‘Startling Beauty’ is a stunning portrayal of spiritual and emotional restoration.
Raped in her own home, in fear for her children’s safety and battling with a decision about the ‘morning-after pill’, Heather Gemmen could have seen her life as one extended nightmare. But she didn’t.
Written with a rare blend of grit and subtlety, Heather’s gripping true-life story brings hope for anyone going through dark times.
‘The only book I have ever read non-stop. Men and women must read this book to understand the devastating consequences of rape, and how God can transform the most agonising of experiences.’ – Sue Barnett, author and speaker.
‘Heather’s story is about hope; how beauty can rise out of the ashes of violence and fear, when we allow God to take charge.’ -Lyndon and Celia Bowring, CARE.
I had to keep reading this powerful and moving story to its conclusion. Amazing – and compelling.’ – Fiona Castle, author and speaker.
‘Heather makes you feel you know her personally . . . Her book is soul-searching, shocking, inspiring, relentless in its honesty and totally absorbing – I simply could not put it down.’ – Elizabeth Beeney, wife and mother.
A writer, editor and speaker, Heather says, ‘I love to laugh, so people are often surprised to hear hat I have my own story of pain. I think we are all comforted when we know we aren’t alone, when we see others who have found joy.’ Heather and her husband Steve live in Colorado with their four children, Deshawn, Chad, Simon and Rachael.