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Raising Abel
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                01-29-2012, 06:38 PM by lauren

                Carolyn Nash asked me to review this and she let me have a copy to read.  I was happy to do so.


                You will read many other reviews on Amazon and Kirkus that stress what an important and accurate book this is, and especially so for foster and adoptive parents. I totally agree. This book is exceptional not only because it outlines just how difficult it is to recover from early childhood trauma, but that it takes an extraordinary parent to raise a traumatized child well. The aut...

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                Raising Abel

                Description: KIRKUS REVIEWSA woman of remarkable resourcefulness single-handedly raises a troubled child all the way to manhood in this intimate and inspiring blog-to-book memoir.At 38, Carolyn Nash had a good job, no apparent struggles and few conscious regrets—save, perhaps, her weight and her childlessness. She remedies the latter by fostering and then adopting 3-year-old Abel, a victim ofunspeakable parental abuse, most of it sexual. The consequences are predictable and agonizing. Abel is charmingly innocent yet uncontrollably violent, and as he grows, so do his PTSD symptoms. He refuses to bathe,he fails in school. Thrown toys become thrown punches, then smashed windshields. Psychiatrists are consulted, police called. Special education, home-schooling, hospitalizations, meds—all resources are tried and exhausted. Yet Nash remains indefatigable, wrestling with her son (literally) and with her inner demons and repressed memories, haltingly revealed in sessions with her therapist. Through the lens of Abel’s trauma, Nash peers into her own nightmares—she too feels deformed and unlovable—and learns their sick source. The book is structured almost entirely in short, dramatic episodes, a technique Nash uses skillfully... late in the story, when the troubled teen turns violently on Nash herself ... we get apenetrating glimpse into Abel’s beating heart, where his triggers, his alienation and his lifelong struggle come into searing focus. Here Nash givesus Abel in full, and we see with our own eyes how the measure of this young man is also the measure of the woman who raised him—with pure,dogged, unrelenting, overwhelming, at times selfish, often desperate, boundless, evergreen love. This was her treatment and her cure. We know itby its common term—mothering.A sobering but uplifting tale of love that never gives up; dramatically told, ultimately rewarding.Nash, CarolynRAISING ABELCreateSpace (332 pp.)$15.99 Paperback$3.99 e-bookNovember 5, 2011ISBN: 978-1466499263


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                Author Carolyn Nash
                Binding Kindle Edition
                Languages English
                List Price $3.99
                Number Of Items 1
                Number Of Pages 333
                Product Group eBooks
                Product Type Name ABIS_EBOOKS
                Publication Date 2011-11-04
                Title Raising Abel
                Release Date 2011-11-04