by Christina A. Kemp
Christina A. Kemp weaves poetic language and piercing wisdom into this intimate exploration of relationships, grief, and loss. In her memoir, she reflects on eight significant relationships in her life, including those with her late father, her mother and younger brother, a childhood best friend, a coming-of-age mentor, two former lovers, and finally, with herself. Throughout, Kemp displays bravery, humor, and a gentle regard and compassion for the people who both shaped and wounded her, along with a willful determination to glean critical life lessons from these encounters. Readers are bound to identify with the universal themes contemplated by this sensitive, loving heroine: her keen eye for nature’s beauty and rhythms, her signature self-awareness, and her unflinching desire to make sense of the harms that befall her. Her words reflect the boundless depths of loss, the power of healing, and the sacred truths that lay within, beneath, around, and among all of us.
“Kemp explores the nature of emotional distance and learning to love in an intimate collection of short memoirs in Across the Distance. Highly Recommended!”
“Christina Kemp has captured in these pages the nuance of human connection. Heartbreaking longing, enduring friendship, depth with and without emotional safety, and profoundly nurturing exchanges-these are only a few of the subtleties Kemp invites us to explore. With complexity and honesty, her beautiful prose and willingness to hold all relationships in the embrace of tenderness and respect reminds us that we are, above all else, vulnerable humans who only want to be seen and known.”
-Cami Ostman, Founder of The Narrative Project
“Across the Distance reveals in kaleidoscopic imagery the vast inner depths to which Kemp has traveled as she coheres the shards of loving, losing, reshaping, and creating her life anew. A meditation on memory, reverie, and the present, the author gifts this story of hope and possibility to her readers.”
-Jennifer J. Wilhoit, Ph.D., Author, Spiritual Ecologist, Mentor
“Christina Kemp has composed a remarkable book. Her second-person messages to her parents, her brother, friend, and lovers delve deeply into the essence of relationships with a voice that ranges from analytical to poetic. The missives are as unique as the recipients, yet threads of love, pain, and longing bind the essays together. Readers will find resonances of their own loves and losses in these pages, and the magic and music of her words will echo in their hearts.”
-Seán Dwyer, author of A Quest for Tears: Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury
“The depth of Kemp’s well-earned psychological insights make it so deeply satisfying to inhabit her reflections. Across the Distance is honest, wrenchingly painful in its clarity, and rich in its expression of the simultaneity of the emotional life. The style of writing is also fascinating. Kemp presents an observing or spectating commentary in the indented segments, as though the therapeutic gaze is offered afterwards. A truly remarkable and profound expression. Kemp is a gifted writer and healer, and her memoir is an inspiring prospect for anyone who reads it. Across the Distance is an invitation to explore the complexity and nuance of our most sensitive and formative relationships and the courage to find access to the intelligence of our own suffering.”
-Claire Lebeau, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychologist
“Across the Distance reads like a series of love letters to the self: poignant, touching, and compelling in what is offered in between the lines, as much as in the written word. It works within the reader as a slow blossoming that happens when one begins to understand the whispers of the soul. Depth psychology-soul-centered psychology-focuses on the study of the unconscious: what lies beneath the surface of things in the invisible world. In this book, Kemp gives voice to what is often unspoken, but deeply felt in everyday life. Through a series of beautifully nuanced and archetypal motifs and vignettes, the reader is tenderly directed toward the center of herself and invited to explore the inner landscapes of love and loss in order make space for the unimaginable beauty of what is already here.”
-Bonnie Bright, Ph.D., Founder of Depth Insights, Depth Psychology Alliance, and the Institute for Soul-Centered Psychology and Coaching
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