Tonight's special guest is Holland Meissner from East Brunswick, New Jersey, a survivor of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse who's the author of a book entitled "Dying to be Angry." The work is real, raw, and healing. The roots of the anger expressed in the book come from repressed emotions brought on by abuse. "Being abused trains us to be victims, Holland says. "I am a survivor of abuse (physical, sexual, and emotional) and have written a book titled "Dying to be Angry." She describes it as "real, raw, and healing. The roots of anger came from repressed emotions brought on by abuse--which is shared in the book." This book's about the unmaking and rebuilding of a human being. It's raw and written in today's vernacular. The language is obtuse and profane at times, but it authentically relays the message of anger and its roots. In one chapter Holland seems defeated. “I hope you never know the sting of someone saying they are sorry after they have hurt you to your core," she writes, "and you know they do not mean it.” In a next chapter, she is controllably enraged as she recounts events from her childhood, writing, "Here this six foot tall coward was crouched beside a bed full of little girls.” The Book "Dying to be Angry" is intended to point out the dangers of encouraging suppression of emotions in place of teaching appropriate dispelling of toxic feelings. Purposely a quick read, it's geared toward mature readers at all levels.
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