A kidnapping, the divorce of her parents, the loss of her father, temporary abandonment and extreme poverty are just some of the issues the author dealt with as a young child.
Her mother finally tells her she must go to college so she can break out of this cycle of poverty and hopelessness. But how can she when she has no money and absolutely no confidence or self esteem?
Read this true story to discover what hope, faith and determination can do to change a life.
A truly inspiring, deeply personal tale of perseverance in the face of unimaginable hardships, Safe from the Past makes clear the restorative power of an education. Told in an open, honest voice with the deepest sincerity, the author's life story serves as a rousing inspiration to those with the desire to create a better life than the one they are currently living. No matter how helpless you feel, everyone has the power to shape their own life.
Patty tells us her story on how she grew up, survived and then thrived. Kidnapped from her mother when she was young by her Amish father, her mother wastes no time getting the courts involved and getting her two girls back.
But Patti and Kim aren't safe or well-kept. Their mother is on welfare and unemployed and the girls move from broken down apartment to broken down apartment. Then their mother meets Bill and thinks are looking up. Bill has his own business and a ranch-style home. The girls think they might really be living a normal life now. But Bill and mom like to drink and when they drink, they fight. The girls don't feel safe.
Mom urges Patti to go to college even though she nor Bill will help her out with financing. Patti can't wait to get out of that house but worries about leaving her little sister. In college, Patti has to struggle to eat and pay for her books. She looks to God to help her find the way, and she works hard to survive. She learns that people are more apt to help those that help themselves than those who do nothing but want. This is her inspiring story of how to survive, dream and achieve that dream by working hard and having God in her heart.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patricia worked in New York City's financial district for thirteen years in the field of securities operations. At that time, she went on to obtain an MBA from New York University. She and her husband moved to Dallas, TX in 2001 where they are raising their two children.
During her time in NY, Patricia wrote an article entitled "A Tribute To My Mother" which was published in "The Recovery Journal" in 1999. Her book is a continuation of that tribute and serves to spread the message to those in similar situations that good news is on its way to children considering a higher education but who are afraid to dream. For more information please visit, www.patriciamaurobooks.com/.
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