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A Poetic Journey To Healing and Authentic Living
By Ghia Vitale
She Echoed by Pamela Gallaway is a poetry book about internal exploration and living an authentic life.
All of the poems in this collection flow into one another smoothly. Each poem narrates the larger story of the writer learning how to listen to this aching voice deep inside of her. Throughout the book, she learns how to listen to that repressed part of her and live in congruence with it.
Gallaway lives in Amarillo, Texas, She has her master’s degree in social work. Not only does she do volunteer work, but she facilitates a local bereavement group. Clearly, she knows a lot about the process of healing and self-journey. As such, this poetry collection contains themes of self-honesty and healing.
The internal dialogue in She Echoed is imbued with Gallaway’s special insight on healing and self-discovery. The poetry constructs self-talk in general very well. Sometimes, the internal conversations we have with ourselves can be confusing. Gallaway demonstrates this experience accurately. That’s part of what makes this book relatable and satisfying to read.
Some of the poetry in this book has a religious theme. Gallaway writes about salvation, prayer, and God. It’s clear from this poetry book that Gallaway finds resolve in her religion and spirituality. I highly recommend this book if you’re Christian.
She Echoed seems like an honest account of one person’s journey to healing and living in tune with your most authentic self. Most people have facets of themselves they ignore. Living out of alignment with your genuine truth will only make you stray further from true happiness. Living authentically takes a lot of internal work. For many people, authentic living has a spiritual or religious component. Gallaway’s writings reflect the thoughts and emotions of someone on the road to personal and religious improvement.
I especially related to this poetry book because it reminded me of an internal dialogue I myself have faced. When I was 11, I realized I was bisexual. I thought I would hide this fact about myself for as long as I lived. However, I began to realize how hard it was to hide such a significant part of myself. If I were Christian and queer (as opposed to just queer like I am), I can’t imagine how much this book would speak to me.
Gallaway’s voice is relatable, honest, and humble. She loves her family and writes about it. Still, Gallaway writes about how not being true to yourself will interfere with your personal growth. Not being true to your innermost self will also affect the quality of your relationships. She also reflects on her relationships and how not living authentically affects everyone involved.
Gallaway’s honesty and creativity might be just what you need in your life. If you want to read She Echoed, buy this poetry book on Amazon: