Victim to Victory

I enjoyed this book a great deal, but in hindsight it may contain a little too much information. Rosemary Trible not only tells us her story, a fascinating biography, but also branches off into spirituality and abuse. Do not misread me, I think all three areas are important, but combining them may not be the most effective tool to communicate them.

Anyone with their nose to the political ground will recognize the name Rosemary Trible, her husband Paul was heavily involved with politics, 6 years as a House representative and 6 years as a senator. It seemed to many that the Trible family were destined to be a career political one. But that was not so.

I worked with HBO a while back on their mini series about John Adams, Adams was a believer that everyone should serve, and then return to regular life. The Trible family did that, and I admire them for it.

Rosemary has a wonderful story to tell, some of it is the stuff of dreams, other parts are from nightmares.

Rape is not a subject that most women like to talk about. At aged 18 my wife Jan was raped, it took a great deal of persuasion for her to tell me the story. Rape is a crime that for some reason used not to matter. The victims were often treated with disdain, the girl deserved it was the common sentiment. As a result only a small percentage of cases were reported, times have changed, but I am not convinced that in reality much has changed.

I admire people that have the guts to talk about bad experiences.

There is no question that Rosemary Trible has led an interesting life, I class myself as well travelled but not nearly to the extent of this author. She has spent time in just about every country you can name.

That very much wraps up the first part of the book. In the second part we get to discover that Rosemary almost died as a result of a car accident. Very much we enter into the ‘spiritual’ phase of this book. Biblical quotations abound. Rosemary was indeed lucky, the car crash did not leave her a statistic, merely a victim.

The final part of the book looks at abuse, it is an ugly word, but a word that seems to be all too common in today’s world.

This may be too much for a single book. It is a great read, and I enjoyed it. You can order your copy by clicking on the Amazon link above.

Simon Barrett

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