Kintsugi – Powerful Stories of Healing Trauma releases January 1, 2019! Today’s featured author is Emily Jacob. Presale links below!
Emily Jacob is the founder of ReConnected Life. A survivor herself, Emily is using her skills, knowledge and experience to help women move forward from living one day at a time, to live their own ReConnected Life: surviving is not good enough for living. She is the author of ‘Desperately Hopeful’, and editor of ‘To Report or Not To Report: Survivor Testimony of the (In)Justice System’. Emily is a powerful speaker on behalf of survivors and has been proud to speak at Reclaim the Night and Who Will Hear My Cry, amongst others. She has been featured widely in the press, for Metro, Huffington Post, Psychologies Life Labs, Stylist, the Telegraph. She has appeared on BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live, Channel 5 News, as well as featuring in a series of videos for the Independent. She is most proud of her involvement in the BAFTA-nominated Channel 5 documentary RAPED: My Story. Emily’s other career has spanned over 20 years in marketing strategy & capability. She lives alone in Oxford.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of using gold (and other precious metals) to repair broken pottery. The ritual is complex, intentional, and contemplative. Upon completion, the once-broken vessels are made whole. They are stronger and possess a different type of beauty than before.
Kintsugi is the perfect metaphor for healing trauma.
Healing is multifarious. Not only does it require effort on the part of the survivor, but also those around them. The most effective healing takes place when there is a network of support. One where others can listen, witness pain, and hold space for the survivor.
This collection is designed to highlight the varying approaches to healing and to honor our individual needs along the way. Some authors are taking their first steps in these pages, while others share their successes in reclaiming their bodies, confidence, sexuality, and joy. Each story is unique – sometimes straightforward, but often counterintuitive (because if healing were simple or straightforward it would surely be easier).
Kintsugi is not for the faint of heart.