Don't Call Me Mother: A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness

Don t Call Me Mother A Daughter s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness At the age of four a little girl stands on a cold windy railroad platform in Wichita Kansas to watch the train take her mother away For the rest of her life her mother will be only an occasional a

  • Title: Don't Call Me Mother: A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness
  • Author: Linda Joy Myers
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  • Page: 471
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  • At the age of four, a little girl stands on a cold, windy railroad platform in Wichita, Kansas to watch the train take her mother away For the rest of her life, her mother will be only an occasional and troubled visitor.Linda Joy Myers s compassionate, gripping, and soul searching memoir tells the story of three generations of daughters who long for their absent mothers,At the age of four, a little girl stands on a cold, windy railroad platform in Wichita, Kansas to watch the train take her mother away For the rest of her life, her mother will be only an occasional and troubled visitor.Linda Joy Myers s compassionate, gripping, and soul searching memoir tells the story of three generations of daughters who long for their absent mothers, yet unwittingly recreate a pattern that she was determined to break Accompany Linda as she uncovers family secrets, finds solace in music, and begins her healing journey Learn how she transcends the prison of childhood to discover light in the darkness of strife, abuse, and undiagnosed mental illness.Don t Call Me Mother was originally published in 2005 This revised edition includes a new introduction and afterword, with new insights about memoir writing It s an inspiring chronicle of perseverance, healing, and the transformative power of forgiveness In this new edition of her memoir, Linda Joy Myers illustrates just how powerful the combination of memory confronted, forgiveness offered, and new love expressed, can be What I admire most about this book is the way the author takes you to her most sustaining love the prairie land of the Midwest and concludes her story as a return to that place where forgiveness becomes a feather on my heart, as natural as the plains wind Shirley Showalter, former president of Goshen College, author of the blog I Have a Story Don t Call Me Mother takes you deep inside the mind of a young girl who has been spurned by that most important person in her life, her own mother Without a guide to help her develop into a woman, Linda Joy is forced into a vulnerable, innovative search for dignity and survival that is at the heart of every hero s tale Jerry Waxler, M.S founder of the Memory Writers Network, author of Memoir Revolution and Four Elements for Writers Myers s new afterword pulls back the veil and lays bare the actual healing power of memoir Poignant, visceral, and triumphant, this new section left me shaken and stunned with its raw beauty As a reader, I felt I was witnessing transformation Kathleen Adams, LPC, author of Journal to the Self and Scribing the Soul, Director of the Center for Journal Therapy and the Therapeutic Writing Institute

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    • A brutal read.The moments of any levity and light are so few and far between, that reading this memoir of a darling little girl who was raised in what can only be described as a living hell was a hard row to hoe.Like all little kids, the author was able to cobble together some sense of narrative to get through her childhood of being violently attacked by her grandmother, outright shunned by her mother, sexually violated by her dad, and then at one point given to a family who the mother can only [...]

    • I was deeply touched by Linda Joy Myers account of her struggles to grow up with a mother and grandmother who were both loathsome role models. She suffered persistent abuse at the hands of these women, but I don't feel this abuse is what the book is about. Instead, it's about forging new paths and letting go of your past. It's about the comfort and pull of geography and the nostalgia that results, often causing you to misinterpret your personal history. It's about whether or not to share your ow [...]

    • I joined the National Association of Memoir Writers, which was started by Linda Joy Myers, the author of Don't Call Me Mother. Along with my membership came a copy of the book. Since I have just written and published a memoir, I read Myers account with utter fascination. Her book is about breaking the chain of mother-daughter abandonment. The first chapter had me in tears. What an ordeal Myers went through as a very young child. Her insight into her mother and grandmother's psychology is very ho [...]

    • I'm still processing everything good in this!I'm still processing everything good in this book! I love that the author explains so much at the end, I love how brave she is. I have written most of my memoirs and this book was perfect timing for me to stumble upon. It is so very different to my own story but I realized that there is a kindred spirit between motherless children, a language we get. I love her ending and I am so happy for Linda Joy. Again, it cannot be more different to mine but that [...]

    • The parent-child relationship is fraught with many complexities and probably no more so than the mother-daughter relationship. What is it about women who fail at being good mothers to their daughters? Are they repeating the same patterns of their own mothers? Are they suffering from a lack of role models? Have they been silenced as women? Are they victims of an "old system" where women resorted to wiles and sexuality in order to escape the deadening lives of their mothers and their mothers' moth [...]

    • Linda Joy Myers' book Don't Call me Mother: A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness is a wise, large-hearted, and compelling memoir in which the author, a therapist, traces her journey from the pain and loneliness of being a daughter continually abandoned by her mother through a process of surviving, healing, and ultimately to finding forgiveness, compassion, and love.As the author wisely observes, the way we are mothered has a lasting effect, and death does not end one's relationsh [...]

    • Knowing "All's [not]right with the world," I still want to believe that "G-d's in His Heaven" (Browning, "Pippa Passes"). There are days when I do -- in spite of the condition of this world. If indeed there is a G-d that "show[s] mercy unto the thousandth generation of them that love [G-d] and keep [G-d's] commandments" (Deuteronomy 5:10), then apparently -- for a long, long time -- only a very small number of people have been following "G-d's commandments." And alas, the effects of the "iniquit [...]

    • I read this book because I am a relative by marriage to the author. I was curious whether I would gain a better understanding of the Myers family by reading it. I was at times uncomfortable reading about the stories of her father and really surprised at some of things that she recalled of him. I knew he had moved out of her life - he actually was married several times - but I did not know until I read the book about her mother's treatment of her. My husband was not particularly close to his fami [...]

    • One of the best memoirs I've ever read, and anyone who enjoys the genre should read this book by Linda Joy Myers. I'm not sure how I lucked out getting it free on Kindle, I'd most definitely have paid for a print copy if I'd run across it. In fact I'm keeping it categorized on my Kindle under "writing books" because it's such a perfect example of how a memoir should read. I also enjoyed that the author included a section at the end on why she chose to include certain elements and leave others ou [...]

    • Beautifully written, poetic, honest, vulnerable story. I loved it. I learned so much about writing my own memoir through reading this. What a great book. Highly recommend!

    • When I joined the National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW), I received Don’t Call Me Mother: Breaking the Chain of Mother-Daughter Abandonment in the mail as part of my “Welcome” package. Understandable, considering the founder and president of NAMW is Linda Joy Myers, who is also the author the book. I suppose a little self-promotion never hurt anyone. But I also thought it was a bit narcissistic to use your own book as the one that “defines” memoir writing and the “image” of [...]

    • Linda Joy Myers’ memoir is even more poignant on the second read. I first read it several years ago, and curiosity spurred me to take another look when the new version came out with additional chapters. I was moved by her plight the first time I read the book, and found it even more touching upon review. While I did grow up in an intact family with both parents present, her story has made me more keenly aware of the distress today’s children must feel as fragmented families become the norm. [...]

    • *Disclosure* I won a free copy of this book from a giveaway.I really enjoyed this memoir. It is beautifully written, like a theatrical play. It is a gripping story full of tragedy, sorrow, and slivers of hope, that Myers managed to courageously live through and overcome. The story follows Myers life as she is raised by her Grandma and experiences different forms of abuse and abandonment from her family and caretakers. I must reiterate the lovely description and writing style Myers uses in this [...]

    • SOME WOMEN ARE LUCKY. They talk to their mother every day. They go shopping or on trips with their mother. They make special meals. Share garden plants, books, recipes, jokes. Some mothers and daughters have a very special bond--a combination of family and friendship, blood and water if you will. I'm not one of those women. I don't have a bond with my mother. For reasons I've never understood, the bond just isn't there and never has been. Fortunately I have a close relationship with my sister. S [...]

    • Linda Joy Myers has done a tremendous service to women who have felt familial abandonment, whether as viscerally as she did growing up, but also those who have experienced emotional abandonment as well. The first few chapters quickly reel us in to the horror of a small, helpless child’s being shuffled between her seemingly uncaring mother and father, a grandmother who at first seems to be sane and loving, and a family friend who is revealed to be hardly a charitable soul. The child’s journey [...]

    • This is a phenominal book about the connections between mother's and daughter's. I was taken in from the beginning and found myself transforming with the author. There are so many patterns that can be repeated from generation to generation but we can break free of those chains and become better people. Linda Joy has done this and brought healing to not only herself but to all those that read this memoir. I'm going to have to read it again and will read it again because there is so much I feel in [...]

    • A very moving memoir about a young girl and her life long attempt to bond with her mother. Her mother was not capable of the intimacy or responsbility of raising her daughter. Linda was left with her grandmother at the age of four subject to her grandmother's mood swings and erratic behavior. The grandmother also left her daughter with family at the age of four and the cycle of abuse and neglect continues. Linda, however, through much inner work managed to break that cycle with her own children [...]

    • Whew, I just finished reading Linda Joy’s Memoir. She definitely had a long row to hoe as my grandmother might have said: being abandoned by her mother who had been abandoned by her mother who had been abandoned by her mother; groomed by her unrelenting grandmother to become the talented, upper class educated woman that Gram had so aspired to be herself; The mental illness of the mother, grandmother and great grandmother; the train station scenes where she continued to lose people important to [...]

    • A sad story about several generations of mothers abandoning their daughters to be raised by their grandmothers. It's also about one mother's struggle to break the cycle of abandonment by piecing together tidbits of her past. The story feels real and disturbing, but the most troublesome part is the epilogue in which the author practically writes another whole novel in an attempt to justify why she wrote the original story in the first place. I say let the story stand on its own merits and be damn [...]

    • A wonderful, enlightening story of mother - daughter conflicts, in which Linda Myers was not a desired child to a futile mother who could only think of herself. But it is also a story of forgiviness and overcoming of highly unfortunate events of pshichological and physical pain and above all abandonememnt. It is a very powerful warning for parents who don´t care about their children and about the effects it can have upon them. Love Linda and her uplifting story and do hope to do her autobiograp [...]

    • With a fondness for both memoirs and psychology, this book did not disappoint. There were times when I though to myself that her voice was missing something, but could not put my finger on it until just now. There is zero humor in the book. Or if there is any, then I missed it. But that's just me, needing humor to get through pain. But overall this a brave, introspective memoir. Kudos for her intentional journey of breaking cycles of abuse and abandonment.

    • As an active member of NAMW, I have a great deal of respect for Linda Joy. As a mother, I certainly felt outrage and sadness for the lack of love and caring she received and am happy she emerged, healthy and whole. I did feel that maybe she tried to cover too much ground with SO many issues (and more in afterword). But I know that many people could benefit from reading this and learning how to do the same.

    • I don't know exactly how I feel about this book. Certainly the story was very sad and overwhelming with almost no breaks in the tragic tone and voice. Something about it disturbed me beyond the subject matter. I can't really separate out my feelings about the story from my feelings about the way it was written. I may be rating it too low for no objective reason.

    • I loved almost everything about this book, and what I didn't like--the author's blindness to her own potentially difficult behavior--revealed a similar tendency in myself that I think will help me deal better (or at least with more empathy) with my own family.

    • Harrowing, powerful memoir. Ripe with details and descriptions that make the author's difficult childhood come to life. Bravo for surviving, bravo for writing this out. Bravo!

    • Excellent story of motherless daughters-abandonment and sorry. Lynda Joy is an excellent writer. A truly compelling story.

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