Stolen Life: The Journey Of A Cree Woman

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Stolen Life: The Journey Of A Cree Woman

by Rudy Wiebe, Yvonne Johnson

Knopf Canada | March 31, 1999 | Trade Paperback

is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
The powerful, major book, acclaimed across Canada, from the great-great-granddaughter of Chief Big Bear and Rudy Wiebe, twice winner of the Governor General''s Award for Fiction. A story of justice and social injustices, of murder and morality, and of finding spiritual strength in events that might break us, told with redeeming compassion and poetic eloquence. Stolen Life is a raw, honest, and beautifully written account of the troubled society we live in, and a deeply moving affirmation of spiritual healing.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8 × 5.16 × 0.96 in

Published: March 31, 1999

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0676971962

ISBN - 13: 9780676971965

Found in: Social Science

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Life almost wasted I read this book for my Toastmaster Book Club. I have always said that everyone has a story. To take this further, some people want to tell ther story, some don't. Some people know how to tell a story, others don't know how to tell a story. Yvonne Johnson was a person that had a story to tell, she just didn't how to tell it. She made a decision in contacting Rudy Wiebe to help her write her story. Rudy Wiebe is an accomplished and award winning author. She made a great decision. Yvonne was woman born of a Cree woman and a white man. She condidered herself Cree. She spent more time with her Cree relations than her white relations. She also had a violent and abusive upbringing. Then, just when it appeared that her life was starting to go good, she was sentenced to 25 years in prison for her part in a murder. It was during this time in prison that she contacted Wiebe to write the book. In reading this book, you can tell where the story is written more by Yvonne than Rudy. Her writing is all over the place. She talks about something at one point in her life, then jump to an earlier point. This can be confusing. Rudy did an excellent job of trying to organize here writing into a followable sequence. Yvonne tells a little of the actual murder. Much of the story comes from the other people that were involved. If you want to read about the underside of first nation life in Canada, I recommend this book. This book can be intense at time. Some members of my book club were un able to read portions of the story. Actually, everyone should read this book.
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stolen life This book is a triumphant tale of wowe that is both heart wrenching and inspiring. Told by a decendant of Big Bear it tells the tale of a hard life and a fight for the discovery of ones spirituality.Through the years and unmarked memories and factual evidence we too can make our own journey alongside "Vonnie" and maybe even discover a bit of our own spirit.
Date published: 2000-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from new things learned every day At the beginning of this book I found myself falling asleep. I was required to read this book for my gender and criminal justice class and did not enjoy it at first. I enjoy reading, so I forced myself to continue reading and found myself wanting to read on and find out the story of Yvonne. I find her story both inspiring and heartbreaking, Her extensive severity of abuse is something that no person should ever experience so her strength is rewarding to those of us who sympathize with the characters of the books we read. I wish to recommend this book for anyone who wishes to see the other side of the justice system, those who seem to be destined for a disadvantaged life, Yvonne's story will encourage you to see the good things in life and to enjoy them while you can. I hope her children are in good health and will see her soon.
Date published: 2000-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A stolen life If you have ever doubted Canada's justice system this book will prove you are right.It seems if you can't afford a good lawyer you don't stand a chance.This is a story about a woman who has overcome many obstacles in her live.For example;born with a disability to a mother who grew up in a residential school;having a white father and alcoholism.Yuonne is the mother of three children who are the center of her live as is her spirituality.Protecting them from the falling victim to the same grim events of her live got her a Twenty-five year sentence.This book is real,harrowing in parts, but still difficult to put down till the end
Date published: 2000-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An incredible tale of endurance My book club read this book last month. It was not a book I would have picked up on my own. I am very glad I read it. At first I wanted to reach in and pull Yvonne out of her terrible life. But then as I got to know her I began to understand the web she was tangled in. Her family, her culture, her life experience all added up to an inability to get out of it. Yet she tried and she endured. I would recommend this book. Not an easy read, but certainly an educational one.
Date published: 2000-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Recovery ? Anyone, who thinks that life has given them a bad deal, should read Medicine Bear Womans account of a recovery beyond comprehension. An in-depth demonstration of what our spirit can overcome. Everyone has it, and Medicine Bear Women shows how it may be found. If you are in recovery from any of lifes difficulties, you owe it to yourself, to read this book. If you think you cannot overcome and recover, compare your ordeals with Yvonne's, and your life's troubles will seem so much less significant. I recommend this book for anyone in a 12 Step Recovery program, or those who think they should be.
Date published: 1999-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stolen Life: Journey of a Cree Woman This book was excellent. It really helps you see what it is like to grow up being abused. I couldn't put it down. I would suggest it for anyonewho is trying to understand abuse. It also has a really good story behind it. Five Stars for me!!!
Date published: 1999-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stolen Life There are no words in the English language that can adequately express the impact Stolen Life leaves on those who read the book. Through Wiebe, Yvonne Johnson, a young Cree woman, tells of the abuse she endured as a young child and relates the events leading to her arrest for murder, incarceration at Kingston's Prison for Women and eventual transfer to a Native Healing Center in Cyprus Hills, Saskatchewan. Stolen Life is a testimony to the strength of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming hardship. Difficult to read, impossible to put down.
Date published: 1999-02-09

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Stolen Life: The Journey Of A Cree Woman

by Rudy Wiebe, Yvonne Johnson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8 × 5.16 × 0.96 in

Published: March 31, 1999

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0676971962

ISBN - 13: 9780676971965

Read from the Book

Prefatory Note This book is based on what Yvonne Johnson holds to be her own truths about the life she has lived. However, since there is never only one way to tell a story, other persons involved in this one may well have experienced and remember differently the events and actions here portrayed. The book is also based on my research into the circumstances of Yvonne’s life. Besides over five years of dialogue with her, this research involved travel to various places crucial to the story; interviews wherever possible; attendance at trials; and the gathering of data from court, police, government, school, and newspaper records in both Canada and the United States. I have gathered together Yvonne’s words, as given in the present text, as she and I agreed, from various sources: largely her seventeen black prison notebooks, her letters to me, her comments on official records and documents, her statements to police, my notes of our conversations in person or on the telephone, numerous audiotapes. She has a natural gift of language, which at any moment will follow a detail and widen into incident, story, often humour. This was at first sometimes confusing, even disorienting, until I recognized that her thinking was often circular, revolving around a given subject, and her writing almost oral in the sense that I had to catch the tone of her inflection to understand exactly how the incidents she was remembering connected; where the expanding images or even parables with w
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From the Publisher

The powerful, major book, acclaimed across Canada, from the great-great-granddaughter of Chief Big Bear and Rudy Wiebe, twice winner of the Governor General''s Award for Fiction. A story of justice and social injustices, of murder and morality, and of finding spiritual strength in events that might break us, told with redeeming compassion and poetic eloquence. Stolen Life is a raw, honest, and beautifully written account of the troubled society we live in, and a deeply moving affirmation of spiritual healing.

About the Author

Yvonne Johnson a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, was imprisoned for first-degree murder in 1991 in the Kingston Federal Prison for Women. Married with three children, she is now at the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge for Native Women in Saskatchewan.

Rudy Wiebe is the author of three short-story collections, eight novels and a book of essays. There was a television adaptation of his acclaimed novel The Temptations of Big Bear in 1999.

From Our Editors

Written with the help of award winning author Rudy Wiebe, this acclaimed novel tells of Yvonne Johnson's experience while imprisoned for first-degree murder in 1991, and the spiritual strength she eventually found. A compelling story of murder, morality, justice and injustice, Stolen Life: The Journey of A Cree Woman is Johnson's account of the troubled society we live in. Powerful and eloquent, this is a book about Indian life, of stolen land and stolen lives.

Editorial Reviews

"Stolen Life is ''a gift of understanding'' — A compelling story infused with hope and spirituality —." —The Financial Post

"Stolen Life is] the rarest of treasures— an unexpected joy — Here are two friends who prove to one another that individuals can reach across a nation''s mistakes, and offer forgiveness — an amazing collaboration. [A] triumph — Yvonne Johnson and Rudy Wiebe have written the book that will shatter the silence, revealing secrets about stolen land and stolen lives, if only we are brave enough to confront their meaning." —The Edmonton Journal

"Brilliant— Rudy Wiebe works here like a great jazz guitarist ... with consummate skill. An essential [book] for anyone who believes [in] establishing justice." —The Toronto Star

“The story [is] told as poignantly as Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, and every bit as heartbreaking as Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees. Stolen Life [demonstrates] the humbling and unyielding power of forgiveness, a power that lives on, in spite of everything, in nameless but heroic people like Yvonne Johnson.” – The Georgia Straight
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