Woman Finds Soul Mate in Prison in Stunning Memoir
Truus Geraets tells her remarkable story of love and a closer observation of the US Penal System
A story of true love and inspiration, ‘Love in Action’ tells of how anyone can find their soul mate anywhere and how finding one’s soul mate can happen in sometimes impossible circumstances.
Do you believe in soul mates – that one person with whom you have a deep feeling of natural affinity? When author Truus Geraets found hers, she never let go, even if he was a criminal in prison.
A story of true love and inspiration, “Love in Action” tells of how anyone can find their soul mate anywhere and how finding one’s soulmate can happen in sometimes impossible circumstances. Geraets found hers in Dawud, an inmate in Jackson prison in Michigan. After moving to the United States from the Netherlands, Geraets starts to work with inner city children and convicts. She meets Dawud while performing a spiritual practice called Eurythmy and they fall in love.
Despite being hindered by distance, time, and circumstance, Truus never wavers in her faith in Dawud and finds in him not only a deep connection but also immense potential, demonstrating a clear sense of intelligence, a capacity to write, and cultivate an inner strength amidst impossible living conditions.
The two get married, but later divorce after Dawud leaves Geraets for another woman. She then travels to South Africa, but five years after their divorce, Dawud attempts to rekindle their relationship. Over the years, Dawud goes in and out of prison, but Geraets remains steadfast in her love. Their story continues to this day, and Geraets goes on to study and describe the effects of the US criminal justice system as punitive, not rehabilitative.
Reviewers have nothing but good things to say about “Love in Action”: “After I read the book, I certainly think that the story would make an excellent documentary. The challenge would be to find a film director who is as concerned as you are with the failure of the American Penal System… It certainly is a story worth telling to a wider audience,” British filmmaker Jonathan Stedall says.
This story is not just about two people finding each other, but also about patience and reform inside an institution so problematic. Truus is a fountain of goodness and compassion for Dawud as he discovers more about himself, his relationships, and how his imprisonment ultimately affected his humanity in a positive way.
“Love in Action” is both a vexing and illuminating read. Readers will definitely find these characters polarizing yet complementary in their divergence.
Learn more at http://www.loveinaction.com/.
Truus Geraets is originally from the Netherlands and has lived in Europe, South Africa, and the United States. She has worked with inner city youths in Chicago and Detroit, where she also worked as a prison counselor. She employs the healing art of Eurythmy, an expressive movement art used in education and therapy. She was raised in a loving and supportive family, guided by spiritual principles. She is the author of “Inkanyezi” (1991, VerlagefuerFreiesGeistesleben), “Courage and Love for Children in South Africa” (1993, Schaumburg), and “The Healing Power of Eurythmy”, also translated and published in German. Check out her websites, www.healingartofliving.com, and www.waldorfforafrica.org.
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