The Secret and Its Price

by Marlene Carmen Nappa

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/5/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 244
ISBN : 9781452550466
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Page Count : 244
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Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 244
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About the Book

"The Secret and Its Price is a wonderful, vivid and compassionate book which takes us on a journey into the secret world of incest. In its pages, Marlene Carmen Nappa takes a risk and shares how her experience impacted her family, her relationships—and ultimately, her entire life. Her story helps the reader appreciate how our original wound may serve as a gateway to new possibilities and healing. This book is like no other book I’ve read in the way that it captures the triumph of walking through the pain and finding the courage to speak with vulnerability and openness."
—Charlene Tosi
Founder of “Woman Within” Training
Author of Discover Your Woman Within

Marlene Carmen Nappa has written a moving memoir of childhood incestuous abuse by her father and the subtle and florid long-term effects the abuse has had on her ability to develop relationships and to trust and be intimate with others. Hers is a story of perseverance and determination to get beyond the abuse and its effects and it demonstrates that breaking the silence and posttraumatic growth are both possible. This book is a gift for other sexual abuse survivors looking for inspiration to heal.
—Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP
Psychologist, Private Practice,
Courtois & Associates, PC
Washington, DC
Author: Healing the incest wound: Adult survivors in therapy (Revised edition) Recollections of sexual abuse: Treatment principles and guidelines: Treating complex traumatic stress disorders: An evidence-based guide (with Julian Ford)
The treatment of complex trauma: A sequenced, relationship–based approach (with Julian Ford)—forthcoming, late 2012

What do you do when you find yourself victimized by those you most love and trust? Who is it safe to tell—or is the cost of the truth too high to pay? Being forced to carry a terrible secret is like living behind a high wall. From that point of separation, we call out silently and in vain, desperately hoping that perhaps one day, someone will guess the truth and liberate us from our fortress of alienation. In The Secret and Its Price, author Marlene Carmen Nappa leads the reader down the twisted and rocky path she traveled as the victim of childhood incest. Step by step, we follow her, as she sets out on a journey not of her own making and slowly finds her way out of the maze to create a life on her own terms. This heartbreaking story is ultimately the tale of a champion, who miraculously prevails, despite the profound internal fracture created by the weight of the worst possible kind of secret. Readers will be invited to face their own demons, reconcile their own secrets and lies, and live boldly, authentically, and courageously as the author has learned to do—devoted to the light and the truth, no matter the cost.

About the Author

Marlene Carmen Nappa, BSc, MSc, has been working as an executive life coach, workshop leader, and consultant for twenty-eight years. Recently, she also began teaching at the local university. Over the years, she has worked with thousands of individuals and diverse groups worldwide, in both the private and public sectors in Canada, the United States, Europe, and South Africa.

Those who have benefited from her one-to one coaching, as well as her personal growth and leadership workshops and seminars, emerge from the experience with greater competence and confidence, as well as the courage to overcome barriers to living their highest potential. As one client noted, “Marlene has challenged me to see, hear and know myself as I am. Her perspective, intuition and insight provide a mirror to long-held habits, beliefs and expectations that have continued over the years to undermine my efforts to live a full life.”

Born in Malta, the author immigrated with her family to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where she currently resides. When she is not supporting and encouraging her clients in their personal and professional journeys, or inspiring her students, Marlene enjoys spending time with family and friends.