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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.

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Why Bother Selecting?

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How we live our lives is based on the selections we make. In turn, these selections shape our lives. The freedom to choose who and what influences our decisions is nothing to take for granted, rather to be considered carefully.    The Consequence of Our Selections By far, the most life changing, transformative and relevant…

Why Bother Loving Yourself?

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When we know how to love ourselves, we will know how to love others.   Be Nice How well do I treat myself? Do I respect myself as well as someone else? It would seem that we would automatically take care and handle ourselves as we would a good friend, but sometimes we are our…

Why Bother Being Content While Waiting?

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I like the feeling of satisfaction rather than anxiety, peace rather than restlessness and gratitude instead of ingratitude. Yet, those anxious, restless and thankless thoughts and feelings come about without any effort, while satisfaction, peace and gratitude come only when I  consciously practice applying contentment.  I’m Waiting  I’ve waited for a lot of things over…

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