You can heal your sorrows. You can share your joys.
I have lived long enough to believe that things happen for a purpose. If you believe that is true, read on dear friend. You are here for a reason.
I am committed to sharing the healing, hope and inspiration that has been showered down upon me during my life thus far--miracles, I guess you could say. To that end, I have written a memoir that is full of opposites: hope and despair, sadness and joy, tears and laughter; a tale of being lost and then found, broken and then mended. I offer my writing to the world with the sincere desire that those who come across "Broken Water" will find within the pages the words for feelings they have yet to express, space to feel them and the inspiration and motivation required to walk their unique path toward healing.
But this book is not about me alone. It is about 11 sisters who journeyed similar paths, though separated from each other. It is about the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood, healing from childhood abuse, and reclaiming a life to be lived to its fullest.
If this sounds like your type of book, please know that 10% of all profits is given to organizations that prevent child abuse. If not, I hope you find the other offerings on these pages to be of benefit to you or someone you love. I speak to you from my open heart. I hope you read and listen from yours.
I was three years old when I entered the orphanage. Here is a picture of me with a sister's arm around me. I wasn't unhappy. I didn't miss my mother. I was surrounded by the love and nurturance of my sisters. But, as is the case with most abandoned children, we were eventually separated and placed into foster care.
I was traumatized by the separation from my sisters. I would carry that within my broken heart for forty-three years. Until...
"Broken Water" is a memoir that tells the true story of my efforts to survive child abuse in a foster home while seeking to reunite with my sisters. It invites the reader to journey with me through a miraculous reunion followed by a 15-year effort to learn my family's history and to write each sister's heart-wrenching story of abuse and abandonment. It shares our experiences while living in orphanages, foster care and adoptions. Sadly, the stories of children in the system today are hauntingly familiar.
"Broken Water" is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, the strength of a bonded sisterhood, and the power found in having faith in miracles and something greater than the self.
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It is astonishing that all 11 of the sisters survived their childhood abuse and abandonment to overcome their trauma and became competent, successful parents themselves. The chapter quotes perfectly introduce the reader to the oncoming information and stories of each sister. Lane is to be highly commended for her perseverance in pursuing each sister’s individual story. Her writing pulls the reader into the emotions and depth of the trauma each sister experienced at such young ages from their parent's behavior and their foster care. Her sharing of the “knowingness” and the psychic tendencies that ran through the family including her father, is also important to their connection to each other and to the story. The research, travel involved, recording of each sister’s words, including the author’s personal story are riveting. Details and descriptions create excellent images for the reader. Photos of the sisters express a joy finally achieved. Broken Water is a powerful, compelling story that reveals the failure of orphanages and foster care of years past. It reinforces the need for close inspections of children who live in foster care or boarding schools today. This book was impossible to put down until I finished reading every word.
I am incredibly grateful and honored to have reached #1 bestseller on Amazon and to have been recognized with an Independent Press Award. However, the most meaningful recognition for me has come from my readers. Their feedback about how "Broken Water" has touched their hearts, aided in their healing process from abuse, loss, grief, and t
I am incredibly grateful and honored to have reached #1 bestseller on Amazon and to have been recognized with an Independent Press Award. However, the most meaningful recognition for me has come from my readers. Their feedback about how "Broken Water" has touched their hearts, aided in their healing process from abuse, loss, grief, and trauma is the greatest honor I could hope for. Learn more about how "Broken Water" came to be below.
This concise workbook will be your guide to design your journey to healing. I am grateful to have the opportunity to share with you the major steps I took in my own healing process from childhood trauma. This workbook has been utilized by therapists, clergy members, group leaders, and individuals alike, and it can help you find a path towards releasing the pain of your past experiences.
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My heart is dedicated to protecting and supporting children who have suffered from abuse and neglect. I also have a strong passion for helping individuals recover from traumatic childhoods. Ever since my book "Broken Water" was published, I have been overwhelmed with messages from readers who have found healing through its words. It's incredible how much power can be found in sharing our stories. I encourage you to connect with me on social media, subscribe to my blog and newsletter, and visit this website regularly for helpful resources as you navigate your personal journey towards healing from childhood wounds.
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I first started working with Barbara about 2004. When I first came to her I was suffering from depression, anxiety, and self-hatred as a result of many years of abuse from my father as I was growing up. She is absolutely the best counselor that I have ever worked with, and she very likely saved my life.
She is the first person in my life that I ever experienced unconditional love from, and she put me on a successful healing path that continues to this day. I now speak publicly about my years of childhood abuse and my eventual recovery, and I always talk about the most vital part of my recovery, which was working with a fantastic counselor. That counselor was Barbara Lane.
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