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Cruel Harvest
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Cruel Harvest
A Memoir

"Get out here, now, or I'm gonna kill you!" he hollered.

Little girls are hardwired to hold their daddies in high esteem, so it comes as a shock the first time a daughter feels the back of her daddy's hand across her face . . . or watches him punch and kick her mother to within an inch of her life.

How could this be? Her older sisters teach her how to survive, even when he comes for her in the night.

A girl learns to become invisible, to look the other way, to say nothing when a curious stranger asks if she's okay. To lie. To expect nothing, not even from relatives.

To cry without tears.

To pray silently.

When she is fourteen, and weary, a girl begins to wish she were dead. Cruel Harvest is the compelling story of how she lived instead.

Endorsements:

"A story that seizes the reader's attention . . . the reader can't look away." ?Publisher's Weekly

"Fran Grubb's childhood odyssey is a shatteringly dark tale ofdespair. But that's not the end of her captivating life story. Eachpage of Cruel Harvest reveals aremarkable journey of rescue and redemption. Your heart will be moved as youwitness Jesus' power to deliver, forgive, reconcile, rebuild, and love." —Denalyn and Max Lucado

"CruelHarvest is an incredible story of survival and forgiveness. Fran'sability to survive brokenness as a child and even into adulthood and then toovercome those experiences through faith and forgiveness is a true testament tothe power of God's love for each of us. Everyone can be inspired by her story."—SheilaWalsh, author of God Loves Broken Peopleand Women of Faith speaker

"Againstall odds, Fran survived her trip through the "valley of the shadow ofdeath." I loved reading this story of deliverance. Thank you for thereminder that God can turn our mourning into dancing!"—GraciaBurnham, former hostage and author of In the Presence of My Enemies

"Fran Grubb's heartbreaking story is ultimately one of triumph against all odds. Cruel Harvest is well-written and riveting. It's unimaginable that Fran could face such daily horrors and come out with such grace, wisdom, and generosity. You will be deeply moved!" — June Cotner, author of the bestselling Graces and 26 other books, www.junecotner.com

"It is hard endorsing Cruel Harvest with just a few words. I want everyone to know how powerful her story is and how many lives itcan help change, and is currently changing. Ever since reading Fran Grubb'sstory I have used it to help numerous clients that are victims of childhoodviolence. Every woman has commented on her faith and how her book has giventhem hope! We are putting the book in our library for all the ladies toread." —Vicki Mason, Primary CrisisInterventionist, Women's Crisis Services of LeFlore County, Poteau, Oklahoma

"This was a wonderful book. We could feel the faith of the childthroughout every page. We highly recommend Cruel Harvest." —DeWayne and RebeccaHicks, Founders of Courage to Change Ministries, Greenville, Arkansas

"Cruel Harvest will touch your heart clear through to yoursoul! I guarantee that you won't be disappointed and you won't be able toput it down." —Pastor Ray Witherington,Midnight Cry Ministries / Restoration Revival Center Church, Townville, SouthCarolina

"Get out here, now, or I'm gonna kill you!" he hollered.

Little girls are hardwired to hold their daddies in high esteem, so it comes as a shock the first time a daughter feels the back of her daddy's hand across her face . . . or watches him punch and kick her mother to within an inch of her life.

How could this be? Her older sisters teach her how to survive, even when he comes for her in the night.

A girl learns to become invisible, to look the other way, to say nothing when a curious stranger asks if she's okay. To lie. To expect nothing, not even from relatives.

To cry without tears.

To pray silently.

When she is fourteen, and weary, a girl begins to wish she were dead. Cruel Harvest is the compelling story of how she lived instead.

Endorsements:

"A story that seizes the reader's attention . . . the reader can't look away." ?Publisher's Weekly

"Fran Grubb's childhood odyssey is a shatteringly dark tale ofdespair. But that's not the end of her captivating life story. Eachpage of Cruel Harvest reveals aremarkable journey of rescue and redemption. Your heart will be moved as youwitness Jesus' power to deliver, forgive, reconcile, rebuild, and love." —Denalyn and Max Lucado

"CruelHarvest is an incredible story of survival and forgiveness. Fran'sability to survive brokenness as a child and even into adulthood and then toovercome those experiences through faith and forgiveness is a true testament tothe power of God's love for each of us. Everyone can be inspired by her story."—SheilaWalsh, author of God Loves Broken Peopleand Women of Faith speaker

"Againstall odds, Fran survived her trip through the "valley of the shadow ofdeath." I loved reading this story of deliverance. Thank you for thereminder that God can turn our mourning into dancing!"—GraciaBurnham, former hostage and author of In the Presence of My Enemies

"Fran Grubb's heartbreaking story is ultimately one of triumph against all odds. Cruel Harvest is well-written and riveting. It's unimaginable that Fran could face such daily horrors and come out with such grace, wisdom, and generosity. You will be deeply moved!" — June Cotner, author of the bestselling Graces and 26 other books, www.junecotner.com

"It is hard endorsing Cruel Harvest with just a few words. I want everyone to know how powerful her story is and how many lives itcan help change, and is currently changing. Ever since reading Fran Grubb'sstory I have used it to help numerous clients that are victims of childhoodviolence. Every woman has commented on her faith and how her book has giventhem hope! We are putting the book in our library for all the ladies toread." —Vicki Mason, Primary CrisisInterventionist, Women's Crisis Services of LeFlore County, Poteau, Oklahoma

"This was a wonderful book. We could feel the faith of the childthroughout every page. We highly recommend Cruel Harvest." —DeWayne and RebeccaHicks, Founders of Courage to Change Ministries, Greenville, Arkansas

"Cruel Harvest will touch your heart clear through to yoursoul! I guarantee that you won't be disappointed and you won't be able toput it down." —Pastor Ray Witherington,Midnight Cry Ministries / Restoration Revival Center Church, Townville, SouthCarolina

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 11, 2012
    Grubb's memoir recounts her train crash of a childhood, a story that seizes the reader's attention the same way a roadside accident does. The ultimate meaning of what is beheld remains murky, although Grubb says she wrote her story because "it's the beginning of healing for others." Born in 1949 to a monstrous alcoholic father and a beaten-up, beaten-down mother, Grubb loved Mama but came to hate Daddy (the name clanks, just as it does in Sylvia Plath's poem "Daddy") and to detest herself for it. He abused her and her sisters (he killed one) and sold her brother; he forced them into labor as unschooled migrants and guzzled their earnings. Grubb lightens these travails with words of faith and desperate prayers and with chapters of reunions with her lost siblings. She states facts without analysis; the chapter on forgiving her despotic father is shallow, a lesson little understood. She breaks the cardinal writers' rule by telling more than showing, and unintended bad grammar and poor editing spoil her memoir. Still, the reader can't look away.

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