Author Dawn Vandenberg Publishes “A Look Through My Eyes”

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Vandenberg returns with a work of nonfiction about a real-life saga of victory over adversity where dreams overpower family, poverty, war and religion

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From the author of “Tales from Manger Inn,” a collection of unforgettable memories about horseback riding and farm life, A Look Through My Eyes is a stunning real-life saga of family and financial, political and spiritual battles set against the backdrop of the Second World War. Dawn Vandenberg’s newly published book follows the life of a man who struggled to survive despite pressures from the family, poverty, the Nazi, and even from Christianity.

Rem Vandenberg was born in 1937 in the Netherlands just before the onslaught of World War II. His youth was a struggle to exist under the German occupation and in combating the depravation of poverty. Added to these hardships was the ongoing personal battle he fought daily in accepting the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, which were heavily imposed on him by the uncompromising adult belief of the time.

Inspired by his authoritarian father, Rem accepted that he had to help support the family at a young age. With a strong desire to be free of the bonds restricting him from freedom of expression and thought, Rem was often on the punitive end of the disciple rod, both at school and home. Through her endless love, compassion and faith, Rem’s mother was able to engulf the whole family under her mantle of love and bind them together into a caring family unit.

At the age of 16, driven by the spirit of adventure, Rem left home and joined the merchant navy. On sailing into his first Australian port his desire to stay in Australia took over. He jumped ship and went inland. He was finally picked up by the law and experienced a short jail sentence before being deported back to Holland. His love for Australia was strong and within two years he returned as a legal migrant and still lives in his beloved land today.

Dramatically inspiring, A Look Through My Eyes is a story overflowing with life changing lessons. It teaches readers that there is never a barrier—not money, family, war nor religion—strong enough to prevent them from reaching their dreams, if they perseveringly put their heart, mind and soul to achieving them.

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A Look Through My Eyes * by Dawn Vandenberg
Publication Date: November 9, 2012
Trade Paperback; AU$29.99; 197 pages; 978-1-4797-3886-1
Trade Hardback; AU$49.99; 197 pages; 978-1-4797-3887-8
Ebook; AU$3.99; 978-1-4797-3888-5

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