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Reassembling the Pieces will bring you to tears and have you laughing. It's an Italian American story that is both earthy and spiritual. It is a fascinating read on many levels. Dr. Susan McNally is a talented artist, a trained therapist, and a knowledgeable, dedicated Messianic Christian. Her psychological and spiritual insights are stunning. These attributes blend to make her memoir educational as well as interesting. You'll love her Italian grandmother, and feel anger at her verbally abusive mother, the one she calls, "My beloved adversary." Her life story includes authentic Italian recipes, original poetry, and an accurate description of life in Los Angeles during the 60s hippie culture, all woven into McNally's life story. McNally is self-deprecating as she describes her frequent failures, but her successes after years of verbal and emotional abuse are heartening. The original poetry at the end of each chapter provides more insight into the author, and adds emotional intensity to her story. Being encountered by God after being emotionally rejected by her biological parents is a turning point in her turbulent early life. She provides amazing insights into the roots of same-sex attraction, and effective suggestions for anyone who wants to help in this area. McNally confronts Christian churches lack of sensitivity, but refuses to abandon her faith.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)|
About the Author
Dr. Susan McNally is an artist and writer, a licensed therapist, and a knowledgeable Messianic Christian. In addition to her work as a psychotherapist in private practice, Dr. McNally is the author of Sandplay: A Sourcebook for Play Therapists, and is the editor of Winged Poiesis, a quarterly publication featuring poetry and short prose pieces. McNally executed various jobs as a freelance artist, i.e. illustration, logo design, commissioned paintings for interior decorator's clients, designed and painted super graphic murals. She exhibits her work in Marysville and Roseville, CA. Her sculpture, paintings, and drawings are in private collections in California, Oregon, Washington State, Texas, and Rhode Island. She lives with her husband in Yuba City, California.