Grace Peterson is a member of the National Association of Memoir Writers and The Association for Writing Excellence and assists with several online memoir forums including The Society of Memoir Writers. Depending on Oregon’s fickle weather, she can be found either pecking on her laptop or puttering in her garden. She is proud mother of four grown children and four friendly felines. She has been married to her best friend since 1980. Reaching is her first book.
Reaching is a sobering, real-life tale of trauma, brainwashing, and recovery
narrated by a gutsy and resilient heroine.
A turbulent childhood, complete with father's violent temper and mother's senseless apathy, her parents' divorce, and relocation with her mother and siblings to Hawaii, where she experiences racism and the violence of a stepfather who considers Grace and her siblings an intrusion into his life, sets the stage for this incredible real-life tale of abuse, brainwashing, and ~ ultimately ~ the long journey to recovery.
At nineteen, Peterson marries her high school sweetheart and experiences love for the first time. Seeking a remedy from what she perceives as spiritual oppression, she enlists the help of Brock, a charismatic exorcist and cult expert. Shocked by his findings, she tumbles into a world of esoteric rituals, Luciferian doctrines and New World Order conspiracies.
Set in Hawaii and Oregon, this gripping narrative illustrates how children adapt to a hostile environment and stumble into adulthood while misreading their untreated traumas. And by searching for answers, can become prey to unscrupulous charlatans who heap more damage onto an already wounded soul.