Monday, August 25, 2014

Through the Glass Book Review

I have another thought provoking book that I wanted to share with you called Through the Glass written by Shannon Moroney.

“One month into our marriage, my husband committed horrific violent crimes. In that instant, the life I knew was destroyed. I vowed that one day I would be whole again. This is my story.”

An impassioned, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful story of one woman’s pursuit of justice, forgiveness, and healing.

When Shannon Moroney got married in October 2005, she had no idea that her happy life as a newlywed was about to come crashing down around her. One month after her wedding, a police officer arrived at her door to tell her that her husband, Jason, had been arrested and charged in the brutal assault and kidnapping of two women. In the aftermath of these crimes, Shannon dealt with a heavy burden of grief, the stress and publicity of a major criminal investigation, and the painful stigma of guilt by association, all while attempting to understand what had made Jason turn to such violence.

In this intimate and gripping journey into prisons, courtrooms, and the human heart, Shannon reveals the far-reaching impact of Jason’s crimes and the agonizing choices faced by the loved ones of offenders. In so doing, she addresses the implicit dangers of a correctional system and a society that prioritize punishment over rehabilitation and victimhood over recovery.
My thoughts:

This book will grab you in however way it will, because some will see it differently than others but my point of view is that Jason was so absorbed in what happened to him as a child and b what his own mother did along with her many boyfriends, that when he took these pills he was using, he blacks out and doesn't remember doing things.

To his credit, he actually called the police himself when he realized what he had done and asked them to come and get him. I don't think a truly bad and someone who can't be saved would have done that. It showed great courage on his part to do the right thing once he realizes that he did something wrong and needed to make up for it.

As for Shannon, his wife of only a month, I can definitely see where this might make her very angry and upset and hurt. I give her credit for standing by him as long as she did but facing reality and given the charges against Jason, they both realized something had to change for Shannon's sake.

I am sure the decisions that they made were not taken lightly and it's sad that came down to what it did, I believe I would have sent him to a mental hospital for awhile and then maybe some prison time, so I am not totally sure of the verdict. For the victims family it was probably just and fair but Jason also was a victim who just really needed some physiological help and I am not sure you get that in prison.

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Shannon faced difficult choices as she searched for a path that would lead her out of trauma and toward a positive future. She was awarded a fellowship to complete a Masters' degree in England where she studied trauma and resilience. When she returned to Canada, she became active in the emerging field of restorative justice and began speaking out about her experience, sharing a raw and honest account of the impact that Jason’s crimes had on her professional and community status, as well as on her relationships with others and herself. In detailing her heartbreaking story of grief, violence, judgment and stigma, she also tells the story of a journey filled with compassion, restoration, forgiveness and hope. 

Since 2008, Shannon has been addressing audiences around the world. Her memoir, Through the Glass, was published in Canada in 2011 where it became an instant national bestseller and nominee for several awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. In 2012, it was published internationally. 

Shannon now lives in Toronto, Canada, where she is remarried and the mother of twins. A volunteer with Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE), she is also a contributor to the international Forgiveness Project.  In 2012, Shannon's interview for CBC's The Current with Anna Maria Tremonte was named among the top 10 in the programs 10 years on air.

Disclosure: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


Mariah Ellis said...

That is really a tough question. I think it would need to be handled on a case by case basis. Haha, maybe have a mental hospital portion of prisons?