How does a little girl survive an abusive mother, Catholic school, rape, and a near-death experience? Raised by an abusive, narcissistic mother (who once tried to trick her into having an abortion), Julie Coons was also raped in college by a stranger and later married an abusive man who threatened to kill her if she ever tried to leave.
Suffering from physical and mental torment resulting in very low self-esteem, Julie often felt so completely alone during the many struggles of her life that she tried to take her own life. This book is her true story—telling all the secrets she was never allowed to tell to encourage and motivate others to heal their own lives and break the cycle of abuse. Her story shows that there is hope and life after abuse.
Now that the secrets are finally out, Julie has found freedom. So can you. This Does Not Leave This House is a raw, poignant, and secret-revealing memoir written to lead a movement to break the silence of abuse and finally end its vicious cycle. With strength and resiliency, Coons provides a voice for the silent abused, letting them know they’re not alone. Justice and hope can prevail. The abused can become victorious. Read the heartbreaking true story of her journey to triumph above overwhelming obstacles.
“Your father never wanted you.”
“I wish you had died at birth.”
These are the words that Julie Coons heard on a regular basis from her abusive narcissistic mother. Words like these have so much capacity to damage the self-esteem and emotions of a little child of five years old.
Her father always said, “THIS DOES NOT LEAVE THIS HOUSE.” Everything that went on in their abusive home was to be kept a secret.Until now….
Author Julie Coons opens up in this honest pragmatic retelling of her childhood and life. Filled with abuse and sorrow, this story is one that needs to be told. Her desire is to encourage and motivate others to heal their own lives and break the cycle of abuse, and to help those that have lived a life of torment due to being treated badly.
In it, she describes her life growing up with a mentally disturbed mother that is constantly telling her that she is going to kill herself. She tells Julie that she is worthless and that she is unwanted. She also recounts the nuns at her catholic school and how they physically and emotionally abused her and the other children at school.
Later, in college she gets raped and must endure the trauma and suffering that such a violation brings. Then, the cycle of abuse continues when she marries an abusive man who threatens to kill her if she leaves him.
Determined to break the cycle of abuse, Julie Coons, showers her own daughter with love and acceptance. She learns that the power of forgiveness is for her own good and begins to be set free as she forgives those that have abused her.
In “This Does Not Leave This House,” Julie Coons guides others that have experienced the same type of abuse to healing. Through her lessons and experience she helps others to overcome their own childhood and adult lives that have been filled with the torments of abuse and pain.
She bravely opens up to tell of her own life story and the effects that such abuse can have.
In this candid and important retelling of Julie Coons’ life story, many will be touched and inspired. She brings hope to the reader and gives them a sense of strength. Strength to forge ahead and break their own cycles of abuse, to overcome low self-esteem, and to ultimately have a life filled with peace, joy and hope.
This Does Not Leave this House is an easy to read story filled with drama and emotion. It is well written and a praiseworthy work of nonfiction. I highly recommend it!