7/13/17

Poetry and Ponderings - Diamante Lavendar


5+ Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
A Journey of Abuse and Healing Through Poetry
A raw collection of religious poetry and prose based on one Christian woman’s experiences of being abused, and how she healed herself with God’s love in order to move past the assaults.

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR/POET - 
Diamante Lavendar has been in love with reading since she was a child. 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. 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.

Please Do Not Weep

Do not fret
For your grievous loss;

Do not feel
Like a wave that is tossed;

Do not weep
By yourself, so alone;

For I am with you,
Soon you will be home.

The things of this world
Are transient and brief;

I will be your comfort,
Your ease and your peace;

Notice the good
And perceive  not the bad;

Observe what you've learned,
The lessons you've had;

For everything you've been through
Has come at a cost;

There is good in the bad,
You have won and not lost;

I have set you here, love,
And you shall I keep;

Do not lose hope,
And please do not weep.
MY THOUGHTS -
Seriously, I can not really put into words just how beautiful this book and the poems within it is. This book is so amazing. Diamante Lavendar nailed it. If you (or anyone you are close to) have ever been abused or ever suffered under another's hand you will understand.

I was a victim of spousal abuse years ago (I am now remarried to a wonderful man who would never hurt me). This is what I felt. This is what I went through. Diamante' was taking what was inside me and putting it on paper! This was so real for me.
Taking away all the personal feelings - this was just a beautiful book. I loved every poem, they are so heartfelt. They spoke to me. They started out sad and EVERY one brought tears to my eyes! Then as the book goes on you could see the healing process. One of the titles says it all - Let Go and Let God Lead.
Another part that I really loved that doesn't have anything to do with the poems but shows the attention to detail - There are branches on every page. In the beginning they are bare then in the middle they have little buds on them then at the end they are in full bloom. I just love this idea, it shows the progress that she went through. 

I asked for a print copy of the book instead of an e-book because I knew this was going to be a keeper. This is one definitely worth your time - it will work its way into your heart - it did mine!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Poetic Book Tours Thank You!
Order your copy from amazon - HERE

5 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for being on the blog tour.

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  2. Thank you for the beautiful, heartfelt review. I can feel your understanding in your words. It is an author's greatest compliment to have a reader understand. I am so grateful that I was able to express not only the anguish but also the healing. God Bless. <3

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    1. Well thank you for visiting my blog. I am honored!You have real talent as a writer. You have a gift - the gift of touching people and helping them. Keep using your Gift.
      I am sure I will be reading your book over and over.

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    2. Thank you so much! Your words mean the world to me in so many ways! It's always a pleasure to meet a kindred spirit!

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  3. I'm going to look out for this one. Thanks!

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