Daily Archives: September 11, 2011

Healing begins with one small step at a time.

In my book, Reconciliation, A Son’s Story, I write about how a toxic parental culture can tear a family apart. It certainly had this awful result in our family. With some coaxing and a little pain, I managed to get all my siblings involved with the story. They each contributed with phone conversations and email. Sometimes it was a little testy but for the most part they all got on board and we worked together on one project for the first time in our lives. Even our Mother, Marcella at the prime age of 93 got into the act to help connect some of the dots. The following is the first time in my life I have written to all my siblings at once. All those small steps in working together over the past 10 months brought me to this point where it was highly rewarding and healing to thank them in one e-mail. I hope this step helps bring our family closer together.  It is never too late!
My book will be published soon. I can’t wait to give my sister and brothers each a signed copy. My hope and prayer is for the story to be read and shared for generations to come.
“My dear sister and brothers,

It has been a long time, if ever, that I’ve sent an e-mail to all of you at once. This time is special. As a family we are on the front line of telling a story that needed to be told. All of you contributed to my research and have potentially made this a literary masterpiece to be proud of. It will also serve as a legacy so that future generations might know more about the Sparks family and its journey starting with Dad’s WWII experience, and our mother. There is much to learn about the symptoms of PTSD and it’s long term effects on families. Our story is a case study that will help countless others with their own self discovery and healing.

The editorial reviews are starting to come in and they are excellent! I feel blessed to have the gift of writing to share with all of you. Yes, I finally admit that it is okay to be a gifted writer. I also believe you all are my heroes in being open to helping me with some painful memories at times. This has been an amazing journey for me, and my emotional disposition has improved 300% since writing the story. I hope the story does the same for you and countless others when it is published. The schedule puts it out as an ebook in about 2 months with hard copies available too. Each of you will get a signed hard copy from me.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me with our story!

Love,
Stephen aka Stevie & Sparkles”