Memoirs Of Moving On
by McRae-McMahon Dorothy
Publisher: Jane Curry Publishing
Format: Trade Paperback
No. of Pages: 277
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Faith, passion and resilience have been the hallmarks of Dorothy McRae-McMahon’s extraordinary life. Now 70, her memoirs begin with growing up in drought-stricken country Victoria, part of a big rambling family with a strong mother and wise but distant Methodist minister father. Theirs was very much a typical Australian life. In her late teens and with little experience of the world, Dorothy met Barrie McMahon and they soon married and settled in the outskirts of Melbourne to begin what appeared to be a typical suburban existence. After the birth of their second child, however, two events shattered Dorothy’s world: her two-year-old son was diagnosed with severe autism and her beloved younger sister was killed in a car accident. While these challenges would have stopped many in their tracks, they are but two of many seemingly insurmountable events in Dorothy’s life from which she has moved on. Her ability to rise above such adversity will inspire every reader. Well-known internationally as a speaker and activist, Dorothy McRae-McMahon is best known in Australia as the former Pitt Street Uniting Church minister in Sydney. Her memoirs contain fascinating stories from the church and her ordination, as well as from her travels in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and from her time as moderator of the World Council of Churches Worship Committee. Of all the causes with which Dorothy has been involved, she specifically addresses her work with the peace, women’s and republican movements. Dorothy is also brutally honest about how she dealt with the late-in-life realisation that she was a lesbian. With great integrity she talks about the effect this had on her marriage, her children and her life in the church, including the attacks she suffered at the hands of a neo-Nazi group. After embracing her sexuality at 50, Dorothy has now found the love of her life, Ali.
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