Award-winning Author Rochelle Soetan vividly shares her most compelling work yet in new memoir Bridges: A Season of Surrender, a narrative of one woman’s journey of redemption, inspiration, and a return to self-love.
The memoir openly examines trauma and its impact on identity, womanhood, motherhood and courage, from the perspective and place in time in Rochelle's young adult life. The author shares her journey of marriage, motherhood, intercultural relations, suicidal ideation, a battle with PTSD, and the awareness and inspiration that saved her life more than 20 years ago. Rochelle candidly invites the reader in for a front row seat of a journey where she describes a life occurrence of fear, transformation, and what it means to be brave.
Her passion through literature, speaking, teaching, mentoring and activism aligns with the timeliness of this release. It comes at a pivotal point in American history that explores the awareness of mental health and draws attention to the increase in suicidal ideation over the past five years.
She quotes, "A journey of many years of prescription drugs, personal anxieties, fear, self-forgiveness, self-doubt and depression in my own life became evident through the echoes and stories of other survivors and courageous women everywhere. Like me, these warriors had fallen, crashed, cried, burned, crawled, bruised, surrendered and rose again. They were the reflection in my mirror. Our journeys differed but our pressures were the same, compressed like crackled bones between the head and heart, scattered after the war. We were strangers and friends alike, learning to swim, save, and support one another."
Bridges will provide readers a bridge to connect to their inner resilience while being blanketed with beautiful words of insight, encouragement and inner strength. Rochelle's commitment to honor what life’s possibilities are made of further inspire her belief that awareness is the bridge to facilitate the shift from obliviousness to mindfulness.
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