Christianity Today from an Irish Perspective


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By Dr Rosaleen O’Brien

ISBN: 1234567890
Published: 2008
Pages: 53
Key Themes: poetry, philosophy, social justice, Ireland, female experience


This collection of poetry covers a range of subjects close to this Irish woman’s heart: the treatment of unwed mothers, the burgeoning military conflicts world-wide, the persistance of poverty. Wisdom and generosity abound from a lady who has herself experienced so much you might expect her not to have much left to give others. This collection of poetry is a testament to the soul’s ability to heal.

About the Author

I have been in receipt of trauma counselling since 1999 on a daily basis,at times speaking till the early hours of the morning.Support from my trauma Counsellor helps me to come to terms with accepting that what has happened to me cannot now be changed. I cannot ever forgive those who had a vicarious liability to look after me and failed. As a result of being locked away for some years all because we were poor has brought certain limitations to my day to day life. Writing is a form of therapy and allows me to be free to be the person that I want to be, and should have been my birthright. Through writing I can reach out to others who may have had such an unfortunate experience as myself . Daily flashbacks can be upsetting and I fill my life with things to do so as to block them out. Day to day life can be exhausting and coping mechanisms that I learnt in order to survive have not helped me in the outside world. God help all fellow survivors and perhaps one day Ireland will accept the terrible price we paid. Shame on all you right thinking residents in Ireland to allow the government and Catholic Church to ignore harm done to me and many others who are either dead or too ill to tell their story. Thanks to Chipmunkapublishing I have been able to confront my demons and a Big Thank you to Reatha my trauma counsellor without her I would not be here today writing about my stolen life.

Book Extract


There are many problems facing Christians today
Abandonment of children still goes on
We may be in danger of losing our way
If we turn our back and carry on
However, all is not lost there is a guiding hand
Jesus gave His life for us
And this we must understand
The word abandon has another meaning
Which is what Jesus also meant
Abandon all your sinful ways
This is the message that Jesus sent
Only abandon that which has no good use
Church and governments have abandoned children
We read of worldwide child abuse
Today things have not moved on that much
Easier to turn a blind eye
Church and government are out of touch
Adoption in the fifties brought its own problems
The young Mum to be, never knew where to begin
The Church ensured that the expectant mother
Would never bring up the baby within




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