Recently I purchased a copy of Broken Pieces, Essays Inspired by Life by Rachel Thompson. I was first introduced to Rachel’s work when I read, The Mancode: Exposed, which by the way is a #1 Bestseller! She had me laughing at hello aka the Introduction! It was so entertaining I finished it in one sitting!
Of course I was intrigued when I heard that she had written a more serious non-fiction book. Broken Pieces will not make you laugh by all means but it is comprised of Rachel’s life experiences through essays and poetry.
As in her other book you can actually read the book in any order. However, I decided to take the journey with Rachel in the order she wrote it.
The essay titled Rooms, where Rachel writes, “Women have rooms inside of us men cannot fathom. It’s where we store the depths of hurt we’ve been dealt. Where we store the deep love we never want to lose…”, best describes each essay and poem for me. Rachel opens the door to each room for us to take a peek into her life and experiences that have helped mold the strong, courageous, funny, creative woman she is today.
The Pure Will room that shows us the nine year old Rachel full of perseverance and strength, pushing through her fears. The Tears of Blood room, where the so young, not yet twelve year old little girl is tragically ripped of her innocence, the Mistakes room where we are shown a glimpse of naiveté and trust taken from the nineteen year old college sophomore and to happily The One room where love conquers all.
As I opened each door I was surprised to see so many similarities to some of my own secret rooms. Rooms to this day that remain closed and locked. How many people have the courage to open up their wounds and inner secrets and share them with the world? Not many, but I am so glad Rachel did. Here was someone else who had dealt with some of the same issues that many of us have had. What is so refreshing and full of hope is that like Rachel, most of us do survive.
Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” You will definitely feel Rachel’s paintings through her poetry and essays.
Title: Broken Pieces
Author: Rachel Thompson
Published: December 19, 2012
Topics: Child molestation, Abuse, Love, Loss, Dating, Innocence, Trust, Depression, Suicide, Strength, Perseverance, Courage & Hope
Disclaimer: I purchased a copy of Broken Pieces and I did not receive any compensation for my review.