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Butterfly Tears: A Powerful Voice for Empowering Women

Inspirational Stories of Life Transformation- How Nine Young Women Broke the Cycle of Destruction

Aug 24, 2011 – Tustin, California – Butterfly Tears: Stories of Entrapment to Empowerment reveals the gripping, intimate stories of nine brave women who found the strength to turn their dark, raging worlds around. Women who against all odds, broke free of the destructive cycle of sexual, verbal, or physical abuse. Women who suffered abandonment and/or addiction and who found themselves in life’s dark corners of gangs, prison, or homelessness.

Drawing on deep-rooted tenacity, these women have now attained love, security, and successful lives. They have emerged as lawyers, teachers, medical professionals, and counselors who now joyfully give back and serve as mentors in society.

These young women’s compelling gut-level transformations offer strong inspiration to anyone who has suffered life’s hardships-to the breaking point and beyond.

The book also highlights the life of Dave Bishop, describing how his life journey-a journey that included his own alcoholism and recovery, and serving as a teacher to troubled teenagers-opened his eyes to how many young women need help and led him step by step to the formation of his groundbreaking Pathways to Independence foundation in Huntington Beach, California. With its all-volunteer network of therapists, doctors, mentors, and other professionals, Pathways has provided life-changing support and resources to these women and hundreds others like them since opening its doors in 1991.

Butterfly Tears can be purchased through the Butterfly Tears website at or at

Suggested Retail Price

Hardcover $24.95

EBook $7.49


About the Editors

Butterfly Tears was produced and published by longtime Pathways benefactor Wil Drouin and seasoned writer-editor Jennifer Thomas. The book features the powerful stories of nine Pathways clients and graduates-heart-wrenching first-person accounts of their metamorphoses from childhood horror to personal triumph in Pathways.

For more information about Butterfly Tears or to arrange a book signing or interview, please visit or contact Joanna Laznicka, publicist: 408-448-3113 or




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