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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 With Order?

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When there is order to life, there is a sense of harmony. When there is disorder, there is discord and cacophony. We are created with an innate expectation for order. If we did not expect there to be order, then we wouldn’t know the difference when things were out of order.    Sense of Security…

Why Bother Knowing We are Special?

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Although I felt favored by Dad above all of my siblings, I was not the favored one. Dad loved everyone of his offspring.  Though I thought I was not the only one who got to sit on his lap on the front porch swing, I was not. He gave his one-to-one attention to all my…

Why Bother Considering Our Influencers?

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Who we admire and why we admire them is an important consideration these days. The internet is flooded with self-made celebrities and with just a little click, we invite them into our lives.  Though we may never meet them, we “follow” them. Though we have no idea of who they truly are, we “like” them.…

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