Gwendolyn M. Plano spent most of her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in New York, Connecticut, and California. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition from San Diego State University, was awarded a Master’s Degree in Theology from the University of the State of New York, and then completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Iona College. Finally, she earned a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University. Plano is also a Reiki Master and a Certified LifeLine Practitioner.
Between travels with her loving husband, Gwen volunteers in her community and enjoys her grandchildren. Otherwise, Gwen focuses on writing. Letting Go into Perfect Love is her first book and was published in June, 2014 by She Writes Press.
Letting Go Into Perfect Love: Discovering the Extraordinary After Abuse
Inspiring and unforgettable, Letting Go into Perfect Love is a riveting account of a journey through the terror of domestic violence to a faith that transforms all. As a college administrator, Gwendolyn M. Plano lived her professional life in a highly visible and accountable space—but as a wife and mother, behind closed doors, she and her family experienced unpredictable threat. The statistics are staggering—every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten—but to Gwen, this was her secret; it was her shame. When her husband eventually turned his brutality on her son, she knew she could no longer remain silent.
Alternately heart-wrenching and joyful, this is a story of triumph over adversity--one woman's uplifting account of learning how to forgive the unforgiveable, recover her sense of self, bring healing into her family, and honor the journey home. Accompanied by glimpses of celestial beings, Gwen charts a path through sorrow to joy—and ultimately, writes of the one perfect love we all seek.
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