Foreword by Patch Adams, humanitarian clown and MD
Also featuring an with interview with Patch Adams
This intimate book offers you tools to:
- Help survivors identify their emotions, better understand the impact of sexual assault, and open pathways to their healing journey ;
- Encourage partners, friends and caregivers to share the feelings they and their loved ones are experiencing in order to better support them in their journey;
- To inspire readers to create their own diary-like workbook.
Intimidated in his family, at school and at work, Guy, the “Silent Good Boy” avoided attracting attention – but his nightmares caught up with him. Scared by his sexuality, alone, he desperately sought love to give meaning to his life. While his passion for the arts sends him to study in Europe, mysterious and unexpected memories emerged...
Through sixty years of incredible adventures spanning three continents, at times humorous, tender and even shocking, Canadian-born artist Guy Giard reveals the secret of how he healed himself from repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse, PTSD, low self-esteem and suicidal ideation. In this page-turner of an autobiography, you’ll be amazed at the extent to which realms as varied as music, art, journaling, humanitarian clowning, and Vipassana meditation restored Mr. Giard’s love and gave him a new purpose in life.
We have had the privilege to have Guy on several of our clown trips. He is a big, softhearted soul whose radiant smile has brought much glee and stimulation for the trips. He and I have spoken often, and I truly feel his passion for living radiantly, using clowning as a tool to help midwife a loving world. To hear of his own transformation to bring a loving soul will inspire others to try it on. Let him sparkle your environment.
—Patch Adams, MD, physician, comedian, social activist, clown, author, and founder of the Gesundheit! Institute
To Guy. Never forget that you have a gift. A gift of resilience. And for those who don’t have that and are still suffering, it is your life’s purpose to heal others. Keep open to the gifts the universe gives you. With love. Thank you.
—Judy Carter, comedian, motivational speaker, and author
This book by Guy Giard is not only well written, but also a very useful reference that promotes hope in the therapeutic process of integrating the trauma experienced by victims of assault suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This book can also be an interesting read for therapists treating victims of aggression.
—Marjolaine Gosselin, PHD, retired psychologist
5,0 on 5 stars on Amazon for the French edition
Such an inspiring book. This book by Guy Giard is quite unique and such a delight to read. It exposes raw emotions and it is written in such a beautiful way but without leaving the complex agony of going through such hardship. I can really relate to some of his emotions and I applaud him for writing this book.
I highly recommend this book as it is so deep and so amazing on such different levels of human emotions. Powerful words for such an incredible story of life not always being what you think it will be… I really loved reading this book.
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