A once vibrant oak tree in her yard began dying, voicing cries of help through its dead leaves and moss-covered branches. Inside the house Barbara too was in crisis, the recipient of her husband’s anger and rage. As time passes Barbara can no longer stay strong. While she deals with her own demons, the oak too weakens. Based on a true story, this woman takes us inside her emotionally charged existence, letting us feel the anguish of domestic abuse, divorce, attempted suicides, and incarceration in a mental institution. A savior finally unravels the mystery surrounding her dysfunctional mental state and leads her on the path to recovery. This book is a must-read for anyone going through domestic abuse or depression, or family members who are trying to make sense out of the situation.
This is an excellent book. We, as physicians, must always question that the obvious answer may not be correct. Medicine is a career of learning, unlearning, and learning anew as new diseases and cures are discovered. We should never avoid questioning a diagnosis or treatment as was well demonstrated by this book. –Mark Tuttle, MD
"Written in the first person The Shattered Oak is a metaphor for the grievously battered protagonist. I literally couldn't put it down once I began to read it. And I am forever changed as a result. Aware, certain, cautious. If every woman would read and assimilate the message imbibed herein we may validate far fetched hunches of intentions sooner than later. True story . . . or a documentary on wickedness as an interactional style. Evil, in the raw, towards another, brought before my eyes as played out in realtime in the privacy of their household. Riveting, chilling compelling." - Hyacinth Charles, CRC, LMHC, FDC Psychotherapist, Holistic Health and Prevention