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Irene Watson's pretentious life could go no further until she faced her past. Her moving and inspiring memoir begins at the end, in a recovery center, where she has gone to understand a childhood fraught with abuse, guilt, and uncertainty. Two distinct parts of the book look at abusive child rearing and the process of recovery years later. This story shows change, growth,Irene Watson's pretentious life could go no further until she faced her past. Her moving and inspiring memoir begins at the end, in a recovery center, where she has gone to understand a childhood fraught with abuse, guilt, and uncertainty. Two distinct parts of the book look at abusive child rearing and the process of recovery years later. This story shows change, growth, and forgiveness are possible. It gives hope and freedom to those accepting the past and re-writing life scripts that have been passed down for generations. It's never too late to change your life, never too late to heal. Praise for "The Sitting Swing" "Watson's memoir recounts her fearful, highly sheltered years as she uncovers the childhood wounds leading to her personality crisis. This is an earnest memoir, well structured." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "The Sitting Swing is the poignant story of the author's successful journey to transcend the patterns sculpted by her parents and childhood experiences. I loved it!" -NANCY OELKLAUS, PHD, LIFE COACH AND AUTHOR OF JOURNEY FROM HEAD TO HEART: LIVING AND WORKING AUTHENTICALLY "As a teacher of transformational principles for self-discovery and the treatment of addictions, reading The Sitting Swing inspired me to a richer new voice, infusing my lectures with a deeper level of meaning. Irene's personal story of transformation will add to the experience, strength, and hope we share with our clients and to anyone who is on a path of personal transformation. " -MARY LYNN SZYMANDERA, LCAS, CEFIP, OUTPATIENT MANAGER, PAVILLON INTERNATIONAL, AND EQUINE PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SAWHORSE HILL Author info at www.irenewatson.com Book #6 in the Spiritual Dimensions Series from Loving Healing Press www.LovingHealing.com...

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The Sitting Swing: Finding Wisdom to Know the Difference Reviews

  • Kimberly
    2019-01-15 13:39

    When I picked up this book, I honestly have to say I did so out of the feeling to reciprocate a kindness done for me. Just as the author talks about her entrance into Avalon as a way to fit into a group. She didn't expect to really get anything out of it. Well, as a person who reads Historical Romances to escape reality, I wasn't really expecting to have the book be anything that would be of interest to me. Something I was just "doing". What a shock and pleasant surprise!! Like Irene in Avalon, I found an incredible read that I couldn't put down and I found a meaning! Every once in a while there are those books that just "jolt" you and make you think. I'm not sure if at this point in my life I was ready for that but I guess I was because the author had me from the first page! Although I was born in a different generation, with a different upbringing, I could identify with Irene's story. I felt as if I was in a room with her and having a discussion with my best friend. The writing was so powerful. It made me reflect on a lot in my life and it made me realize how strong and resilient people are. We are in control of our own destinies. Yes, we all have a story. We have been wronged in some way but it is how we react to and deal with those adversities that make us who we are. We choose the path we are to follow - despite or because of our history - but either way it is our choice. We can choose to wallow or we can choose to survive and thrive. Thank you Irene, for reminding me that I choose to thrive and enjoy every minute I've been given here on Earth. My higher power has wonderful plans for me - for all of us - we just have to be willing to follow that plan. I was so moved by the book, I know it will be one that I re-read several times and I plan on sharing it with friends and family as holiday gifts this year. Very powerful and heart-felt indeed. A Wonderful book for any reader!

  • KrisT
    2018-12-22 21:39

    This author delved into a subject that I think we all struggle with at one time or another in our lives, addictions. That being said, don't think only drugs, cigarettes, or eating. There are addictions that go deep into your childhood behavors and most all are hard for you to recognize in yourself. I think this was a tough book but also a healing book.

  • Amateur de Livre
    2018-12-18 15:44

    Paperback: 248 pagesPublisher: Loving Healing Press (July 16, 2008)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1932690670ISBN-13: 978-1932690675Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.6 inchesBook Synopsis:Irene Watson's pretentious life could go no further until she faced her past. Her moving and inspiring memoir begins at the end, in a recovery center, whe she has gone to understand a childhood fraught with abuse, guilt, and uncertainty.Two distinct parts of the book look at abusive child rearing and the process of recovery years later. This story shows change, growth, and forgiveness are possible. It gives hope and freedom to those accepting the past and re-writing life scripts that have been passed down for generations. It's never too late to change your life, never too late to heal.This book was truly an eye opener. Upon hearing of Irene's upbringing, I got tears in my eyes. My mother is not a whole lot older than Irene, and yet she had clothing bought for her and plumbing and electricity her entire life! She was the oldest of 6 children, but never felt neglected (maybe the first born syndrome was in play...even then). My heart broke for young Irene, constantly living in the shadow of a brother she never knew, and was never spoken of. She could do nothing right, yet had no freedom as both of her parents were afraid of what might happen to their daughter. Their fear may have led to their inability to show her the love she so desparately craved, and led to her seeking to find any way out of a miserable exsistence.This books starts out with Irene enrolling in Avalon, a treatment facility recommended by her friends. She is leary from the very beginning as she looks up at the corner of the room and sees a video camera. There is no way she is going to consent to being videotaped, who do these people think they are? After dealing with Gilles for the first two weeks, she is ready to throw in the towel. She is not sure she believes anything that he is "preaching", it is the same old, same old and he is harsh and demeaning in his delivery. After the first two weeks his wife Liliane takes over the sessions and it is a different world. Gone is the harsh and demeaning lessons, and the love and support that Irene felt so lacking in the beginning of her stay comes shining through...that is until she has to do a scripted session about a conversation she envisions with her husband. Liliane has words with Irene, words that shock Irene but in the end lead her to the breakthrough she needed all along.There were so many parts of this book that I could relate to. I have some people in my family that struggle with alcohol, and it is heartbreaking to watch. It also is the reason that I don't drink, something that Irene and I share. Don't get me wrong, I will have an occasional glass of wine, but do not enjoy being around people that have had too much to drink. I also can relate to the overprotective aspect of mothering...but I am the culprit. I don't seclude my daughters, but I do have a daughter with heart defects and there isn't a day that passes that I don't try to protect her just a little bit more than you might a "regular" child. I think the part that I could relate to the most was the Needs section from her stay at Avalon. After reading that I knew that this was my type of woman - it was exactly the way I thought of things.This was an excellent book, and one I would recommend highly. Great job Irene, and I look forward to more from you in the future!About the author:Irene Watson holds a Masters Degree in Psychology, with honors, from Regis University in Denver, CO. Her life has taken her on many paths, with breakthrough results and exemplar growth, to find her authentic and true self. She lives with her husband in Austin, Texas. You can visit her website at http://www.irenewatson.com .THE SITTING SWING VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR '08 will officially begin on September 2, '08 and end on September 26, '08. You can visit Irene's tour stops at http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress... in September to find out more about her and her new book!As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors' blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available. The winner will be announced on our main blog at http://www.pumpupyourbookpromotion.wo... on September 26!Irene's virtual book tour is being brought to you by Pump Up Your Book Promotion and choreographed by Dorothy Thompson.

  • Marie
    2018-12-27 18:39

    This is a rendition of Irene's life, which begins with her entry into a rehab facility at age 48. She then rehashes her life, recounting a harrowing ordeal of a childhood that she endured. It reads fast, with the feeling as if Irene is talking with you casually on a front porch. Unfortunately the events of her life cannot be misconstrued as casual; she has a domineering mother who probably has a few screws loose herself, and a father who was barely in the picture. She goes through some traumatic experiences and the fact that Irene lives to tell her story is actually a feat in itself. Judging from the way her life was turning out you would fully expect her to have made some serious wrong choices along the way. Page 19: "One matter stood out most of all - one matter that would make the biggest difference in their point of view and would so profoundly impact me that it could be argued as the defining period of my life, even though it was my parents' issue, and even though it happened some time before I was born. That matter was my brother, Alexander." Amazingly, she escapes her parents and begins to live her life, yet how much can she take from a mother that won't let go even as Irene becomes an adult? What are the long-term effects of mental and physical abuse when the abused becomes an adult? And when Irene gets married, she wonders did she just marry another domineering figure to control her? Irene tells us how she endures the shame and anxiety of growing up in a dysfunctional family, and finally how she coped with it. How Irene was even able to write of her childhood memories and go through it all again is a triumph. I would have assumed the classic reaction would be to block it all out. What is heart wrenching is how Irene remembers simple things like a comment from her mother that Irene's 'tummy sticks out'. Three words that went a long way to fester Irene's hatred for her mom. Or it could have been: (page 81) "As I lay on my bedroom floor in a panic, that was the hour. It was the hour, at nine years old, when I knew I must get away for real. Mom left no question about whether she was my protector or my controller. The sooner I could leave home, the better it would be."This revised edition of The Sitting Swing has the byline "Finding Wisdom to Know the Difference", referring to the popular saying by Reinhold Niebuhr: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." How many times have you muttered that to yourself? Irene is attempting to break the mold of the self-help genre to tell us her own inspiring personal story which really must have been extremely difficult, and is sharing her new-found strength with the average reader to remind us that it is never too late to heal. About halfway through the book, Irene has completed the retelling of the events that lead her up to the rehab facility, and she then explains what she experiences and what her reactions are to the counselors lectures. This is when there is some foul language thrown in via one of the counselors, so I must warn you if that turns you off. But otherwise, I definitely recommend this book. I understand the stigma behind 'self-help' books and even 'inspirational'.. and many feel that is just not the genre for them. I tend to stay away from that type as well. But the insights along with Irene's story make this a worthwhile read. And even though you may not want a sad story about a child's reality, it gives you pause to think. Where do you draw the line between protective and oppressive? And as a mother myself, what off-handed comments have I made that are harmful to my daughter? I shudder to think. Although perhaps this is not a literary masterpiece, this is definitely an eye opening story that is told with a heart and soul that pleads for hope for our society today.

  • Ivana
    2018-12-31 21:26

    Irene Watson's pretentious life could go no further until she faced her own past. Her inspiring memoir begins at the end, in a recovery center, where she has gone to understand a childhood fraught with abuse, guilt, and uncertainty.Irene grew up in a family of Ukrainian immigrants to Canada. She was born after the death of their first child, a boy. That loss, mainly blamed on her mother, had a huge impact on the whole family. Irene's mother keeps her close, protected and safe, but the world she created for Irene is too small. Irene spends her days with her mother and abusive cousins. She learns English first when she starts school, and the lack of language knowledge adds to the separation between her and other kids. Being constantly controlled and corrected by her mother, Irene grows into a defiant, angry girl who can barely wait to leave home. Though she moves on with her life, it always feels like something's missing-or that something is out of place. Now, faced with a possible divorce, Irene comes to Avalon, a recovery center. Apparently, she has no addiction problems, and she is there just to catch the "Avalon jargon" all her friends are talking about, and which could maybe help her in her own job as therapist.This is where the book begins. Here is one of my favorite paragraphs, that perfectly catches the "I don't have a problem" attitude:"Yes, things were off to a terrific start. My best course of action was becoming clearer all the time. Give them some things about me to play with, to feel that they could fix. Show how happy I was to have my problems resolved, and what a different person I could be at graduation. That way I wouldn’t be opening up to people like Gabby, or to people who would put cameras in my room. And along the way, I could make use of the retreat—open up, perhaps, and spend time in personal reflection. Then at graduation, maybe I really would be different. They could let me go, believing they’d made a difference, and I would leave, knowing I had made a difference on my own. But that’s not how it worked at all." p 4Very soon the "miracle of Avalon " becomes apparent. Not only does she realize that there is a problem, but she also learns how to deal with the guilt, shame and abuse from her childhood. She re-writes her life script, breaks free from learned patterns of behavior and finds new confidence within herself.The book is written in a extremely sincere and authentic voice. By telling her life story, Irene reminisces the roots of the dissatisfaction in her life. This book has definitely worked its magic on me. Not to go into details about my personal life-but there is my "aha!" moment within the pages of this wonderful book. It surely got me a lot to think about, and though I finished reading this book several days ago, it's still within my reach. I keep rereading particular places as they really opened my eyes to some things I'd never think existed in me.

  • Sharon Martin
    2019-01-13 19:24

    A beautiful heartfelt book describing a little girls life as she grows up under the dominance of a mother who lived in a bubble of how her life and that of her perfect daughters life would be. Starting from fear of loosing her child, her mother protected Irene to the highest degree, constantly being with her, implanting her thoughts and beliefs and even speaking for her, making her believe that she was not to speak her mind at all. Irene was left to feel worthless and that people were not interested in her input in life at all.A little girl petrified that God would punish her for not sticking to his ten rules, learning from her parents that when he was angry he could create plagues or even kill people. A little girl who sat and watched as her parents themselves went against these rules, confused and fearful. A little girl who was being abused by her cousins and was led to believe that this was her own doing and nothing else. A little girl who had no need for education as she WOULD live locally and WOULD be a farmers wife. Then she met her saviour in friend Margie, who made her feel valued and a real person. She began to open up and challenge her mother but she was going against her perfect girl mother and when she tried to run away it was the final straw and brought out a violent side of her mother that she would never forget. In time she escapes by getting a job away from their small hamlet, but doe she really escape?Left with a lifetime of mental as well as physical abuse, Irene follows her friends hype and enrols into the Avalon Center for a 28 day course on overcoming addictions. Extremely skeptical and believing it all to be a waste of time, she carries on believing at least it would help her when working with her therapy clients, hearing that addiction is only a symptom of the real underlying pain. Until one day close to the end of the course she finally gets it, a light bulb moment which positively changed Irene's life forever.Although covering sad points in Irene's life I found myself fascinated reading about her day to day family life and the area around them. The author has written with a truly open and honest hand, even with a little humor at times. Very easy to read, you can feel the desperate emotion and pain felt at the time by the author and you may also find some possible answers to life's problems yourself. I must admit when reading I love books with short chapters, the only problem with The Sitting Swing was that I kept saying to myself just one more, then another and another, it was very hard to actually put the book down. An inspiring memoir that will empower you to look within yourself with understanding and spirituality. Extremely recommended reading.

  • Jodee
    2018-12-19 20:41

    The Sitting Swing is no longer motionless in this expose'With good intentions, Irene Watson, a certified therapist enters the world of Avalon, a recovery and treatment center with the desire to help her clients build skills and grow into healthier and more stable lives. And maybe, just maybe she can take this time to do some reflective thinking about her marriage—should she stay committed or should she start a new life?Her book opens in a childhood controlled by a mother who fears for her safety. Irene was born after the death of an older brother and her parents desire to keep her protected is stifling. As expected when independence comes she begins her life out of the area. She marries, settles down and develops a competent practice to help others struggling with the challenges of life. Always seeking advancement for herself and her clients, she is introduced to the wonders of Avalon by friends, clients and an odd duck named, Jean. Curious, she signs up for a 28-day stay hoping to learn something. And that is the beginning of a tumble down, fall out, you got to be kidding beginning of, “What did these people see in this? How can this help me or anyone else?” Irene is armed with education, life wisdom and a secure profession. And even it her marriage might be on the rocks, she has high self-esteem and capabilities to survive disaster. She is a self-made, compassionate woman. Stripped of her basic self, she is annihilated to begin searching for a deeper sense of life, love and personhood. And soul bared she finds a gift of rebirth she never expected. Watson takes each reader on a journey into our inner being and like Dr. Mate Gabor author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction (2009) she exposes hidden additions. And by lighting the darkness she offers healing.

  • Michele
    2018-12-27 16:40

    For Everyone Who Enjoys Reading Well-Written MemoirsIrene Watson pours out her heart in this very poignant and honest account of her childhood. The writing is conversational, easy to read and very descriptive. She takes you by the hand and leads you through the early years growing up as a child of Ukrainian immigrants who settled in Alberta, Canada. Dirt poor and sheltered, Irene was shy primarily because she didn't speak or understand English and her primary exposure to the outside world prior to going to public school was what her mother, grieving over the loss of her first baby, and a few bullying cousins had to teach her. For example, for the longest time she believed women found their babies under trees. After making an exhaustive search under every tree in the area, upon further investigation, her mother told her babies were "coughed out." Little Irene coughed herself hoarse for trying to get a baby brother or sister to keep her company. Those are the light moments of The Sitting Swing. The heavier moments, including her mother's physical punishments and her father's neglect, leave scars, which obviously carry through to Irene's adult life.As an adult, Irene enters a rehab facility known as Avalon. It's a 28-day program recommended by "her friends," and through her recollection, she discovers why she went there beyond trying to figure out if she should stay in her marriage. Details of counseling sessions are clear and again, her honesty shines through . . . the author is not afraid to spell out her mistakes or shortcomings on her road to healing. Several typos and what I feel is one missing chapter about life with her husband prior to enrolling at Avalon notwithstanding, I recommend this book to all fans of memoirs. Irene Watson's story will stay with me for a long time.

  • Leah
    2019-01-10 17:26

    Irene is a therapist and her story begins at Avalon’s substance abuse program. She explains her reason for attending as a desire to learn more to help her clients while acknowledging the possibility of gleaning a bit of wisdom for herself to assist with her marital problems. Even before the first meeting Irene finds her past reasserting itself. The first part of the book details her parent’s traditional Ukrainian background, living on the farm with no modern conveniences, the very small town, and her controlling abusive mother and absent father. The second half of the story is her experiences in the twelve-step recovery program.From a psychological standpoint, the information presented mirrored most of what I have heard or read before. While not addicted to alcohol or drugs, Irene realizes she is stuck in co-dependent behaviors that affect her relationship with her loved ones. I did find it interesting that they categorized co-dependency as an addiction. I always understood the definition to refer to an individual who was in an unhealthy emotionally dependent relationship with someone who had a substance abuse problem. The idea that co-dependency could be it’s own addiction was compelling.While I didn’t find her story to be that extraordinary, I absolutely admired her courage in sharing it. I felt sympathy for the little girl with dysfunctional parents who struggled to come of age. I found the dynamics between her and two of her counselors to be particularly intense as they challenged her understanding of herself. It is an emotional journey and I took it with her especially when she finally had the breakthrough moment and released all that pent up misery. This is ultimately an uplifting story about a woman connecting with her spiritual center and finding the courage to blossom into a loving individual who takes responsibility for her happiness.

  • Tami
    2019-01-13 20:22

    As human beings we tend to pattern our lives in very particular ways. We hold onto pain from our past creating cycles of behaviour that colours everything we do, our attitudes about life, and our image of ourselves. We create strategies that serve as walls to block out the feelings of our deep pain. These strategies in turn become our prison assuring that we never escape our bonds. The Sitting Swing looks at one woman's life as she seeks to escape these bonds and deal with her pain. This story follows the author as she is checked into an addiction treatment center for a 28 day period. In this account, she openly admits that she couldn't see her addiction. At one point, she states, "I felt sorry for them, but was grateful not to be among their ranks." Moreover, the author shares her initial plan of providing a good show, shedding a few tears, and then continuing her life as normal. I enjoyed this book for two main reasons. I respected the author's openness and willingness to share her entire story, not just the parts of her experience that might make her look healthy and put together. I believe this aspect of the book will help many people realize that they are not alone in their pain, confusion, and stubbornness. The second aspect of the book that I really liked was that the book did not really focus on the particulars of the author's addiction. Instead, the story looked at addiction as an underlying behavior that manifests as habitual patterns. One of the characters in this book even notes that we all create unhealthy patterns that we habitually follow believing that we can hide from our pain but that the only true way to release this pain is to feel it.

  • Beverly
    2018-12-23 20:22

    Since the writing of her book & since my original reading of the book Irene has passed. This truly was one of my favorite books. I read it to do a review for her and while I knew Irene was talented I had no clue about the amount of talent she had as far as writing went. Because it was her passion I assumed it would be "good" but I never expected to be drawn in so fully. A true story of her life, she talks openly about a childhood that most could never imagine and openly talks about her own feelings. A home that seemed to at times lack love, yet still made you wonder if there wasn't some love there because of how she grew up into such a wonderful woman; you never knew what to expect. As they say the truth is often more astounding than fiction and this book is one of those books to prove so. I love not only reading the truths of her life but the blessings of it also. Knowing her personally made no difference on my liking this book - I never technically had the privilege of meeting her but only knowing her through her company & emails. Her book lives on to serve the purpose of sharing a wonderful story that had to be told and show the amazing way of life that was overcome to provide her family with her beautiful life. Despite the struggles, Irene's memory as you close the book should always be one of a strong little girl that grew into an even stronger woman. God bless her family and may Irene Rest In Peace.I don't recall the actual reading date that I completed this; I apologize for that.

  • Adra
    2019-01-12 16:42

    Insecurity! All of us have encoutered it in our lives at one time or another. The question I pose is this,how many of us have the courage to face it openly? How many of us have the strength put it out there to be seen,shared,and observed by the rest of the world? Author Irene Watson was unfortunately exposed to the following in her life; Tortured by mother and ignored by father; physically abused by her cousin,controlled by her husband Bob; and refused to trust women due to the dysfuctional relationship she and her mother shared. Despite the series of uninfortunate events she was exposed to Irene chose not become a victim to it all. For prevention purposes, she voluntarily checked herself into the Avalon clinic for 28 days. Skeptical about Counselor Gille and his healing methods at first, she comes to find that attending the Avalon clinic provided exactly what she needed to become the successful wife, mother,friend,author,and business woman she is today. The Sitting Swing is a prime example of how successful you can become spiritually from the inside as well as the outside if you deal with your issues at hand appropropriately. More imporantly, as stated by Author Irene Watson, forgiveness plays a vital role in getting it going. I would recommend this book to all rehablitation clinics that place emphasis on healing from a spiritual standpoint. Adra Young:Author of The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues Comment | Permalink

  • Tami Winbush
    2018-12-18 17:40

    I honestly thought I would be reading this 'preachy self-help book' when I opened The Sitting Swing and read the first few paragraphs. Ugh, why am I reviewing this book again? Then I continued to read. Irene's trip to Avalon and her experience with Gilles made me feel happy/mad/understanding. Then the telling of her story had me in tears for nights on end (really only 4 nights). I hated what had happened to her. I felt compassion for her. I understood her. I was at a loss for her. I wanted to gather little Irene and hold her to protect her from the world. Then I got mad. How dare Irene talk about the feelings I had growing up? How dare she put it on paper, and talk about it in her book. (Yes, I too have issues.) That's when I truly knew that her book was extraordinary. There have been only a few books in my life that I wanted to throw down in disgust from hearing my own thoughts. This was one. There was so much depth of feeling in this book that I could see and feel myself in it.I am still working on my journey toward a better me and a new life script. I hope to one day gain the insight that Irene has shown us in her wonderful book. I feel so close to the author after reading this book. I feel calling her by her first name is acceptable and she is a friend I can trust. May we all find the trust of a friend.

  • RYCJ
    2019-01-14 18:22

    This is a deeply personal & powerful memoir of a woman seeking to answer a question buried deep inside the most sacred question ever asked. I must admit however, initially it took a good minute to get into The Sitting Swing. I found myself asking the very question Irene herself was asking. What did she want? - Followed by wanting to know if she had done something to be forced into treatment? If she was forced, why? If she went voluntarily, again why? What happened? Ironically, what makes this memoir powerful, it was the volatile relationship with her mother that not only addressed that very sacred question, but in a most uncanny manner brought The Sitting Swing full-circle. I was quite intrigued by the end. Reflecting back on the mother's purpose; purposes her mother clearly believed in, though guilelessly and naively followed, coupled by the principles Irene pursued in finding her purpose was absolutely edifying. With purpose our life is more meaningful, rewarding, and enriching. What I believe Irene's mother was trying to show her. But without a purpose we flounder and lose ourselves, the subtle message powdering the center of the book, which comes full circle by the end. Picturesque.

  • Judy
    2019-01-01 18:21

    The Sitting Swing is an encouraging and inspiring story of one person’s experiences of growing up that rings true for most of us who have had similar, if not the same kind of story to tell of the kind of childhood abuse that programmed us to think that we are victims who are powerless and helpless to do anything about our external circumstances. Being raised by a controlling mother and an absent father, whether it be emotionally absent or physically absent is more common than not. Few of us have been raised or treated like the children we grew up with on television’s “Father Knows Best,” or the “Donna Reed Show.” The difference between Irene and us, however, is that she had the courage to share her reality with the world in this inspiring story, and did it in such a balanced way that both our emotional and intellectual minds can easily relate and comprehend to the kind of damage that can be done to us while growing up. What I loved the most about The Sitting Swing was that Irene Watson teaches us how we all can take power over our programmed feelings of helplessness, and with love and understanding we too can come to terms with ourselves and go on to lead happy and healthy lives. If you love a love a good ending, you will love this book!

  • Janet
    2018-12-25 14:35

    Irene's story is one in which most of us can relate to in one way or another. While not experiencing the same kind of abuse, there are episodes in growing up that came to mind as I read her own life experiences. Not to make light of her trauma, but I believe it is very common to be scarred in some way by our parents who normally do the best they can, right or wrong. No one is born knowing how to raise kids, and like Irene's parents most people inherit child rearing from their own parents. Unfortunately, we seem to spend a lot of our adult life reflecting on and trying to overcome our experiences in growing up. Irene set a great example of one who not only overcame her trauma, but went on to concur it by learning forgiveness and moving beyond the boundaries her controlling mother had placed on her.

  • Shaila
    2018-12-20 18:31

    The book relates of heart wrenching moment when even in the face of danger, the author was not helped by the woman whose very role was to protect her and keep her from harm's way. It's about both lettinggo and going on in life. The book is cleverly marked with lighthearted instances that help keep readers riveted, such as the author as a girl trying to cough up a child, since that's how she was told babies areborn. An interesting memoir, that will keep you riveted throughout. The author has a clear, easy flowing style that's almost conversational and allows readers to connect almost from the start.

  • Kelly Taylor
    2019-01-07 21:41

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a great story and it really made me think about a lot of different things.