Emerging from Broken Book News and my Birthday Wishes


book photo a shrinkMy birthday is this week and I have a special request. I am about to publish the first Emerging from Broken downloadable e-book; “Emerging from Broken ~ The Beginning of Hope for Emotional Healing”  Signing the movie contract to appear as an emotional healing expert in the new self-help film “The Secrets of the Keys” got me all fired up to get my book done and I am really excited about being so close to the finish line! There is one very important thing left to accomplish on my “to do” list and it involves YOU!  

This e-book is an adaptation of the first third of the work I published here in the EFB blog and I am collecting ‘endorsements’ and any positive feedback for what I have presented in this website, for the book. I am asking my readers to post something that can be included in book itself, and for the promotion here on this page so that they are all in one place and easy for me to cut and paste into the manuscript and the other places they will be used.

For example you could share how reading my website, or the Emerging from Broken Facebook page has made a difference in your life, or how my work has impacted you on your journey. 

I am going choose several of these quotes for the inside cover of the book, some for a page on “what people are saying about Darlene Ouimet and Emerging from Broken” and some for the sales promotion.

I am going to publish a work book later this year and I will use some of these quotes, blurbs and endorsements on that book as well.

Please specify how you would like your comment to appear! If you would like just a first name, full name, screen name or anonymous please sign your comment entry that way.

If you don’t want your comment seen here on this public page, please send me your comment through the “contact” button above, exactly the way you would like to see it added to the book including your signing name. (I will use anonymous for any comments that I receive that don’t specify how they want their name to appear.)  As always, your privacy and security is most important to me.

If you would like your website or your own book mentioned, please include that in your signature after your comments~ for example, two of the people who have written endorsements signed them this way: (the endorsement itself is not included here in this post)

Mel Carnegie ~ Creator of The DeNA Revolution and Author of “I’m Still Standing” (You may include the link to your book page as well)

 Christina Enevoldsen ~ Co-Founder of Overcoming Sexual Abuse www.overcomingsexualabuse.com

Special note to Clients; if you would like to identify yourself as a client, please feel free to send me an email. I am fine with signing your blurb with just “client” and not publishing your name. If you do not want to identify yourself as a client, that is fine too! Just sign the quote, blurb or whatever you want to call it the way you would like it to appear.

Therapists, Psychologists and other mental health professionals; I will include links to your website if you have a blog or have published a book. Please don’t use this space for advertising your private practice.  

Please help me get one of my final goals accomplished on my way to publishing this book I have been working on for close to 3 years!  Who better to tell the world what EFB is about, what it means and how it impacts, than the readers themselves!

I am on target to have this first e-book published and downloadable right from this website, sometime this July or August 2014.  

I hope to have the workbook to accompany this first book finished and ready for download by September or October 2014.  

And since I started a second book while I was procrastinating about the first book, there will be another book coming sometime in the fall of 2014 or Early 2015.

If you want to be sure to receive updates about this book and future books, please sign up with your email address through the button in the right side bar by downloading the free “guide to getting unstuck on the healing journey.” 

Thanks Everyone!! I appreciate you all so much. Without the readers and the people who comment and share their own stories, this website would not be the amazing body of work that it is!

Hugs, Darlene Ouimet

85 response to "Emerging from Broken Book News and my Birthday Wishes"

  1. By: Darlene Ouimet Posted: 18th July

    Thank you so much EVERYONE who left a comment here.

    When I gathered up all the comments that were sent to me through here and through email, the total was over 150 of them and they were all so amazing it took me 2 full days to decide which one’s to use where!(it was a really great problem to have though.. and I was overwhelmed with gratitude and the realization that my original dream and goal ~ to touch lives with my message of hope and healing ~ had come true!

    I added about 7 pages of these gift quotes to the book, but that was only about 35 comments, which we selected for their unique message and variety of expression.

    I will be using the rest for promotion and maybe even some of them in the second book (which is going to be a collection of the middle years worth of my work; all the hard stuff, family stuff etc) and there will be a workbook to follow as well.

    Thank you all so much! Anything posted here after this comment will be collected for the next book.

    One last exciting bit of news!! I sent my manuscript to Best selling author and personal development expert Brain Tracy and he sent me a testimonial quote which I am going to use on the book cover!

    I just sent the final changes to my editor!! Stay tuned!

    hugs, Darlene

  2. By: kathryn Posted: 11th July

    Hi Darlene,

    I have been a reader of the blog for many years. I can attest to the power of the articles that shed clear light on the issues and help me to grow and change. In several instances I found just the key I needed to go to the depth of my pain and injustices. This blog has been one of my valued sources in my many years of healing. Thank you!!

  3. By: Lora Posted: 7th July

    Congrats Darlene on all your successes with your web site. So happy for you!

    I can’t remember how I discovered your web site, somehow it made it onto my face book page one day. I was already well on my way to my own healing journey and your articles were like the missing pieces I needed to validate my own truths. The way you broke down the dysfunctional playouts we have with our families has really helped me see more clearly what damage has been caused to my self esteem.

    The ride can be very bumpy at times and having a safe place to come to when I feel discouraged has helped me a great deal. What a comfort to know I am not alone or crazy with how I feel inside. I appreciate all your insights and they always give me hope. Thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us. Namaste!

  4. By: Holly Posted: 6th July

    Darlene. I cannot wait for the details of your book, please keep us posted! Please know how much your website has helped me. It’s a place of comfort and somewhere to go to read your great articles and see how many people share the same problems. Often with bad childhood we feel so alone and this is a place to come to know you are not alone and others are dealing with similar issues. We come here and gather together to share our struggles and gain support, compassion and know we are not alone. This website has been a lifesaver for me.

  5. By: Linda Baccus Posted: 6th July

    I would like to tell you a short story. I was a single mon for 18 ywars until I remarried 25 years ago. My son was 3 years old when his dad left. He has not seen or talked to him since the day he left. My son is now 47 years old with three children. He had no roll model, but he is a super dad, husband and business man. He owns a multi million business.

    This past Father’s Day I wanted to write him a note from me telling him how proud I am of him and how much I love his family.

    I was lost for words. I checked the internet and found your site. Thank you for your suggestions on how to write what you feel from your heart.

    I was so pleased when I finished the letter. My son was very moved when he read the letter.

    I have really enjoyed your web site.

    Thank you

    Linda Baccus

  6. By: Darlene Ouimet Posted: 3rd July

    Hi Everyone!
    I am going to be collecting these quotes for about another 5 days. (but I am going to be publishing another book in the fall, so some of these and any new ones will go to the next book) I am overwhelmed with gratitude and my heart if overflowing from all the amazing comments here! hugs, Darlene

    P.S. there is a new post this week on the home page ~ “When Society defends abuse and abusers instead of the abused child” https://emergingfrombroken.com/when-society-defends-abuse-and-abusers-instead-of-the-abused-child/

  7. By: Mariam Posted: 1st July

    Hi Darlene, I was a very troubled soul when I first found your blog in December 2012. I’ve been quietly reading your blog ever since. Although I never commented before but I kept coming to this blog whenever I felt BROKEN. I stay in India which is in another part of the world than where you stay and culturally very different from your country, but every word you say here resonates with me. Truth is the same everywhere!

    I find your blog really very special because of the way u expose the truth….. You straightaway speak to our hearts!

    I think you are the first person to validate my feelings!!! Thank you so much!! I’ve changed quiet a bit as a person since I started reading your blog ! I feel more like me because of the courage I found here to be myself !

  8. By: Spence Posted: 30th June

    Darlene is a life saver! My whole life I felt that I was the problem child. After finding Darlene’s website, I realized that the problem was not with me, but with my abusive parents. What a difference that belief system makes! I am new to this type of healing process, and already I feel better. I could not have done it without Darlene’s help and stories about her struggles as a child. She is an awesome woman!

  9. By: Danielle Bernock Posted: 29th June

    Darlene & everyone else – I wish I simply go through here & “like” your posts like on Facebook. So many people. So many different stories. Thank you Darlene for your courage & voice that is helping so many. Thank you to those who post/share as you add to that help. I recently directed my niece to this site. She & I have much in common but much different also. Together we all can help each other because “Not everything helps everyone but everyone has something to offer to help.” (Emerging With Wings)
    I’m glad you feel our love Darlene & I look forward to your book.

  10. By: Mimi Posted: 29th June

    You saved my life. I can’t minimize that truth. It’s no mistake that in my very darkest hours, I saw a link to your page on the sideline of my FB page. That’s where I began my journey. I started out with so many questions. I submerged myself in the writings of EFB, and there is where I found my truth. I can’t thank you enough for the courage you’ve had to share your story in order to reach others. I’m over three years into my process now, and I might not have survived it without the 24 hour support of your page. I am happy and thriving now, and free of the FOG. I thought I’d never be here, but, is held onto your words. They came true. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Darlene. You are changing the face of abuse.
    Love to you,

  11. By: Kris Healing Posted: 28th June

    I just saw this, and it may be too late – but even if it’s just for your eyes, here’s my contribution! It is long, but I had a lot to say! 🙂

    I had been working towards healing from a lifetime of narcissistic abuse and scapegoating by my mother (although I was just figuring out that that’s what had been going on) when I came across Darlene’s website. Reading her posts gave me such a strong feeling of validation that these things HAD happened, that they HAD affected me greatly, and that it was NOT my fault and DEFINITELY NOT a reflection of my worthiness as a human being. As I kept reading, I became stronger in my conviction that I was a good person who had been through difficult things, and the coping methods I’d come up with as a child (like my eating disorder) were for a good reason. Darlene has been my cheerleader, assuring me that I’m worth it, that I deserve good things, and pumping me up to the point where I can pump my fist into the air and cheer myself on, moving forward in my healing and in my life. I can’t say enough what a difference her writings have made in my life.

    I have read many things and sought help from many professionals in the past three years, and a common message from all of them is that my parents did the best they could, and that they love me in their own way, that they are not perfect and I should not expect them to be, and that I should be grateful for the good things and forgiving of the bad. I have not found any of this to be helpful at all. In fact, every time I heard this I would slide back into my eating disorder, my depression, my feelings of self-hatred, etc. Darlene is the ONLY voice that I’ve had in my recovery who questions all of that. Who says that they did the best they could? That’s just crap! That idea alone has been so affirming for me.

    Darlene has been 100% on my side. She’s never tried to excuse my parents’ behaviour towards me. She’s never tried to convince me that what I experienced from them was love. She’s always on my side, validating my emotions, believing my experiences, and telling me that I deserved better (and still do).

    All of this is just from reading her posts – what a gift that someone can be such a positive influence in your life simply through sharing her experiences in writing.

    Thank you, Darlene!

  12. By: Rochelle Posted: 28th June

    Emerging From Broken has helped me begin to acknowledge and process an incredibly traumatic upbringing under patriarchy. Emotional, physical, and mental abuse are all too easily ignored and invalidated. Darlene is amazing at bringing truth and light to these areas of darkness. Her honesty has helped me be honest with myself and begin the healing process.

    • By: Darlene Ouimet Posted: 28th June

      I am overwhelmed with gratitude and touched by these amazing comments about me, my work and the way my message is being received! Thank you so much to everyone. I feel validated and supported. I feel loved and I feel heard! It’s a fabulous feeling! 🙂

      I have already collected 7 pages of endorsements that were sent to me through email. I am going to add these to those this week! I am working on finishing the introduction pages for the book this weekend. The cover is being designed and it is going to be beautiful! It’s getting really exciting as I get closer to the finish line!

      I will also be posting a new blog post/article within the next two days so stay tuned!
      Hugs, Darlene

  13. By: Light Posted: 27th June

    Darlene Ouimet leads the way with her candor, honesty, and detailed account of her own struggles with her family of origin. This in turn helps her readers to be brave enough to confide their own stories and to seek strength from one another. Darlene also has been instrumental in challenging the stigma that we must love and respect our elders at all costs, and if a child (including an adult child) is unhappy or angry, then it’s automatically the child’s fault. She turns this idea on its head and makes it safe to reclaim ourselves and speak out.

    Darlene’s amazing ability to identify unhealthy dynamics and provide insight, and then make it all readable is a precious gift that has impacted the world over.

    Happy Birthday, Darlene! Please sign me anonymous if you use my blurb. Thank you.

  14. By: Melissa Posted: 26th June

    Happy belated birthday, Darlene! I found you a couple of months ago and I read through tears, I see my own experience, I immediately feel less cursed / isolated / scared / defective / wrong. What a gift to humanity you have made of your pain. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. In my own life, you are nothing short of a gift from God, because when I prayed for help, when I shouted, “Hey, whoever you are — I’m done,” I found you. When I feel myself sliding down that hole of, “See what a jerk you are, Melissa?” I remember the things I read from this community, I breathe, and I try to love myself. It’s working. I am so grateful for the work of Darlene Ouimet and her community!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY and I can’t wait for the book.

  15. By: Patricia Singleton Posted: 26th June

    I am not sure how long Emerging From Broken had been a blog when I met Darlene and Carla and started following them here. I have been honored to watch Darlene and Emerging From Broken grow and help so many survivors who struggle to do their own healing work. I follow the blog and also her Facebook page and often share both of them with my readers on Facebook and occasionally on my own blog for my readers to learn from. The blog and Facebook page have grown quicker than any other sites that I know of for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. They are growing because the work that Darlene does is so important to survivors around the globe. I am excited to see that her work has grown into an e-book and an extended crowd of survivors.
    Patricia Singleton: Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker @ http://patriciasingleton.blogspot.com

  16. By: Shelley Posted: 26th June

    I found “Emerging from Broken” right after confronting my mother of the horrible physical/mental abuse from her.
    I was having unbearable flashbacks all triggered from her constantly trying to rewrite history making herself as this perfect mother.
    The truth was she was she was a violent unpredictable ragaholic who beat me with whatever she could while calling me disgusting names no parent should call their kids & has uttered an apology her entire life.
    Speaking the truth provoked her to tell all I was having false memories and mentally ill..and my “dad” ONLY molested me because I was sneaking into his bed all the time..which is SO sick!
    Her above response allowed her to totally erase EVERYTHING that ever happened to me in one paragraph.
    Unfortunately her excuse is SO typical to children abused that it did not surprise me whatsoever.
    How she lives with her lies is beyond my thinking abilities.
    EFB speaks of this phenomena & confirmed to me so many deep beliefs I had already known & completely validated my reasons for doing what I did so I could heal myself from all the trauma I kept buried.
    I learned that in telling the TRUTH it has set me FREE..but first I had to be willing to release all dysfunctional roles given..all the illusions I had made myself believe from a little girl in order to survive & SEE reality for once in my life which there is NO greater gift than having the blinders off for once in my life.
    Darlene is an angel who speaks to those of us who were abused in every way..not loved or nurtured from abusers who will never have remorse or accountability..and puts the shame & guilt where it belongs~Back to the ABUSERS..not us.
    Her words are ours.
    I am forever grateful to her courage in speaking out & helping the broken become whole again. 🙂

  17. By: Dave Smith Posted: 26th June

    Dear Darlene,

    I hope you can use something in my words below or at least know how much you and your work mean to me.

    Your website and work on Facebook have helped me make positive life changes that I’ve worked on for most of my life, but with greater success and lasting impact than I was able to achieve throughout my life.

    You have an unparalleled ability to express seemingly simple concepts about abusive relationships, self respect, healing and so many other things, that eluded me for so long, and yet with your eloquent choices of words, things register in my brain in a powerful and helpful way I’ve rarely experienced in life.

    In my opinion, you also have an amazing ability to spot the truly key issues in comments from readers on EFB and respond in ways that clearly demonstrate that you understand, and validate us, our feelings and thoughts.

    The validation you provide to me makes it seem almost as though you are able to read my thoughts, as you so clearly understand the struggles so many of us endure.

    You demonstrate repeatedly and tirelessly, and so bravely, what you have been through in your life, and provide proof and encouragement to us that if you can do it (heal), we can do it too; and we can, and we do!

    Through your work and EFB and on Facebook, you manage to provide a nurturing, supportive, intelligent environment where people can feel and be safe, and find the tools and support so many of us need to finally progress on our own healing journeys.

    Your loving and gentle ways and concern for fellow humans shines through in all you do and you are truly an inspiration to me, and I can’t thank you enough for doing what you do.

    Almost 2 years into reading EFB I am finally, 47 years into my life, starting to feel better in every aspect of my life, my marriage, my career, friendships, and so on.

    Thank you sincerely Darlene and cheers to you and best wishes for continued success, as well as health, peace and happiness.


    Dave Smith

  18. By: maria binnie Posted: 26th June

    The Emerging from Broken website has been key to my recovery from the isolation and pain I was dealing with after being rejected by family for voicing against abuse. The patterns of abusive treatment & the methods used to control us into silence are the same worldwide – and I don’t think i would have made it through this far without Darlene’s daily dedication to making us aware of this.
    Thank you Darlene

  19. By: Lucy Posted: 25th June

    As a survivor of years of childhood sexual abuse, Darlene and the Emerging From Broken website has been my BEST resource for healing. Over the years, I have seen several therapists but no one helped me to articulate my feelings/needs like Darlene. She also has helped me to realize sexual abuse wasn’t the only abuse I suffered and that I CAN heal from ALL of it. I not only can but I deserve to heal and be happy. Empowerment for survivors at its best!

  20. By: Andria Posted: 25th June

    Hope your birthday was grand!

  21. By: FinallyFree Posted: 24th June

    Several years ago, I was desperate for help. I had been to therapists in the past who did not understand how to help me. Late one night, a few years ago, I was searching the internet for one last attempt when I discovered EFB. I was given encouragement, a voice, validation, and tools to use from Darlene and this site. Approximately a year later I suddenly was able to put the pieces of my entire life together and I was healed. I was finally free. I was able to find my self and where I belonged in this world. I cannot ever express my gratitude enough or praise for what Darlene has accomplished!

    Happy Happy Birthday Darlene! I look forward to hearing all about your much deserved accomplishments. This is a thrilling time and I love hearing about them. xoxoxo

  22. By: coral Posted: 24th June

    Where do I start? Darlene’s posts have saved my life. I have been forced in a way to deal with several abuses from my childhood. To peel the layers away has been so powerful and painful. I was at such a low when I found her website, but now I have a better sense of who I am. Getting to know me, I found out I like me. I feel this would not have been possible without Darlene sharing her life’s journey.

  23. By: Kelly Savoie Posted: 24th June

    I Thank you for Starting me on my Journey to Unbroken. I’ve read, learned, applied, and restarted my Life from the very beginning, baby Kelly. I am very fortunate that I’ve been Given the Tools by You to heal what I thought could not be healed.
    I am Happy, Healthy, and Secure! I am Still on my Journey as there will be more things that come to the surface and I’m ready to deal with those, too!
    Thanks Again!
    Kelly Savoie

  24. By: Colin Posted: 24th June

    Happy Birthday Darlene.
    I appriciate your strength.

    I gained a real sense of peace from knowing I was no longer alone


  25. By: Susan Campbell Posted: 24th June

    I found your website I am so in awe of your bravery and how far you have come. You have inspired and comforted me in so many ways. I think you are a trail blazer and very thankful I found you. I hope many more will find you just at the right time, like myself. Much love Susan X

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