From Victim to Victory offers a captivating snapshot of what it was like to grow up in the 1950s as part of a German immigrant family in a small Canadian community.
Margarete Ledwez’ story, however, is laced with a dark undercurrent. As a child, Dyslexia complicated her school days, while her nights were filled with stomach-churning fear of a father who sexually abused her.
Without consciously realizing it, she banished these nighttime episodes from her memory.
As an adult, while raising her own four children, she was beset by frightening “triggers” and haunted by nightmares without understanding why. Only through the strength of her two most important relationships—her marriage to Harry, and her faith in God—was she able to unlock past memories and discover that the only way through the fear and pain depended on her willingness to forgive.
This book was written in part as a commitment to seeking closure and healing, but also to give hope to others who are, or have been, sexually abused—and to encourage them to begin their own healing journey.
Margaret Ledwez is a successful author whose work includes a trilogy of young adult mystery/adventure books set in her home town of Niagara Falls.
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Victim to Victory:
“ A compelling account of one person's struggles and accomplishments from early childhood to adulthood. Her recollections and attention to details
are uncanny. Her resilience and comebacks to adversity captivates the reader. Margarete has poured her heart and soul into her story. She is capable of influencing the reader to believe in the power of prayer but more importantly, the act of forgiveness.”
— Ruth Woelfl
“A well written autobiography, which shows us how to forgive the abuser and not to blame yourself. Also, the steps that can be taken in the healing process by finding a good therapist and having strong faith. I recommend this book for anyone who has experienced any kind of abuse.”
— Ann Kroeker
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