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This book is my life story, and the aim with this book is to tell my story and inspire others to make the necessary changes in their lives, live their lives to the fullest, and accept themselves for the beautiful, strong, and powerful people they are. 


I encourage and urge everyone to speak up, share their stories, and inspire and uplift others.


I had to go through the things I went through in my life so that I could share these events, how I overcame them, and the lessons I learned with someone out there - with you!


In doing so, I can change the lives of others to inspire them to rise above any adversity they face. If I can make a difference in just one person’s life, I will feel I have accomplished my life’s purpose.

A lot of the negative things that I went through are not uncommon: sexual abuse, mental abuse, neglect, finding it challenging to trust people, relationship difficulties, self-doubt, insecurities, and mental health issues are all genuine challenges that millions of people all over the world are suffering from or are going through daily.


This book is not only my story but the story of millions of men, women, and children worldwide. And although my stories are unique to me - millions of people can relate. 


If what I want to share with you while you are going through something similar makes a difference in your life, then I will have achieved what I have set out to do in this book. If what I did to overcome my set of adversities can help you, then I will feel that what I went through had some purpose and was not in vain, that my stories inspired someone out there to realise that they are not alone in this world and that they can too overcome anything in their life!


We all have life stories to tell - good, bad, happy, and sad - but we all have a story. If we are brave enough to tell our stories, maybe we can change someone else’s story for the better. Or we can become the source of inspiration for someone else.

Stardust Stories - Overcoming Adversity by Theresa van Ede

SKU: 9780796124661
R150,00Price
  • Theresa van Ede resides in Cape Town, South Africa.


    Although she had no formal training or any qualifications in counselling or therapy, she has lived a full life filled with adversity. These experiences taught her many life lessons that she wants to share with others; her stories aim to show other people who might go through their own trauma, no matter their circumstances or stories.

    Through a wide variety of life experiences, like childhood sexual and emotional abuse, bullying, failed relationships, mental health issues, and trust issues, the book takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. But ultimately, it proves that everyone has the power to claim back their lives, to stand up for themselves, and live their best lives


    Her aim with this book is to tell her life stories and inspire others to make the necessary changes in their own lives, to live their lives to the fullest, and to accept themselves for the beautiful, strong, and powerful people they are. She encourages everyone to speak up, share their stories, and inspire and uplift others.
    In her own words: “I had to go through the things I went through in my life so that I could share these events, how I overcame them, and the lessons I learned with someone out there.


    In doing so, I can change the lives of others to inspire them to rise above any adversity they face. If I can make a difference in just one person’s life, I will feel I have accomplished my life’s purpose.

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