Dear Friends, Drodzy Przyjaciele, Cari Amici,
As you know, I have been in the process of moving and also beginning a new job, which has taken up a whole lot of my time and energy, but soon I will be posting regularly again! Thank you for your patience!
The following is a review written by Amanda Baird, a Psychologist in Alberta, Canada. I want to share it with you and ask you if you would pass this on to those you know who in Universities that may be studying Psychology or those working with victims of violence or abuse. This is a great joy for me to have such a recommendation of my books. I want so much to help people understand the impact and consequences of abuse and also to understand what some of the most helpful things may be in supporting and helping victims.
Here is the review:
After completing the literary and artistic journey that encompasses Gabriel Orion Marie’s (G.O.M.) three books, This White House, Going Sane, and A Spectacular Dawn, I realized my insights as Psychologist and individual would be forever changed. G.O.M.’s honest language and artwork strips the political correctness with which modern society discusses incestuous childhood sexual abuse and its impacts. Through G.O.M, readers are given a first person, guided tour of the short-term and long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse, emotional abuse and torture. The author’s story also compels the reader to reflect on the dual reality of such treatment – the horror of trauma from a victim’s point of view, as well as the protective mechanisms a child can conjure to survive behind the curtain of abuse, as well as the facades these survivors use to navigate the “normalcy” of daily life. In G.O.M’s case, she created numerous personas that helped her dissociate and/or appear “normal” as needed.
In the initial phases of her psychological journey to emotional and physical consciousness, G.O.M describes the difficulties with voicing the traumas she had experienced. Her psychologist, who she refers to as Dr. A, recommended that she attempt using paintings and drawings to help with the healing process – G.O.M took this suggestion and immersed herself. The author/artist’s books hold over 100 prints of the artwork she used to express her reality and the trauma she experienced by her biological father. Accordingly, G.O.M’s books are not only a literary journey, but a visual one as well. G.O.M.’s paintings add the visual impact of abuse and healing that, at times, words cannot communicate. It is an interesting experience for the reader to have a visual representation of the fear, horror, confusion, dissociation and strength that G.O.M. experienced over the years of psychotherapy she received by Dr. A.
From a psychological perspective I was enthralled with how G.O.M’s second book explained her process of “going sane” and how ironically painful this was for her. As a young psychologist, I feel it is very important that other professionals in the field are aware of G.O.M’s work. The insights this author provides has been more valuable to my understanding of trauma and trauma work than any article I have read, any coursework I have completed, and/or any degree I have obtained to date. As a result I will take the opportunity to speak to all professors in the field – I urge that you adopt G.O.M.’s books into your required reading materials, and encourage your students to process this information and what it means for them and their future practices.
G.O.M’s non-fiction series transfers the verbal paralysis she initially experienced to its audience. I could not find the words to describe what I had just read and how powerful this firsthand account of abuse and healing was written and illustrated. The reader not only experiences G.O.M’s emotional journey and why she had to rely on art for the words to follow, but her writing and art work takes the reader on an emotional journey that is individual to every reader – a journey that causes an internal shift that, for the most part, is also indescribable.
Amanda Baird, M.A., R.Psych Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I am deeply grateful for such a powerful review and recommendation of my books. Soon all three books will be available on INGRAM, which will make it easier for those of you in Europe to access the printed versions. Currently they are all available as ebooks and printed books on Amazon, but I realize for many of you in Poland and Italy it would also require more shipping costs to have them printed here in North America. I hope that by having them distributed by INGRAM as well, it will make them more accessible for you.
With love and respect, z Miłością i Zaangażowaniem, Con Amore e Impegno,
Gabriel Orion Marie
* For those of you who may not know, I have published a series of three books that tell the story of my recovery and healing from profoundly intense physical, sexual and spiritual abuse. These books have dozens of paintings that I did during my process and those paintings are a core form of communication I used in my Healing. These books are available on Amazon. I hope you will read them and pass them on to others! This White House (Book One), Going Sane (Book Two) and A Spectacular Dawn (Book Three)