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Dr. Kitty Fallon
5.0 out of 5 starsI've read it twice and each time did not want to put it down! Powerful journey shared with eloquence and grace!
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2017
This is a powerful story of bush whacking through life's complexities when childhood faith lessons offer no solace for life's brutalities. I recommend this book highly for bibliotherapy for individuals healing from sexual trauma and domestic violence. Leona surpassed surviving and is courageously putting herself out there to share her story. Her perspective and wisdom should be highly sought out by faith communities wanting to better serve their followers, domestic violence advocates, therapists, counselor educators and future counselors, and any person balancing a faith that may not sufficiently speak to their life journeys. May Leona's daring vulnerability be a light to each of us who live bravely with our unique experiences!
3.0 out of 5 starsA brave and beautiful story of love and faith
Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2017
I enjoyed reading Leona's journey through the struggles of love and faith. Her childhood on the farm, her relationship with her wonderful dad, the doubts and blind acceptance of her faith are all rendered with detail and clarity. The awful relationship with Ron, the struggle for selfhood, the rising consciousness of feminism are themes. There are times I felt a professional editor could have enhanced the story. There are long dialogues that do little to move the story forward, and monologues that cause one's eyes to glaze over.
5.0 out of 5 starsBeautiful Writing, Compelling Story
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2017
This is no ordinary memoir. It is no ordinary book, and this is no ordinary woman. Leona Stucky faced an immense trauma--and a resulting ongoing, years-long fear--that most people would not have been able to endure without succumbing to crippling psychological damage. I know Stucky, not well but as the friend of a friend, and she is a very well put together, soft-spoken, lovely and loving person. And now I know her to be a remarkably courageous person.
Her book is so compellingly written that adulatory words almost fail me. I didn't particularly want to read it, but the writing and the story grabbed me from the beginning, and I constantly wanted to get back to it whenever I had to put it down. Stucky describes her large, close-knit family and its Kansas farm life in a beautiful descriptive style that brings the reader right onto the farm and inside her initially happy life. Later, as her abusive boyfriend and her fear enter the story, her style changes to show this, through a faster, almost suspenseful pace that clearly conveys her trauma. She makes you need to know what comes next and, because she's brought you into her story, how her life can possibly go on. Unbelievably, the trauma of the abuse she faced is not the only significant tragedy in Stucky's life.
This is a very compelling and thought-provoking book, and the fact that it is autobiographical makes it all the more so. In spite of knowing that the author ultimately survived, there were numerous times in the book when I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how on earth she would get out of this situation. It covers a lot of ground, both in terms of her ongoing relationships and her ultimately changed viewpoint in regard to her faith. Highly recommended!
How does a person who probably should have been dead 16, or 18, or 22 years old, keep living? How does a person who should have been a welfare mother work to obtain multiple advanced degrees? How does a woman who had a hand held upon her mouth and a knife held at her throat not merely survive but thrive? This is part the incredible journey of Dr. Leona Stucky. The other part is her long wrestling match with god. I was astonished and inspired by by this incredible true tale of an extraordinary woman. Moreover, in this second decade of the 21st Century, it is relevant and timely reading. Please read it. You will sometimes want to put it down and rest, but you will continue because Dr. Stucky compels you to do so.
I had an opportunity to read "The Fog of Faith" in an early draft and again now as a published book. While I was impressed with my initial reading, I'm an even bigger fan now. Leona Stucky-Abbott has given us an outstanding personal picture of a joyful childhood interrupted by a domestic violence relationship. We learn how challenging it is to become free of an extremely abusive nindiciual and the resiliency of Leona in rebuilding her life. She is determined to get an education and she does. We are also given an intimate insight into her questioning of traditional faith. This is an important read for everyone in the field of domestic abuse. It is also a fast and compelling read and very hard to put the book down!! Thank you Leona for sharing so openly and honestly.
5.0 out of 5 starsLeona's courageous truth-telling reveals the resiliency of her body, mind heart and soul!
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2017
I can't imagine living this story, much less sharing it with the world. And yet, I'm so grateful that Leona's shared her journey, giving hope to so many who have endured the unendurable. Leona's capacity for holding love is truly miraculous.
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2018
What a formidable, extraordinary, and inspiring journey for a girl (with those experiences) to grow to be stronger, even more compassionate, and the accomplished psychotherapist that she is today! It makes me want to hear more of her life! She has an amazing talent for putting thoughts into words, which she now also uses to help us clients/patients to communicate and heal.