"Not since Iris Boltonís "My Son, My Son" has a book about the suicide of a child seemed sincerely authentic, warts and all. I am thankful to Michelle Linn-Gust, American Association of Suicidology President, for sending Lisa my way. I was recently sent a published book to review for AAS, and it was such a struggle. The author tried too hard or something, unlike Lisaís sincere voice in "Without Tim." While reading, I immediately felt close to Lisa, though we couldnít be more different in our immediate responses to stress! Lisaís book reads like a movie... I can picture her house, her dogs, etc., but thereís not a lot of description. I just have a feel. Thatís rare."
Editor, American Association of Suicidology
This book, written from a mothersí perspective, is both a tool survivors can use in their healing process and professionals can use to understand, in detail, what families and communities go through after losing someone to suicide. Lisaís loss is palpable as she shares the decisions, feelings, and life adjustments that accompany losing her son. She takes the reader through the broad spectrum of emotions one experiences during the process of grieving and healing. This memoir acknowledges the complex nature of suicide and is written in a straightforward and responsible manner.
Former Director of Floridaís Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention, Executive Office of the Governor
Lisa Schenke's memoir of her son Tim, who took his life in 2008, is a deeply moving, honest, and thoughtful reflection on what is surely the greatest possible adversity life can give a parent. Her loving tribute also offers deep lessons for those affected by the suicide of a loved one. Out of the terrible ordeal, Schenke helps herself and her readers achieve not only a heightened understanding and ability to endure, but a capacity to embrace life, on the other side of tragedy, fully and courageously.
Director of Communications
The Life is good Company
In this unflinchingly honest and compassionate memoir, Lisa Schenke bravely tells the story of her teenage sonís suicide and a community rocked by a "suicide epidemic." This is a story I would give to other survivors, knowing they would find comfort in this unvarnished appraisal of families who struggle, love, and are unable to control the lives of those they love. This book is for parents, teens, educators, clergy, and counselors who seek to understand the tragic loss of young lives. A tribute to her son breathes in every syllable as she teaches us that a network of family, faith, and community can support us through loss and help us reach one another in our darkest moments.
Nancy Devor, M.Div., Ph.D.
Vice President, The Samaritan Institute (a national ministry of behavioral healthcare)
Former faculty member and executive director, The Danielsen Institute at Boston University
"Grief yields way to resilience, faith and belief - Through simple language and truthful observations, "Without Tim" gives us honest, everyday insights into the heartbreaking and often perplexing world of teenage depression and suicide while inspiring the reader with a very personal yet relatable look at a motherís tireless fight to make sense of it all."
Nicole Romaine Settembrino, Co-Director, 2NDFLOOR Youth Helpline
Click Here to view article containing information on Lisaís Pitchapalooza book pitch victory: "Aspiring Authors Pitch Novels - Manasquan-Belmar, NJ Patch." Back in June, 2011, The Book Doctors, a team of bestselling authors and literary agents, chose Lisa as the winner at Manasquan Booktowne, Manasquan, NJ. Details can be found in the last third of the article.