A lovely, inspirational little book…
Review by Betty Dravis
This is a powerful little book… a lovely reading pleasure, filled with heartbreak and wisdom. It’s part memoir, part helpful information for people with problems such as depression and low self-esteem.
The author, Betty Cosgrave, is an inspiration to all…or she should be. Born in the 1950’s into a struggling family in the small town of Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, Cosgrave survived a childhood that would overwhelm most people. From the age of three she was on her own, practically raising herself. Due to circumstances of poverty in Ireland, her mother often worked two jobs and when not working she went gambling to help add to the family coffers. She was never home and when she was, she neglected Betty. In fact her mother and other adult women in the family seemed incapable of showing love. But as the very forgiving Betty says, “She was a hard-working woman.”
The father worked and lived in England, so they only saw him once every few years. Betty wove daydreams around him, but each time he came he mentally abused her, telling her she was no good and the cause of all their problems, etc. He eventually quit coming and built another life for himself in England.
Luckily, for the little girl, she had a gift…a gift for self-healing she calls “listening to the whisperings of her soul.” Due to the horrendous mental abuse by her father, Cosgrave learned to “get out of her body” and she became a rather strange little girl, sitting on the floor rocking back and forth. That soothed her and she eventually developed other healing tools that she discovered deep within herself.
Her sisters were supposed to help her but were older and self-centered, so she literally did raise herself. During her journey, however, she met a few remarkable people who helped her mature, including her future husband.
But this author tells her story much more eloquently than I ever could, so you will have to read for yourself to learn how she managed to grow into a successful healer and nurturer of all.
Cosgrave divides her book into four parts: 1.) memoir; 2.) explanation of her concept of the whispering soul; 3.) self-help techniques and useful tips; and 4.) case histories. She hooked me in the interesting foreword, and it was hard to put this book down until the last page was read. I read it in two settings, which is unusual for me.
The memoir of her childhood was heart-breaking, yet beautiful in a unique way; her entire journey through life lifted me up. To see this child/woman educate herself and change her circumstances was awesome. I also enjoyed reading about the whispering soul concept and her helpful tips. She gives three case histories, ending with her own. They were all wounded people with different problems, but made remarkable progress under Betty’s care.
What really blows my mind is that Betty accomplished such great things by listening to her soul, then went on to help others, eventually writing this inspiring book…even though she couldn’t read or write until she was thirty-five. The book was very well formatted, an easy, mesmerizing reading experience, and I admire this author greatly.
The book cover states: “For those of us struggling with all of the challenges that life drops in our way, Betty offers her wisdom as a beacon in the darkness.” I highly recommend this powerful book. I went away feeling as though I know Betty Cosgrave and I hope you get a chance to meet her, to read her. (She’s now married with children and is still working with the wounded of the world.)
Reviewed by Betty Dravis, May 1, 2010
Author of “Dream Reachers” (with Chase Von) and other books
This review is from a copy the author mailed to me. Thanks, Betty Cosgrave.