Recent Reviews for Beth Fehlbaum
Courage in Patience (Book) - 10/1/2007 2:48:02 PM|
Courage in Patience (Texas) is a compelling and stark story by Author Beth Fehlbaum of the horrific effects of child abuse, religious dogma / idiocy not only on its main character Ashley Archer, but also on the population of those small backwater hamlets of Texas. But they could be anywhere. The tribulations of this innocent child growing into a young woman makes one cringe with its inflicted descriptive brutalities. In reading this book, one cannot help but experience a visceral reaction, which seems to call for violence to oppose not only the sick-minded pedophile-'fathers,' but also the sick-minded 'mothers' who tolerate such behavior in the name of their own 'security.'
But it is also a story of hope for young adults, should they seek and find the many decent people who abhor abuse and vicious criminal actions of any kind. It is made quite clear in this book that one of the main obstacles to finding such help for abuse victims resides in the fact that the victims have been so traumatized that they no longer believe such decency exists within their communities. Thus, it is even more devastating when mothers, the so-called protectors of the young, ignore the facts and choose to believe the evil among them simply does not exist, or make some self-serving excuses.
Courage in Patience, however, finds a way out and reaffirms basic decency for Ashley Archer to find. And find it she does, notwithstanding the very obstacles she faces for her life to come. In the process, bigotry and brutality are confronted and finally, the villain gets his just deserts. (Just in time, before I hired a tank, found Patience, TX on the map, and blew that turkey away (the pedophile, not the town) - sorry, I get riled up with injustice).
In the final analysis, it is a book of hope for young adults who may, perhaps, have encountered such overwhelming evil. Highly recommended.
Chapter One, Courage in Patience (Short Story) - 12/13/2008 10:11:32 AM
Simply put, this story is amazing so far. I was completely drawn in from the beginning. Ashley's voice is clear and strong, and you get a sense of her as a character. The opening lines also make me want to read further.
Is this an excerpt from a completed work? I am looking forward to reading Chapter Two.
Chapter One, Courage in Patience (Short Story) - 10/13/2008 6:07:08 PM
The Closet (Short Story) - 11/9/2007 5:00:32 PM
why would her brother have let it go on so long? the part about the trees seems kinda random....
The Closet (Short Story) - 11/9/2007 2:35:16 AM
Powerful story, Beth; very well penned! BRAVA!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Victorious Heart (Article) - 9/15/2008 10:12:17 PM
Congratulations ! and Wish you all the best for you book Victorious Heart. Hope it will make victory over millions of heart.
Of burning diaries, facing fears, and coming out the other side (Article) - 8/31/2008 4:12:27 PM
As I've told you before... I wish you only the best in this journey as it is a topic that needs to be tackled as much as possible... This subject will also be my own project in the near future... I've put it off long enough...:-)) Good going girl... lindalaw
Just reading the synopsis.. grabbed at my heart and (Article) - 8/29/2008 7:04:41 PM
This had to make your heart sing... wonderful. lindalaw
Four Key Things I Learned About Recovery From Incest (Article) - 8/25/2008 1:55:35 PM
As A survivor, I thank you for this!
Dancing above the Fear (Article) - 8/25/2008 1:54:21 PM
Thank God for you and people like you, who give us an ear, and a vioce that's now being heard loudly, all over the world! Congratulations!!
Don't Write a Poem About Rape (Article) - 8/25/2008 1:52:06 PM
Very brave to write this story. As one who has been there, more than once, I can say that the healing begins when you can speak and write about the violent act! It takes away your trust, your feeling of being save, and the ability to feel you are worthy. I know. It's along, painful fight, but it can be won, and you will win it, because women are made of indestrucible material! you can bruise us, but we wont be destroyed! It's past garbage, but sometimes finding the right disposal is hard. Keep looking, my dear sweet child, because it is there, deep inside you!
Love and warm hugs!
Dancing above the Fear (Article) - 8/20/2008 7:28:48 AM
Writing such a topic has to take understanding, and courage in patience! This is a subject that was avoided for many decades in modern times, and it continues to be a horrible crime to this day...the scars and stains that remain on the victim are forever ingrained; however...hope and lifting of the veil is cathartic and will ease the living to a better quality of life even with the trauma and suffering that will always be within... There is life after... so your book of hope is inspirational for those who seek it. I am so happy for you, and know that seeing and holding your book within your hands is certainly something to be proud of... Good luck to you in this adventure... lindalaw
Four Key Things I Learned About Recovery From Incest (Article) - 7/21/2008 5:15:44 PM
Recovering,i.e.While The (Your) Pain May Go Away THE SCARS REMAIN THE SAME....
Four Key Things I Learned About Recovery From Incest (Article) - 7/19/2008 5:58:22 AM
It is almost fear that keeps one from responding to such an article...however, I did go to the blogspot and read Joy's postings, and was taken with the courage she has displayed. Thank you Beth, I have forwarded this info to four women that I know and love....in the hope that it will help them to begin to walk instead of crawl back to humanity. lindalaw
Don't Write a Poem About Rape (Article) - 7/18/2008 7:44:33 AM
The sad part is the rejection of such a soul wrenching crime... Always be ashamed oh victim.... lest our virgin ears be filled with truth. Honorably written, graphic perhaps...but how else can rape be reported? This is a beautifully written work of a horrific painful life staining event. lindalaw
Don't Write a Poem About Rape (Article) - 7/9/2008 12:03:48 PM
Wow. That is so sad. What a horrible thing to have happened. What a beautiful poem.
Don't Write a Poem About Rape (Article) - 7/1/2008 3:51:23 AM
Powerful! I have covered crime and the courts as a reporter for more than 34 years and have seen how normally good men and women shrink from listening to reports of rape and abuse -- "too graphic" they say. "Oh, she must have led him on," others will smirk. It's the reactions of people like your editor taht cause victimized women to refrain from reporting rape, freeing the bastards to prey on their next victim.
Don't Write a Poem About Rape (Article) - 6/30/2008 8:50:41 PM
Incredible! I would like to think Beth's account of how an editor
responded to her Rape poem is impossible. Sadly, it's all too
incredible. It's one thing to reject the Rape poem, but to do so
with such vitriol, such close-minded, pompous, ignorance, and
the kind of hate that is dangerous to be on the loose, is incredible.
That editor, in fact, should be hauled into court for sexual abuse.
All of that said, let me add, Beth, that your Don't Write a Poem About
is some of the best, most powerful, writing I've read in many a year.
I hope, we all hope, that soon our society will the evil of rape
as seriously, and with as much anguish, as you do. Incredible. -gene.
Don't Write a Poem About Rape (Article) - 6/30/2008 7:38:16 PM
Right we better not do that it might be too damned right if we did, oooocould gather all the rapist up and burn them to bits, but then that wouldn't be right either...it wouldn't be too fresh, nope too fresh at ALL!
This poem is right ont point and the utmost to me, it should be heard and read by all that could stand it.
But then we know that wouldn't be fresh they have read all the stale poem before.
We shall all continue to try to triump over this notorious EVIL reeking and reaping mankind/ but more or less WOMAN KIND!!
Don't Write a Poem About Rape (Article) - 6/30/2008 5:59:08 PM
If I had a choice between combat 'again' and going through what the author of this poem experienced, I'd pick combat.
The feeling of helplessness and fear in "Don't Write a Poem About Rape" screams from the page. You can hear the raw pain--both physical and mental--the sense of helplessness renewed by the editor's callus comments. I feel it would be impossible to erase or ease this with a few words from a stranger, but I canít help myself. I have to respond. Those words on this page are the only way the author has to cope--the only way to start healing and regain a life lost.
What is frightening here is that this editor has seen so many poems about rape, that he has become inhuman and in league with the rapist. Maybe he was a rapist once. What does that tell us about our culture and our society? Although I would never wish this same tragedy on another person, maybe that editor should experience the same thing to understand what this can do to destroy a person's life--making it uninhabitable. It is no wonder that we find the traditional method of publishing going out of style where it is possible for jaded editors and agents to lose touch with their own humanity as they wade through the slush pile rejecting poems, books and short stories because the first sentence sounds like so many others.
I have a sixteen year old daughter and if this happens to her, I can only hope she comes to me and lets me know.
Don't Write a Poem About Rape (Article) - 6/28/2008 11:49:11 PM
This is the world's vomit, the stench of violation and desolation of the soul. It pushed me to tears of pity and revulsion and a screaming lust for revenge.
May Beth keep telling her tale - again and again and again until the world listens and screams her agony to the heavens. And F***k those who don't wish to listen.
Women of Magdalene- compelling, enthralling (Article) - 6/7/2008 4:47:46 PM
Thank you, Beth, for your thoughtful and thought-provoking comments.
Horton Hears a Who Inspired Me (Article) - 3/20/2008 1:05:07 PM
Hear! Hear! Thank you for speaking out on this issue. We MUST be heard. Thank you.
I felt like you were telling everyone's story- from a reader (Article) - 11/18/2007 2:03:57 PM