A Mother's Cry
by Elva “Precious Love” Thompson
Reviewed by: The Pathfinder
Domestic violence can be described as an array of behavior implemented by the actions of ones treatment to his or her partner in an intimate relationship. The violence is used to achieve or maintain power and control over ones partner. In her inspiring, heart wrenching, and shocking autobiography, A Mother’s Cry, Elva “Precious Love” Thompson sheds light on her tumultuous abusive fifteen-year marriage.
Terrorize, manipulated, hurt, and humiliated, Ms. Thompson remained in the relationship for the sake of her three young children. Embarrassed and feeling alone, her world began crumbling before her very eyes. It’s indescribable, the pain and emotion that one feels as the story enfolds. The emotion ranges from anger to frustration when she gives an account of what unfolded one night after having dinner and watching a movie at the local theatre with her husband. As I read the account of what transpired, I had to pause several times and take a few deep breaths. It was surreal, as I tried to understand the dynamics of the “control factor.” What it is that allows the person to remain in the relationship, and what it is that drives the abuser to continue to inflict and force upon his partner so much hurt and pain.
As the story progressed, there came a point in time when Ms. Thompson initiated and went above and beyond in order to make the relationship work. For a moment, the pieces began coming together and the relationship seemed as if it would survive. The good times lasted only momentarily. It wasn’t long before Ms. Thompson found herself filing for divorce on the grounds of abandonment. Her husband walked out on her and their three girls. Alone, a single parent, and struggling, Ms. Thompson put her business she started on hold. She had to find a way to make ends meet as she looked to restart her life and career in a new state. A Mother’s Cry is about redemption, survival, humanity, dignity, love, aspiration, selfishness, control, and self-centered behavior, but most of all, it’s about victory. Victory in the sense that one can overcome, regain, recapture his or her life once again, and not blame themselves for some of the choices they made in life. Ms. Thompson epitomizes this outlook totally. Great read! Wonderful read! An eye opener!
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