Sid Harta Publishers
The author's true story about her daughter, Kali, and her battle with drug addiction and mental illness is written with such love and eloquence. It is clear that having a family member gripped by these demons is a never-ending rollercoaster that takes all family members for an unwelcome ride.
Deep sadness and anguish, days and weeks without knowing your daughter's fate, two brothers crying in each other's arms over the disappearance of their sister again, a Nan who embraces the situation with love and humour. And always there is endless patience and hope and crushing disappointment.
Robyn Robins story, Child of the Universe, is heart-wrenching stuff there but by the grace of God.
Yet while the story tears at your heartstrings for a young life unfulfilled, it is also an uplifting story. The love of family, mum, Nan, the two brothers, close friends.
The story also touches on the treatment of the drug-addicted and mentally-ill by the police, the courts, the welfare and rehabilitation systems and another element, the addiction to religion and how such a life can isolate close family members.
Robyn Robins was a divorced parent raising three young kids when her eldest child, Kali, crashed off her life path. Robyn dealt with the task of raising three children alone in a brave and loving manner. So touching is her son, Damon's, tribute to her at the beginning of the book, that you know the family always grew with love.
If you have a mentally-ill or addicted family member, then this book will be calming to your soul for you do not walk the path alone.
Child of the Universe dares you to walk a mile in the shoes of those who care for a family member experiencing addiction and mental health issues. Read more about “Child of the Universe”