Tara Edin is an incest, rape and sexual assault survivor, wife, mother, English teacher, Reiki master and most recently, a published author. As a rape and sexual assault survivor who has struggled for many years and come out on the bright side, Tara’s goal is to help fellow survivors feel less alone, less crazy, and more inspired.
Part memoir, part self-help, and part spiritual metamorphosis. Tara is an incest, rape and sexual abuse survivor, who suffered from PTSD for many years but was misdiagnosed with mental illnesses instead. This took her down a near-fatal path ultimately ending in an accident nearly claiming her life at age 29. Most only know the abridged version of the story, yet the real story holds many truths and miracles that must be shared. With a second lease on life, Tara begins to face the sexual abuse and betrayal from her younger years with support from a zen therapist. Tara begins to recreate her life with a new spirituality that feeds her soul and can encompass the pain in her past, giving life to the love that has always been her birthright. With lucid prose and powerful poetry, Tara details her soul’s transformation from darkness to light, offering her readers the gifts of honesty, empathy, and empowerment.
As a rape and sexual assault survivor, who has struggled for many years and come out on the bright side, Tara's goal is to help fellow survivors feel less alone, less crazy, and more hopeful about life.
Rape, incest and sexual assault are unspoken controversial topics that still fester behind closed doors in the 21st century as survivors are still being told to “Get over it,” or worse, "It didn't even happen." It takes years to heal from such life-altering, traumatic experiences, and many survivors are doing this work alone. There is a great need for testimonies from those who have emerged from their ordeals stronger.
Tara is familiar with the many layers in the recovery process. Moonflower was written to assist anyone stuck in self-defeating behavior or dis-ease that may stem from sexual abuse (depression, anxiety, alcohol or drug abuse, failed relationships). Moonflower is the friend who understands and who has been there; it is the type of book the author wished she'd had during her own struggles.
Moonflower was written over the past 22 years and reflects Tara's life stages: from victim, to survivor, to healer. Tara shares her unique healing journey with others to frame the survivor’s experience in an honest yet empowering manner. Although Moonflower covers difficult topics such as emotional and sexual abuse, the author sifts through these experiences to offer her readers the gifts and lessons that can be drawn from such setbacks.
Moonflower exhibits the power of the self and spirit in the healing process. It stretches beyond what may be considered a “normal” path and braves a non-traditional spiritual road to wellness, inspiring others to broaden their perspectives of the healing experience. Moonflower embodies metaphysical ideologies as key steps in the author’s own path. Readers will delight in journeying through esoteric practices such as intuitive readings, meditation, and Reiki, as the author takes them on her unique voyage. In turn, readers will find inspiration to define their own paths.