Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Source of All Things

A Memoir

By Tracy Ross

Tracy Ross has written a powerful memoir that will resound with many, assuredly staying with the reader. Her story is open, honest and painfully true.

Losing her father when she was a very young child, Tracy felt blessed in gaining a doting stepfather not long thereafter. They become very close throughout her childhood, and all seemed right in her world. Her family was close; camping trips were commonplace. Her stepfather taught Tracy many things about the Idaho nature, wildlife, and living life to the fullest on these family outings. However, his love and affection for Tracy turned very wrong when on a camping trip her stepfather began to sexually abuse her. Tracy was eight years old.         

Eventually, Tracy fights back. Leaving home as a teen, she reveals the truth. This tears the family apart, finally forcing them all to face buried secrets and carefully hidden flaws. As Tracy was betrayed as a child, the family felt she now betrayed them. It takes years for them all to admit the truth.

Growing up fast, Tracy goes through many changes, and encounters many situations. She learns hard-earned lessons. Tracy’s lifelong love for nature and the outdoors takes her from her native Idaho to Alaska, and eventually to Colorado. It was nature that always held Tracy together, and ultimately helped her to heal.

There finally comes a point where Tracy is able to confront her stepfather, as an adult. This takes immense courage, for which I admire her. In doing so, Tracy is able to come to terms with what happened to her, and that she survived.

Tracy Ross’s story is full of raw emotion, vulnerability, and ultimately real survival and forgiveness. This is a memoir not to be missed.   


  1. I can't even imagine how difficult it would be write something like that. Definitely a testament to survival, to the human spirit.

  2. I think she wrote it for herself, and for all of those who could not. I thank her.

  3. It's unimaginable to me how people do this to children ... so sick and warped that I simply can't get my mind wrapped around it. Bless Tracy and all the survivors of this heinous crime.

  4. Wow--looks like a hard book to read but one that needed to be written. It is so difficult to understand how people can behave in this way and I am so grateful when I hear of someone who has managed to put it behind them and get perspective on it not being their fault but the "illness" of the offender. Thanks for sharing. One I will have to add to my ever growing list.

  5. Dear McGuffyAnn,
    Starting now, I am going to follow your blog faithfully and develop a list of books to get from the library or to order from Amazon.

    Tracy's memoir sounds so poignant and yet it must end with a feeling of such accomplishment. With a feeling of resurrection for she managed to endure and to ultimately face the person who had changed the course of her entire life. How difficult this book must have been to write. I so hope that it will reach a wide audience. Peace.