Wave Rider: Poetic Journey from Abuse to Wholeness
Review by Penny Harrison
I enjoy the opportunities book reviews provide me to read styles of literature and topics that I may not have sought out on my own. This was true this time, as well. While I used to write poetry, I very seldom read more than a poem or two. From the very first paragraph, however, I knew this wasn't your typical book of sonnets.
The book details the self described "Poetic Journey" that Rebecca takes throughout her life, lowest points to healing heights. Her words have the ability to draw a parallel to where she was in that moment and a place inside of your memory. While I may not hold the same spritiual beliefs, her path was profound and she refused to give up. Instead, she found a way to do more than survive. She found what she needed to meet her potential and in the process of sharing, help others to do the same. She speaks of having the courage to "fly" and listening to and being aware of the beauty and spirit around each of us.
If I may share a stanza of just one other wonderful poems in this work, "Teaching My Spirit To Fly", you will see how profound and uplifting her spirit became and how completely she is able to share it with the reader.
"You cannot be afraid or timid if you want to fly.
Fearlessness and courage support your wings.
Determination and tenacity stoke your spirit.
Clarity of purpose hones your vision."
I cannot read those words and not imagine her fighting spirit and I want to fly beside her. Thank you, Ms. Fitton, for sharing your story and letting the pain you endured, storms you have weathered, and triumphs you have celebrated become a testament to all those who chose to read this work of heart.
(Excerpt from page 33, Spaciousness)
Spiritual Memoir / Poetry
Wave Rider is a poetic reflection of author Rebecca Fitton’s long journey to heal from sexual abuse, abandonment, and neglect, building a new world based on wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. Her journey has taken a lifetime. To use the metaphor of waves, sometimes the undertow nearly drowned her—but she survived. Now her beautiful and profound book offers inspiration to others who have also suffered greatly from abuse.
"Rebecca’s journey, delightfully presented through her sacred poetry, resonates with an archetypal journey shared by many. The intimacy of her sharing and beautifully aligned prose guides us into a state of consciousness where peace can be found. Her book is a delicious delving into the sacredness of individuation." —Melissa Pickett
"It is said that the longest journey begins with the first step. Truthfully, something precedes the first step: saying “yes” to the journey. In her book of poems, Rebecca invites us into her journey—one that says a resounding “yes” to life and an emphatic “no” to abuse. Her voice found through poetry, Rebecca speaks with courage, determination, and delight. My life-journey is the richer after reading her poems." —Paul Chitwood, L.M.T.
"I have been reading Rebecca’s poetry for a few years now. Her choice of words in describing deep emotions, life’s challenges, and pivotal awareness-evoking experiences creates for me a rich and expansive tapestry of multidimensional memories, feelings, and a desire to explore further within myself issues and life mysteries raised by her poetry." —Emily M. Smith
Rebecca Pott Fitton explored different places and professional work. She grew up in Delaware and went to college in upstate New York. After graduating from Keuka College, she earned an M.A. in international relations at the University of Delaware. Then she headed to Michigan for careers in urban planning and health-care administration and an MBA from the University of Detroit. She continued working in health care in Ohio and retired as president of CareView Home Health in Middletown, Ohio. Retirement can be a busy time. Fitton brought her business acumen to service on five nonprofit boards. After her husband, Richard, died, she realized that the time had come to remake herself. As the lyrics of the song go, “I’d built a life wrapped so tight it was strangling me.” Freedom was a spirit call from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Thank you to WOW! Women on Writing for allowing me an opportunity to participate in this book blog tour!
Be sure to check out some of the future blog stops on this tour:
Feb 7 @ Deb Blanchard
Teacher Deb Blanchard gives insight into Wave Rider the touching story of Rebecca Fitton and her poetic journey from abuse to wholeness
Feb 8 @ Bring on Lemons with Michelle DelPonte
Michelle DelPonte shares her review of Rebecca Fitton's Wave Rider today at Bring on Lemons. Don't miss this exciting blog stop and book giveaway.
Feb 9 @ Writer’s Pay it Forward with MC Simon
MC Simon reviews Wave Rider by Rebecca Fitton for readers at Writers Pay it Forward. Don't miss this honest review of this touching and poetic journey.
Feb 10 @ Book Santa Fe with Tange Dudet
Avid reader and book enthusiast Tange Dudet shares her thoughts and feelings after reading the touching and poetic journey of Rebecca Fitton as she went from a life of abuse to wholeness.
Feb 13 @ Bring on Lemons with Cindi Ashbeck
Cindi Ashbeck shares her thoughts and feelings after reading the moving story Wave Rider by Rebecca Fitton.
Feb 14 @ Bring on Lemons with Tara Forst
Wisconsin mom, foster mom, wife, babywearing enthusiast, and business owner Tara Forst reads and review Wave Rider by Rebecca Fitton.
Feb 15 @ The Constant Story with David W. Berner
Author and radio personality David W Berner reviews Rebecca Fitton’s book Wave Rider and shares his thoughts with readers at The Constant Story.
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