Demaris Wehr PhD
Speaker and Workshop Leader
Jungian Psychotherapist and Spiritual Counselor
In Finding Our Way Home you will learn:
- A clearer sense of your own values that are essential to resilience
- How to identify and prioritize what sustains you through chaos and crisis
- How to cultivate inner strengths you didn’t know you had
- The Power of Connection – by becoming part of an intimate community of fellow learners on this same journey
Using ritual, reflective writing and artistic creative prompts from her peace building work in Bosnia, Demaris will help you identify your unique “centerpost,” the core values that you unconsciously hold that are essential to finding your way home to that centered place within.
Making It Through
Bosnian Survivors Share Stories of Trauma, Transcendence, and Truth
by Demaris S. Wehr PhD
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This beautifully written short book packs more into its pages than any other book I have read on the impact of trauma. While focused on the war in Bosnia in the 1990s, and the trauma of losing one’s home through violence, the book has a wider application. It describes the desire for “home” as universal, and I take from this the need for “home” even in villages and towns where one is not surrounded by war. It is by being part of a community that one gains the ability to thrive. Read the book to learn about Bosnia, but also for the stories told by the survivors, and for the compassion Wehr beings to her writing. Then place it next to Homer’s Odyssey on your bookshelf.
Demaris Wehr offers us insight into forgiveness and reconciliation from the frontlines of anguish. The wisdom of the narrators in this volume is wisdom that seems particularly apt and necessary at this moment in history.
I am stunned by the acute timeliness of this book, not only the stories of survival, the ‘Making it Through’ of the title, but the powerful messages encoded in the subtitle: Trauma, Transcendence, and Truth. The parallels to what has happened to our American democracy in the past four years are unmistakable…. By entering their narratives, a reader can locate a Centerpost for our times and instead of the trail of forgetting, discern a path of reckoning.
A book of immeasurable heart and practical wisdom that can help each of us identify our own ‘centerpost’ and ‘way home.’ These inspiring stories will appeal to people of all religious and political persuasions. Making It Through shows how to survive and thrive in an increasingly chaotic and difficult world—a treasure map for our times.
When archetypal evil takes on a human face, the challenge is no longer about defeating evil, but holding on to what makes us most human. In this eloquently and insightfully written book, Demaris Wehr, weaves a beautiful tapestry of stories that illustrate the profound difficulty and power of holding on to truth, love, and forgiveness in order to triumph over unimaginable cruelty and injustice. This book and its stories of heroic courage, resilience, and determination are more relevant for our world today than ever before.
Imagine the most cherished places of your childhood overrun by unspeakable atrocities—villages shelled, snipers killing neighbors in the village square, libraries burning, parents sneaking children through tunnels in the middle of the night, rape, murder, and torture. This was the reality of “ethnic cleansing” in the Balkans in the 1990s. In Demaris Wehr’s riveting new book, eight Bosnian survivors tell in their own words how they “made it through” by holding on to universal values like forgiveness, humility, integrity, and faith.
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”
— Carl Jung