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I Had A Secret For Seventeen Years: A Story of Redemption and Healing after Abortion by Tori Shaw is a poignant and heartrending memoir that chronicles the author's traumatic experiences and of facing her past courageously. Her story will touch everybody's hearts and help other readers on their journey toward healing. The book also reveals her therapeutic journey, her faith in God, and how it helped her regain her beauty and brokenness and transformed her past into purpose. Her story gives hope, strength, and courage to many readers out there who have gone through similar experiences like or even close to it, and inspire them to work towards healing.
Tori Shaw speaks about the unhealthy relationship she shared with her first boyfriend, Bryan, and what pulls you into the memoir is her honesty and willingness to share her life story unabashedly. Whether it is her abortion, her marriage to Bryan, the first years of marriage, being a mother for the first time, postpartum depression, being a stay-at-home mom, or her life that followed, the author is very vocal and expressive and that will make readers connect with her story. She shares pictures in the book, giving readers glimpses into her world, and how the adversities and challenges she faced took her closer to the Lord. She reiterates the power and presence of God in everybody's lives, and how he does incredible things for everyone through her story. I Had A Secret For Seventeen Years will leave readers admiring her journey, strength, and faith.