Every other Child is a collection of short stories and poems that represent major life lessons for the author, who discovered that in helping others she not only learned more about herself, but also recovered from a dysfunctional childhood.
Every other Child charts the healing process for a woman who grew up in an alcoholic home. The dysfunctional family had a profound effect upon her, but her awareness of any effect at all did not take place for many years after she had left home. Subsequent experiences that evoked unrest compelled her to search for their meaning in her life, and the applied lessons resulted in her recovery.
There is a recurrent theme of innocence lost in childhood and the effects of dysfunction in the home, particularly on the children. Every other child has a message to deliver, and every other child has a lesson to learn. It doesn't matter the age of the student or the teacher; life lessons can be learned and taught by anyone.
Eileen Barsi believes that until wounded children, regardless of their age, become aware of the source of their pain, they may never realize that healing is possible.
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As a gerontologist, catechist, youth minister, teacher, and coordinator of parish programs, Eileen Barsi has worked with children of ''all ages'' for more than thirty years. As an Adult Child of an alcoholic, her extensive work in personal recovery and her firsthand knowledge regarding the stigma of a dysfunctional home have provided her with keen insight into the ''pain'' of the children.
Mother of two grown sons, Ralph and Dominic, Eileen lives in California with Ralph, her husband of thirty-four years. Employed as an analyst for a major healthcare system, she remains active in her own recovery, and in facilitating the healing process for those to whom she ministers.
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Book Description Dorrance Pub Co, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 48 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.25 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0805956840