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For Terese Luikens, a picture-perfect childhood it was not. Frequent moves. An emotionally absent mother and an alcoholic father. Suicide.

The sixth of seven children, Terese grew up in an unstable and chaotic household—invisible to her mom yet cherished by her alcoholic dad, who took his own life when Terese was thirteen years old.

This heartfelt memoir documents the chain reaction of a tumultuous family history. From her stormy childhood to the far-reaching effects of her father’s suicide, Terese shares her inspiring journey to escape the shame of her past, find healing and love, learn to trust, and discover faith in a real and personal God.

Terese Luikens

Meet the Author

Writer Terese Luikens contributes articles for Mother Earth News, The Secret Place, Decision Magazine, The Upper Room, Hearts at Home, and the Epoch Times and publishes her own blog, Why Bother? A schoolteacher and a yoga instructor, Terese lives in Sandpoint, Idaho, with her husband and enjoys being mother to three grown sons and grandmother to her much-loved grandchildren.

Latest Blog Posts

Why Bother Reconsidering?

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It is during our formative years that we first get a taste for the things in life. Parents introduce their offspring to certain foods, styles of clothing and music, various genres of books, forms of entertainment, family traditions as well as matters of faith and religion. Then, as adults, we have the choice to consider…

Why Bother Remaining Steady?

Terese Luikens' Grandmother
My Grandma Weber led an orderly life. Without a doubt, she was not one to be easily distracted or one who went off course. And though the evening news may have described the world around her as going to hell in a hand basket, Grandma’s feathers never ruffled under duress.    Calm in the Storm…

Why Bother Not Fretting?

Terese Luikens' dad
 When my father was alive, I didn’t fret too much as a child. Instead, I naturally relied on him for everything I needed. Besides the basics of food, clothing and shelter, Dad gave me tender tending with cuddle times on his lap and lots of hugs to reassure me that all was well even when…

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