100 Pennies: A Journey to Forgive the Unforgivable
100 Pennies: A Journey to Forgive the Unforgiveable is Gaetane Martin's story, a story that is rooted in her childhood in rural Canada. Those roots held childhood hunger, incredible poverty, generational incest and an ever-present fear of violence from an alcoholic father. Those roots also held the seeds of the activist she became, of the woman no longer afraid to speak her truth, and shows how she found her way to the flowering of a healthy and happy life; how she was able to forgive the unforgiveable and, in so doing, set herself free.
This autobiographical memoir covers her life span from childhood to present, a necessary approach in order to show the repeating patterns of dysfunction that flowed from childhood trauma to adulthood, patterns hiding just below the surface that directed her actions without her conscious awareness. It was only through an unquenchable hope for a better life and a belief that there had to be another way to live that she was able to endure, heal and ultimately triumph.
100 Pennies is a journey of self-discovery, healing and transformation. But it is not just Gaetane's story. It is a story told by so many women. How does a young woman survive childhood incest and desperate hunger and become seemingly stable and successful in her career while continuing to make so many poor choices in her marriages .How does an accomplished woman end up settling for crumbs from a series of men who are never available to her?
Certifications and a life's work helping others couldn't save her. When she started to save herself through her strong faith and deep exploration with therapists and alternative healers was she able to rebuild her relationships with her children and find a love match solidly on equal ground with a man who was not a stand-in for her father.
The author's fervent wish is that by telling her story, it will help others face their own past traumas, see their self-defeating patterns and find their own pathways to healing.