In the early 1980’s, Dr Kenneth McAll wrote a book titled as above.
It was incredibly controversial. In far too many ways.
I’m new to the book and the author but I’m feeling it!
From my early years, both sides of my family have been heavily invested in those that came before us.
We acknowledged our ancestors – the good, the bad, the ugly.
When you know a bit about your family tree and have listened to real people talk about others, it all gets very overwhelming. Then you meet and listen to the same people that have been talked about.
Then you WONDER.
Like any house that you live in, over a couple of years old, there will have been another family living there. With all their angst and dreams and anger and love and everything else. The same with a family tree. We all come from a long line of goodness, greatness, evil, poverty, wealth, deception, heartbreak, abuse and murder……somewhere along the line.
Today, everyone of us lives with no just our own pains and patterns, but those pains and patterns of previous generations.
When the pain becomes too much, we repeat the patterns that we were taught. Only the truly strong can break that cycle. And sometimes. Sometimes, even the strong need help from a Higher Power.
From my first impressions, this is a book about “deliverance.” We live with the dead every day. FACT! As John Donne said : No Man Is An Island. We all came from some-two.
My own family, the Scottish Greig’s, end with my generation. IN NAME ONLY. I’m female. I have two boys who bear their father’s name. I have two brothers. One has a daughter. The other has no children.
Dad’s brother had no children. His sister had three daughters. Born with the surname Cook.
P.S. Being a descendant of both Gregor and Donald clans, my ancestors are soaked in blood and misery and vengeance and outlawry.
Time to STOP.
Thanks for listening. Or not!