author, a mother and a mentor. She traditionally writes inspirational fiction. This book has been a life changing experience for her and she is grateful to have been a part of telling this story. She resides in Taylorsville with her husband and four children where they run their leadership mentoring programs for youth.

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