Through the Glass Hardcover – Oct 11 2011
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“Through the Glass is a compelling documentation of a flawed penal system, a nuanced look at the humanity of a violent criminal, and a snapshot of the cognitive dissonance required by romantic love. Most of all, it’s a meditation on forgiveness.”
“A remarkable story… of love and betrayal, of a horribly broken man’s hidden brutality and his ex-wife’s boundless capacity to forgive.”
“Gripping memoir . . . It is an engaging, compassionate story of a woman's quest for hope in the wake of trauma and violence.”
—Winnipeg Free Press
“There are many readers who will benefit immensely from Moroney's level-headed but passionate look at the journey on which she was thrust after her husband's crime.”
“Compelling, gripping, and eye-opening.... A heart-wrenching story — written with great clarity — of the grief, confusion, judgment and loss.”
"If you are going to read one book this year, let it be this one. You will never again forget, or take lightly, ALL the innocent victims of crimes."
—The London Free Press
"This is a well-written, emotion-filled book with many unanswered questions for society to deal with...it is a book that everyone should read."
—The Peterborough Examiner
"Through the Glass could easily have been the story of how Moroney’s life fell apart — and indeed, it did. But this is no 'poor-me' tale. It’s equal parts a how-to manual for anyone touched by crime, an indictment of the criminal justice system, an endorsement of the practice of restorative justice, a thank-you note to the friends and family who supported Moroney and, ultimately, an answer to those who wanted her to explain."
—The Vancouver Sun
"A well crafted journey through the nightmare of Canada's courts that painfully illustrates how many victims of crimes are never truly accounted for in the trial process."
"With courage and compassion Shannon Moroney draws us into the hidden world of those navigating our justice system — victims, offenders, family and friends. Shannon's compelling story, Through the Glass, has something to offer us all — personally and professionally. Her story allow us to see the possibility of a justice system that draws on our instinct for compassion, over our instinct for retribution. Against the odds, Shannon navigates a journey of hope for all of us."
—Brenda Morrison, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, School of Criminology & Co-Director, Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC
"I learned so much from this story, and marvel at the courage and grace with which it is told. This book should be required reading for Crown Attorneys, Victims' Service workers, and for all of us who spend our days navigating the labyrinth of our justice system."
—Christine McCardell, Justice Circle Coordinator, Owen Sound YMCA
“Shannon Moroney tells her heart wrenching, personal story with such clarity and peace, bringing a new perspective on who can be affected in the aftermath of serious crime. More importantly, her restorative justice story is a remarkable one of moving forward with forgiveness and toward healing. Shannon uses her gift of storytelling to share her very special story that will leave you believing in the power of forgiveness.”
—Andrew Ager, Youth Justice Coordinator, Cochrane-Timiskaming, ON
“Your heart hurts for the author and for all victims of crime. In fact your definition of just who are the victims of crime changes as the book unfolds. Her story can become a self-help book for anyone who has experienced loss as well as opening our eyes to the possible changes that could be made to our penal system and to our society. Shannon Moroney speaks for the prisoners who are being warehoused without treatment, rehabilitation or services, and shows that just putting them in prison does not help or heal victims of the physical crime where restitution would.”
—Catherine McFarlane, Chapters Store Employee, Brampton, ON
About the Author
SHANNON MORONEY is a teacher, counselor and restorative justice advocate. She has spoken internationally on restorative justice and has extensively toured Canada and the U.S., addressing university and high school students, prison inmates, legal and mental health professionals and law-enforcers on the ripple effects of crime for all victims and for society at large. She is a volunteer with Leave Out Violence and is a contributor to The Forgiveness Project, an international charity that encourages and empowers people to explore the nature of forgiveness and alternatives to revenge.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Shannon's portrayal of her step by step walk "through the valley" is compelling in a rather counterintuitve way. She doesn't offer up a neat package of answers to her former husband's utterly inexplicable acts, except to say that, as a child, he was "hurt" and, as an adult, he "hurt back", an explanation that is moving in its simplicity. The focus of the book, instead, is on her complex journey from shock and devastation to acceptance, forgiveness and, eventually, a fulfilling new live.
An interesting theme that runs throughout is the reaction of her former employer and some former friends whose fear and anger seemed to be searching for a focus and inexplicably landed on her. This complex "blame the victim" thread adds to the depth and substance of this exceptional book.
Shannon could have chosen the easy way out; to "cut and run" the moment Jason's actions shattered her life. The fact that she chose to bring some meaning and understanding to her pain is a tribute to her substance as a person .... and a lesson to us all.
At the end of the day though, it was the story of a victim and we follow her as she struggles with getting through the event, and overcomes all the impacts it has had on her life. As someone who had to do something similar, I felt her frustration while she was depressed, her anger towards the act of violence, and her sadness at what has been taken away from her life.
Shannon also provided us with a very insightful look into our criminal justice system - and the alternatives that could be looked at to posisbly change the high percentage of re-offenders.
I highly recommend this book.
In her book Through the Glass, Shannon Moroney tells her story: how her storybook marriage and life fell apart one month in, the day the policeman came to her hotel room to tell her that her husband had been arrested on charges of sexual assault, kidnapping and more. Shannon writes, in a straight forward way, of her journey through pain, guilt, denial, the loss of friends and employment and the many obstacles of the Canadian criminal justice system.
It is important to remember that this is Shannon's personal journey and it may not be the same journey that every one in this situation needs to take. I was impressed with how she stayed true to what she knew she needed to do for herself, despite the objections and misunderstanding of many of those around her. I was also impressed that she could write about her experiences in a way that didn't attack her attackers but simply states the facts, how she felt and what she did in a fair and understanding way. The story is very well written.
I must say that I was sceptical from time to time about the author's decisions in the process and wondered if they would turn out for the best. It was frustrating to read about the lack of help and understanding she received as she tried to follow a path that was not well marked or travelled.Read more ›
I do not agree with the other readers that condemn her for writing a book for "profit". Why shouldn't she? We are not in her shoes and we don't know why she wrote the book, whether it is as a coping mechanism or for sharing her experience or any other reason. And if it is for profit, well good for her, she deserves it. Put yourself in her shoes for one day, I'm sure it's was not an easy journey for her, or any of the other victims for that matter.
Most recent customer reviews
Restorative Justice promoted through a heartfelt personal narrative.Published 2 months ago by Symington
Awesome Book - I had this book on my wish list for many years and after reading it, i regretted not buying it sooner. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Johanne Lacroix
Great book. Easy read despite difficult topic and feeling the writers heartbreak and loss. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in seeing the family of the offenders... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Danielle
For me, this was a very difficult book to read. I had no idea that someone's actions can impact so heavily on another's life - job status, friendships etc. Read morePublished 22 months ago by sheila robinson
I agree with the other one star reviews; this author is terribly self-indulgent and has no respect for the real victims in this book.Published on April 10 2014 by Amazon Customer
I couldn't put this book down. I devoured it. It was that good! I am glad the author was able to feel some vindication for the frankly rotten treatment she received from some... Read morePublished on March 15 2014 by "Why" Quest
After hearing Shannon's interview on CBC radio I wanted to know "the rest of the story".
Even though you thought you knew the whole story by reading the back page, and... Read more
I came across this book at the library, and was intrigued. I didn't even get halfway before I gave up. Read morePublished on March 15 2013 by stephaniebrown