"My Path from Doormat to Dignity"
by Jane Bartelmes
Jane is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She holds a Master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia and has been an adjunct university professor for over 10 years. She and her husband live in Northern Virginia.
Jane experienced emotional abuse as a child; this contributed to patterns of timidity and people pleasing behavior as an adult. Misunderstandings regarding biblical principles added to her confusion. Jane's path from doormat to dignity was fraught with obstacles which makes her passionate about sharing her story with others. She firmly believes that Christ desires his followers to be strong and courageous fighters of evil, not enablers of it.
Jane firmly believed in patience, forgiveness, and unconditional love – the problem was that she took these virtues too far. After decades of accepting mistreatment and remaining in unhealthy relationships, she hit a wall. People she loved and trusted hurt her deeply and repetitively – she had to change. My path from doormat to dignity is her personal story. This book grapples with the following questions:
· Is all anger bad?
· Is there a difference between discernment and judgment?
· Is limitless patience a virtue or a vice?
· What does it mean to forgive, and what doesn't it mean?
· Does unconditional love require tolerating abuse?
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