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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 Not Taking Offense?

Taking up an offense against someone is a human response that results in missing out. But why is it that we become offended in the first place? Perhaps it’s because we believe we have something to defend, or maybe the person with whom we are offended has struck a chord that rings true. Either way,…

Why Bother to Press Pause?

I cannot count the times I’ve crawled under my desk, at home and at work, to unplug the cords to my computer. It seems that when I call for technical assistance, this is the first thing they suggest: unplug everything and count to 60 and then plug everything back in again. Sometimes, that is what…

Why Bother Learning from the Coots?

I am fortunate. I live in an area where wildlife and humans coincide. My yard is a well established trail way for deer and moose who sometimes bed down, nibble on my fruit trees or eat bird seed from my feeder. Then there are the geese, who when flying south for the winter, take a…

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