Indestructible: The Hidden Gifts of Trauma by Krista Nerestant
Indestructible is a child survivor’s shocking narrative expertly woven through the perspective of the adult self, who is ultimately healed. This is the fascinating and hopeful personal story of a traumatized overachiever bound by the cultural and societal limitations of her home country, who endures multiple traumas as a child in the Philippines and as a young immigrant in the United States.
In Indestructible, Krista shares how she learned to extract life-healing lessons while overcoming a violent past, with the hope of inspiring and teaching survivors to approach personal wounds as a gateway to unleashing their own self-actualization. Crossing over spirituality and self-help genres, Indestructible disrupts society’s chosen perspective on trauma. Instead of wincing from the pain, readers will be empowered in recognizing the gifts it will present.
Interview of Krista Nerestant, the author of Indestructible
- Where did you grow up /live now? -
I was born and raised in Cebu Philippines until age 12. I immigrated in 1996 to Newark, NJ, and now I am living in Austin, Texas.
- What inspired your story? -
I was inspired by my need to practice what I preach as a facilitator at Self-ishlifestyle.com I am like a broken record in repeating the mantra of SELF-accountability, responsibility, and awareness. The need for championing trauma survivors who are living on survival mode and encouraging them to survive rather than just thrive. Indestructible: The Hidden Gifts of Trauma encourages and teaches individuals to use their personal power to live their best life in all levels--mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book? -
It was the most therapeutic experience. I laughed, cried, angered, and certainly squirmed in re-living the past but it healed me and allowed me to gain an objective perspective to extract life healing lessons to share with the community.
- When you are struggling with writer’s block, what are some ways that help
you find your creative muse again? -
Signing up and committing to a writer’s group and writer’s class hold me accountable. Due to this, I make sure that I am producing a piece of writing consistently.
- Who are some of your favorite authors? -
Lee Child, Nora Roberts, David Baldacci, Emily Griffin, Harlan Coben
This story is not a single trauma but a journey over a lifespan of pain, adjustments, and healing. Indestructible covered so much more than I imagined. It had a great balance of stories and self-reflections. I was able to experience both the traumas and the healing along with her as she places her self-reflective encounters with her therapist and recommended healing methods interspersed between her stories.
There are graphic scenes and encounters that have no sugar coating. She is very honest with her experiences and it makes her all the stronger to be able to reflect and address her past in that much detail. Krista has a beautiful way with words and creating imagery in her settings taking the reader along with her in each of her environments. The quotes at the beginning of every chapter fit so well that I started taking a second to reread each quote and sit with it a bit before diving in.
Beautiful, inspiring story.