Diane Smith Whalen

In writing this deeply personal book, Ardine gets down to the nitty-gritty of what it means to grow up in a family with issues of addiction and abuse and how hard it is to break those destructive patterns. With great honesty and courage, she shares her journey from trauma through healing, toward wisdom and peace in the two-steps-forward-three-steps-back way most of us do that journey. This is a gift not only to Baby Boomers, who will relate to coming of age in the 60s and 70s, but to young women today who face issues of identity and self-worth.

In listening to her own life and sharing what she has learned with her readers, Ardine will be an inspiration to many as she has been to me.

Diane Smith Whalen, spiritual director and Roman Catholic Woman Priest serves Holy Wisdom Inclusive Catholic Community in Olympia, WA.