ResilientAF Series: Book One. The Courageous True Story of One Child's Unbreakable Spirit from Kidnapping and Abuse to Self-Love
by Delicia Niami
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Pub Date 15 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 12 Dec 2023
ResilientAF Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Resilience isn’t inherited. It’s a hard-fought skill forged by our ability to pick up the broken pieces of our past and remake them into something new.
Meet four-year-old Delicia, a poor but carefree child who is about to have her world shattered. Along with her seven-year-old brother Nile, she is kidnapped from her Los Angeles home by her estranged father and taken to Iraq, a foreign world she has never known. This is just the beginning of a string of traumas, hardships, and assaults Delicia will endure throughout her tumultuous childhood.
Now an adult living back in California, Delicia Niami bravely recounts how she survived the unimaginable in her debut memoir. Kissing Asphalt, the first in her memoir trilogy, ResilientAF, grapples with the power of resilience, acceptance, and self-love. She revisits her terrifying past with vulnerability, compassion, and the honesty of a true survivor. Hold hands with Delicia as she faces her childhood scars and learns how to confront her fears, accept her true value and identity, and embrace her unique gifts. It’s a multi-decade roller coaster ride that is the beginning of her liberation, propelling her to live an inspired life and embrace her full human potential—a human potential she knows lives inside everyone, no matter what life has thrown at us.
For anyone who has struggled with childhood trauma, Delicia’s unflinching journey through darkness and back to light will resonate. She has decided to share her story publicly in hopes that it will serve as a guide to the many who have suffered in silence and continue to struggle against the daunting weight imposed by childhood trauma.
A Note From the Publisher
"I’ve read your manuscript a few times now and while there is very tough stuff, I swear I smile every time because as I read your honesty and observations are a wonderful mixture of poignant and enjoyable. The book has heft and levity. Also, you took me right back to the 1980’s. There are places I laugh and even get tears and by the end I feel I’ve been on an incredible journey of ups and downs, but ultimately survival and resilience. Very powerful." - Laurie Chittenden, Editor