Sunlight on My Shadow is full of heart-ripping sorrow and a candid telling of the damage done by harboring guilt and shame. It is a story of renewal and redemption.
In 1966, when Judy became pregnant at the age of 16, her family kept her plight a secret. She was sent from her all-girls Catholic school to hide in a home for unwed mothers, give birth, and relinquish her baby girl to adoption. The fabricated story of her kidney disease was supposed to undo the impending damage to her reputation. Judy’s father instructed her to never look back.
Judy felt the grief and shame as a tangible lump within her body and fought to keep it contained within the shadows of silence. But as an adult, she felt compelled to address the loss by searching for her birth daughter and bringing her story to light. Judy experiences firsthand that “secrets keep your soul hidden in shame and stifle the clarity of your true being.” In the end, Judy sails free from the shadows of silence and experiences a deeper, more compassionate connection with herself and others.
“Heartbreaking, yet heartwarming, honest, raw, and flowing with emotion, Judy’s story speaks to the heart. It offers inspiration and hope for anyone who has struggled with secrets, shame, and sorrow over events from the past.”
–Janet Kay, author of Amelia 1868 and Waters of the Dancing Sky.
“The healing aspects of this story are wonderfully universal–as Judy grows into the ability to confront the past and come to terms with her loss and gain peace of mind.”
–Paulette Alden, author of Crossing the Moon and Feeding the Eagles.
“Judy’s story is a window into an era of ethics that caused much psychic pain. The more we unpack that time as a culture, the healthier we become.”
–Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, author of
Swinging on the Garden Gate, On the Threshold, and Writing the Sacred Journey.