Author Lisi Mayer Releases Book to Confront Past Demons for the Greater Good

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Stories of Childhood Abuse Inspire Psychiatrist’s Lifetime of Advocacy

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I felt an inner drive to write a book because I have firsthand experience with issues that affectso many of us.

The most recent statistics on child abuse from The National Center for Victims of Crime show that an estimated 25 percent of females will be the victims of sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. This statistic hits home for child psychiatrist and author Lisi Mayer, who was raped and sexually assaulted at a young age.

Her new memoir, Spirit’s Path: A Story of Three Women, was admittedly painful to write at times, but Mayer pressed on, motivated by her need to spread awareness about this and other prevalent social issues.

“I felt an inner drive to write a book because I have firsthand experience with issues that affect so many of us,” Mayer said. “I don't think my book is perfect, by any means, but I believe it encourages honest expression of issues common in our society.”

Born in Austria during the heart of World War II, Mayer recalls the effect the war had on her family life before they relocated to the United States. She reveals the emotional rollercoaster that followed the loss of her spouse and child, and explores other hot topics from the perspectives of both an average woman and a trained, clinical psychiatrist.

A watered down, sweet read this is not. Rather, Spirit’s Path is an emotionally charged book that uses Mayer’s past as a learning experience; an opportunity to create a better future for the next generation.

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Spirit’s Path: A Story of Three Women
By Lisi Mayer
ISBN: 978-1-4634-4291-0
Approx. 249 pages
Paperback 6x9
Retail price: $14.03
E-book price: $9.99
Available at Amazon, AuthorHouse

About the author

Lisi Mayer knows all too well the emotional and psychological damage that childhood sexual abuse can cause. As a victim of childhood sexual abuse, Lisi Mayer identified her calling in life early on. She graduated from the University of Nebraska’s College of Medicine and became a child psychiatrist, working in the field for more than 40 years, while advocating against child abuse and child trafficking. Mayer’s motivation for writing her memoir is an extension of her professional work: to bring public awareness about this and other important social issues. Mayer is a member of the Episcopalian Church, the Medical Society of Virginia, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Born in Austria during World War II, Mayer now lives in Fairfax, Va.

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