A Spacious Reclaiming of Life
By Andrea Pardue
Finding Feral will be released on August 20, 2021!
After the death of my mother, I started to take stock of my life. I was in midlife and it had been a hard, traumatic road. This is my story of finding hope and myself in the tiny green of a sprout, the soaring austere of an eagle, color dripping from a paintbrush, and the possibility of a loving Creator. This is a journey into my willfulness to embrace life at its essence and feel very much on purpose in this world.
"I love the emotion you have when you speak. You have such a melodious way of communicating. It is flowing, calming, and infused with warmth." - Amber Murphy
"I love feeling the desire you have to live in immense ways. You inspire me." - Julianna Ehlert
I had lost my sister, and this book hit a very deep spot in my heart when I read about Pardue's experience in losing her mother. We had two very different experiences, but the pain and the loss - well, some things can be universal at their core.
Pardue's writing was easy to absorb while also being emotive and heart-wrenching. Finding Feral was effortless in pulling me in and kept the pages turning until the last one. Pardue explains her life circumstances while also giving us a look into her feelings surrounding losing her mom and then the state of her life after. If there is one thing I learned about losing someone is that you can distinctly feel and separate the experiences - there is the before the loss and after the loss. Pardue's writing made me feel less alone because her writing was able express some of what I was feeling. And how very loss one can feel when in grief.
Regardless whether or not someone is going through grief, Pardue's story is set to let the reader in on her life experiences while maintaining the reader's attention through her intricate and emotional writing.
Andrea Pardue is a simple soul who has meekly braved each step of her life’s joys and hardships. She discovered the expressive arts as therapy in her darkest moment, studied her guts and soul out to find her way to a liberating, feral freedom to participate in life again. This is her first book. She lives with her husband and three boys in Texas. A piece of her heart remains on Whidbey Island. She leads small groups in expressive arts and loves to hear the soul stories of others. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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