Literature


What Happens to Them When You Change


Author: Bathsheba Smithen
Publisher: The ProfoundThought Press | ISBN: 978-0-615-85388-8
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How do you feel about Change? Is Change the lover you relate to intimately and trust with your very life? A friend you're happy to see now and then but from whom you sometimes need time apart? Or an enemy you fear and keep at a distance? Such heart-wrenching and soul-probing questions bring reader and author alike to a place of enlightenment, deepened relationships, and . . . change. But it can be a long journey from there to here. Hate change. Embrace chaos. Love hate. Fulfill pleasure. And if possible, cultivate envy until it breaks through the walls of your desperately desirous heart.

Bathsheba Smithen adopts these principles in order to survive, until things go from bad to worse. When her father, who is also a pastor, suddenly dies of a heart attack eight years after she saw him last, she is left to deal with the clash of emotions between his two rivaling families and -hardest of all- within herself. Issues spin out of control at his funeral, and in the aftermath, so does Sheba's life. To cope with her grief over what was and what might (should) have been between a dad and a daughter, the simultaneous abandonment by her mother, financial struggles, and her new role as legal guardian to two teenage siblings, she must entrust herself to an uncertain hope, even if it means losing some of the people she loves and the habits she has long relied on. She must accept Change. By sharing her own experiences transparently, Bathsheba hopes to support others who find themselves where she once was -on a dead-end street. What Happens to Them When You Change is an offering of the heart, through which the author aims to help bridge the gap between the change you seek and the resources you need in order to make -or let- change happen.


No Longer Hidden


Author: Bathsheba Smithen | Publisher: The ProfoundThought Press
ISBN: 978-0-615-73094-3
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No Longer Hidden is an account of my journey through life, captured in metaphorical images and lyrical format. Poetry permits a person to see through a kaleidoscopic lens as the sequence of life events presents challenges that would be unbearable if not written in melodic form. Where the book serves as a cutting board for me, a space for dissecting my innermost feelings, it is also an entree served to the reader, since one may be able to absorb secret truths as he or she ingests each piece of poetry.



Who Cares What You Think...So What You Think? A Journey Through the Mind


Author: Bathsheba Smithen
Publisher: The ProfoundThought Press ISBN: 978-0-615-44623-3 |
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The debut book by Bathsheba Smithen invites readers along as she, at the age of 25, confronts the harsh realities of her existence-the product of adultery between her mother and a married pastor; growing up as one of twelve children; and being molested in early adolescence. Who Cares What You Think...So What You Think? is an urban, creative memoir that concerns the emotional struggles of a young woman who finds it difficult to embrace her identity in the midst of an often judgmental society. The book serves as a journey through the author's mind, revealing the natural tendency of human beings to develop coping mechanisms-sometimes seemingly opposite ones-to deal with personal issues and societal pressures. Often we desire to be unique, but that feeling is overturned by conflicting emotions and the need to be accepted.