Author 'shines a light out of darkness' in new book

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Author 'shines a light out of darkness' in new book

Author Ber Collins

A MEELICK-based therapist will this week launch her new book, which details the true story of a mother who struggles with the memories of her lost childhood.

Energist and holistic therapy teacher, Ber Collins will launch her book Every Mum has Magic Kisses, this Thursday, at O’Mahony’s Booksellers, at 6.30pm.

The book tells a true story of “loss, hope, love and forgiveness that invites every parent to learn how to release their magic”. The publication details a childhood filled with abuse and bullying, and how the strains of motherhood and dark memories “threaten to overwhelm her”.

According to the author: “The book opens with the story of a young Ber. When Ber turned eight her whole world turned upside down. Her father began sexually abusing her but the confused and scared eight year old kept her ‘special’ secret from all of her loved ones. She never confided in anyone, as the one time she tried to she was turned away and deemed ‘silly’ by a priest. On her own Ber tried to keep a brave face through the abuse she was experiencing at home and in school.

“Through the love of her husband, son and daughter, Ber began to heal, ‘each time I looked at their happy little faces, a little piece of me healed.’ Now Ber knows that ‘although you can’t change the past you can decide how it affects you.’”

Ms Collins said that the book offers “parents on how to meet their children’s needs...and shines a light on a path out of darkness”.