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Beyond MeToo: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Trauma

Nov 9, 2021

“When I wrote The Courage to Heal, if you had asked me who I was at that point in my life, I would’ve said ‘I’m an incest survivor,’ and that would have been it. I didn’t have any other identity. I was consumed by it, and it felt like my life had been destroyed by it and that I would never recover. So many decades later, I’m in such a different place that if you asked me, ‘Who are you?’, I would say ‘I’m a teacher, I’m an author,  I’m a mother, I’m a grandmother, I’m a swimmer, I’m a hiker,  I’m a friend, I’m a sister.’ ‘Incest survivor’ wouldn’t even be on the list, and it’s because that experience, with many other experiences, is in the fabric of the cloth that shaped me, but it’s so in the background now.”


Laura Davis is a six-time bestselling author. Her books, including The Courage to Heal and I Thought We’d Never Speak Again have been translated into 11 languages and sold 1.8 million copies. Laura leads writing workshops in the U.S. and internationally that focus on writing as a tool for healing and transformation. 


Laura’s new memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story is the riveting story of her embattled relationship with her mother Temme, their determination to love one another, and the dramatic and surprising collision course they ended up on at the end of Temme’s life. For the millions of readers of Laura’s first book, The Courage to Heal, The Burning Light of Two Stars is both prequel and sequel, revealing in page-turning, intimate detail how Laura reconciled with the mother who betrayed her, and came to care for her in her final days. 


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