The Garden Song - A True Story about Rape

 
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho is a vacationer's paradise, attracting an international guest list to its tranquil lake shores. Pink flowering plums promenade along the walkway by City Beach, against a backdrop of still snow capped mountains. On Sunday afternoons, sunbathers are serenaded by the sounds of seagulls competing with strands of live music drifting over from the Rotary Band Shell in the Park.

It resembles a watercolor illustration in a child s storybook; beautiful, gentle, and safe. But things begin to change in the spring of 2003. An unknown intruder, preying on women living alone, began eroding the trust of this small town. By fall, the list of victims had grown to include women from 28 to 82 years old, the police still had no one in custody, and the community was feeling edgy.

A series of alarming coincidences push the author into pursuing her own answers, even when it means confronting her worst fears. With amazing compassion, Calvert discovers a world very different than what she had known.

Weaving together the vivid contrasting colors of two opposing lives into a landscape of forgiveness, Calvert writes courageously of her descent into darkness. "Just like a tiny seed needs to remain buried in the dark, cold earth through the winter, sometimes I need to allow myself to go into the darkness before I can sprout new growth and bloom once again."

Garden metaphors intertwine gently through the tale, like the tendrils of a vine reaching for the sun, as she leads us down pathways that merge innocence with the horrific.

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About the Author:

This has not been an easy journey for me. I have wanted to sweep the dirty events under the carpet. Like an ostrich, I have tried to bury my head in the sand to hide. But despite all attempts to go around this obstacle, it kept cropping up right in front of me, seemingly saying, This is your Path........ Tell your Story.

I am hoping that by publishing this documentation of events that I have experienced, I can help others find answers and healing.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Cheri Calvert s occupational adventures have taken her from the Aleutian Islands of Alaska to backstage life at Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet Theater in Branson, Missouri.

She currently holds a bachelor's degree in Technology and owns her own Web Development company. She lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with her husband, John. This is her first book.

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"The Garden Song is a valuable resource for victims of violent crime, the people who love them, and the care providers who work with them. Because most rape victims choose to hide behind the cloak of anonymity, this book provides a unique opportunity to understand the pervasive impact of rape and to explore healing in new ways." --Andrea Bershad, MSW

"Approach this book with reverence for you are entering the holy temple of the Heart. There we encounter an unwashed tapestry of grief and tragedy, woven with such profound sweetness, reflection, and tenderness that it succeeds in wrapping us in a blanket of healing hope."

--Patricia Berger - Blue Lotus Sanctuary

"Shocking and Inspiring! Cheri Calvert's Garden Song cuts deep to the racing heart of terror and redemption. With eloquent precision and unblinking candor, her fresh voice and singular vision take us where few dare to journey while challenging us to rise above our best selves to nurture the enduring hope of the Human Spirit."
--Gala Muench, M.F.A.

"Once I started reading, it was impossible to put it down."

"A must read for crisis and trauma counselors and volunteers."

"The Garden Song is a multi-layered journey filled with symbolism and metaphor as the author explores significant themes of the strength and resilience of the human spirit, the power of loving relationships, forgiveness, and trust."

"Alternating events of the perpetrator s life story with those of her own life and childhood, the author provides stark contrasting examples of the role of nature and nurture in human development. This theme is insightfully balanced with the sharing of similarities we all possess by virtue of being human, thus increasing the power of this very personal story."

"The Garden Song is especially suited to the education of professionals and volunteers working in trauma and crisis intervention and as a textbook for students in social work, psychology, nursing, and justices studies. The book accomplishes what no other textbook can an in-depth personal story."

--Eleanor Pepi Downey, MSW, PhD

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