The Stars Are Our Only Warmth by Alice Leahy

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The Stars Are Our Only Warmth

The Stars Are Our Only Warmth tells powerful truths about Irish life and the people who taught Alice what it is to be alive in this world.

'This inspiring chronicle of a lifetime dedicated to alleviating the suffering of those unfortunate enough to be homeless is humbling in its affirmation of humanity and gritty compassion. It tells us how despite the bureaucratic red tape and the impossibility of systems to show individuals the unique recognition and validation we all need to heal and get well; some special, singular individuals can and do make a difference, often the difference between life and death, by taking the time and having the courage to make someone feel cared for and valued, despite all of the shame and sigma they carry and are subjected to; they can eventually be helped to feel worthy of care and  eventually seek help and then just maybe to have some care towards themselves. In a world where individuals are judged not on their own unique personalities and merits, but rather on preconceptions regarding the group they belong to, Alice Leahy lights a beacon of hope, and inspiration. With no trace of posturing she takes us on the warm, inspiring journey of a girl born and raised in Fethard, County Tipperary, and allowed to grow and develop under the loving, practical, empowering wing of her parents, and strong, inspiring female role models … The value of this book is that it demonstrates that in the face of ever increasing dehumanising forces like: globalisation, technological change, inter and intra national economic inequality, nationalism, and religious extremism; individuals can and do make a stand in choosing to recognise and work with, the dignity of the individual and as Alice Leahy has done, turn away from social mainstream careers, roles and preconceptions, to foster and fan that fragile flame of hope, self-belief and creativity we are all entitled to. Also, when all else has failed to simply bear witness to the passing of a human life and to ensure that they are not alone on their last journey.' John Connolly, UKCP reg Psychotherapist, Lead Counsellor, Westminster Homeless Health Service, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

The Stars Are Our Only Warmth tells powerful truths about Irish life and the people who taught Alice what it is to be alive in this world.

'This inspiring chronicle of a lifetime dedicated to alleviating the suffering of those unfortunate enough to be homeless is humbling in its affirmation of humanity and gritty compassion. It tells us how despite the bureaucratic red tape and the impossibility of systems to show individuals the unique recognition and validation we all need to heal and get well; some special, singular individuals can and do make a difference, often the difference between life and death, by taking the time and having the courage to make someone feel cared for and valued, despite all of the shame and sigma they carry and are subjected to; they can eventually be helped to feel worthy of care and  eventually seek help and then just maybe to have some care towards themselves. In a world where individuals are judged not on their own unique personalities and merits, but rather on preconceptions regarding the group they belong to, Alice Leahy lights a beacon of hope, and inspiration. With no trace of posturing she takes us on the warm, inspiring journey of a girl born and raised in Fethard, County Tipperary, and allowed to grow and develop under the loving, practical, empowering wing of her parents, and strong, inspiring female role models … The value of this book is that it demonstrates that in the face of ever increasing dehumanising forces like: globalisation, technological change, inter and intra national economic inequality, nationalism, and religious extremism; individuals can and do make a stand in choosing to recognise and work with, the dignity of the individual and as Alice Leahy has done, turn away from social mainstream careers, roles and preconceptions, to foster and fan that fragile flame of hope, self-belief and creativity we are all entitled to. Also, when all else has failed to simply bear witness to the passing of a human life and to ensure that they are not alone on their last journey.' John Connolly, UKCP reg Psychotherapist, Lead Counsellor, Westminster Homeless Health Service, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Publisher: The O'Brien Press ISBN: 9781788490719 Pages: 352