In this powerful and honest memoir, Laurie Matthew takes the reader with her as she revisits her childhood in 1950s and 1960s Dundee. Raised in a home which consisted of an emotionally neglectful and physically violent mother, a distant father, a chronically sick brother and a sister she needed to protect, the only ray of light in little Laurie's life came from the man who would return home from the Army with pockets full of sweets and bags of toys. Uncle Andrew would shower her with attention and love, capture the hearts of everyone around him - and carefully groom her for years of abuse by not only himself, but also by a network of paedophiles. Laurie tells a harrowing story of isolation, as her abusers went to extraordinary lengths to carry out their sick acts, wearing masks to confuse and torment her and keeping her away from other children. But these evil men had no idea that the girl they systematically violated would turn into one of the country's leading child protection experts, and that their legacy would give her the impetus to change the lives of so many innocent victims.
An uncle who went too far. A mother who didn't care. A little girl who waited for justice.
Author: Laurie Matthew
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A $70 billion industry hinges on two terrified people investing their lives into answering four simple words: Will You Marry Me? Once the catalyst begins, however, their relationship becomes an afterthought to the thousands of decisions made planning the wedding. There are more than 2 million weddings each year in the United States. Wedding magazines reach circulations in the hundreds of thousands, and wedding guides, tips and how-to books line the shelves of bookstores to tell couples how to plan the best wedding. But what about planning for the marriage? What happens to the relationship before a couple says their vows? "Groomed" is a story not just about wedding planning, but the relationship of an engaged couple from proposal to vows, all told from a groom's perspective. It's 14 months of flower arrangements and guest list bloopers, and a humorous commentary that anyone who's ever been a part of the wedding process can relate to. A couple in limbo for more than a year, a family adjusting to new members, friends watching their relationships change as a wedding nears. Getting down on one knee is merely the beginning.
From Proposal to Vows, Wedding Planning and an Engagement from a Groom's Point of View
Author: Graham Garrison
Category: Family & Relationships
It is estimated that 1 in every 6 boys will experience a sexual encounter with an adult at some point in their lives before they reach the age of consent. In this day and age, many adults find this topic unsettling and will often circumvent the issue even if they remotely suspect that some form of abuse may be occurring. Parents, regardless of intent, have a tendency to blame the victim, which further perpetuate feelings of guilt and shame in the child. They don’t know what questions to ask, and if they do, they may not believe the answer no matter how honest the child is capable of being at that moment. Groomed tells the story of abuse and how it changed the trajectory of who the author would have been. The story is told from the perspective of a thirteen-year-old victim and a fifty-five-year-old survivor.
Author: Jerome L. Whitehead
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
Category: Family & Relationships
Finally, a fun wedding organizer for gay grooms! This planner covers every aspect of the event so the big day goes off without a hitch—focusing on the details of the celebration and steering away from the politics of gay marriage, Getting Groomed offers a refreshing approach to readers planning a wedding or commitment ceremony. Couples will learn how to set a budget, organize the guest list, design invitations, dress and style for the big day, and much more. This elegant planner is the resource—and perfect gift—for stylish grooms-to-be.
The Ultimate Wedding Planner for Gay Grooms
Author: Jason Mitchell
Publisher: Chronicle Books
There are many things that can be written and said concerning the nature of God, but among the most mysterious aspects of His being is His glory—His manifested presence. When you have a revelation and an understanding of the manifested presence of God—His glory—you will grasp all the other aspects of God so much better. We will never be able to completely understand or explain the full meaning of the glory of God. It is beyond description and too marvelous for mere words. In fact, the glory of God is not something to be understood or explained but rather something to be displayed. We need to be changed by the glory of God, and then we need to reflect it to the world. God is more excited to let His glory fill the earth than we are to spend time in His presence—the realm of His glory. Allow Pastor De Wet Steyn to give you the keys so you can open the door to a personal encounter with the glory of God, so that it might be brought forth and released on earth.
Author: De Wet Steyn
Publisher: Whitaker House
Beautifully lit, artistic studio portraits of some of the world's best groomed Poodles, Cockerspaniels, Bichon Frise's, Bedlington Terriers and more.
Author: Paul Nathan
Publisher: Pelluceo Publlishing
It’s late on Friday night when Casey’s mobile starts to ring. She is expecting it to be her daughter Riley. But it isn’t Riley. It’s a woman from the Emergency Duty Team. So begins Casey and Mike’s latest fostering challenge – a fifteen-year-old girl called Keeley who’s run away from her long-term foster home 25 miles away.
Author: Casey Watson
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Category: Family & Relationships
In this one-of-a-kind survival guide to "the big day," newlywed Peter Scott candidly reveals all the wedding preparation do's and don'ts. Covering everything from choosing the perfect location to hiring the right photographer to questions that are too stupid to ask, even for a man ("Where do the centerpieces go?), Well Groomed tackles just about any scenario that might confront the modern groom. This step-by-step manual, balancing sensible advice with irresistible wit, is sure to be the one gift that every groom will be thankful for (no more toasters!).
A Wedding Planner for What's-His-Name (and His Bride)
Author: Peter Scott
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Author: Laura Durham
Publisher: Broadmoor Books
Author: Diane Robinson Mullins
Publisher: Gazelle Press
Presents lawn strategies that inform readers about soil, seed, mowing, weeds, pests, disease, and rendering a lawn child-friendly.
How to Keep It Green, Groomed, and Growing Every Season of the Year
Author: David R. Mellor
Category: Cross-country skiing