“Pennie Saum’s memoir is an overwhelmingly powerful and honest retelling of a horrific tormented childhood. She steps out of the silence that comes with childhood sexual abuse and brings forward the reality of the impact of trauma such as this. She has intertwined her childhood past with her mother’s battle and how the two stories relate. Brave and Unbroken is a perfect title for Pennie’s story. Her ability to share her voice, overcome horrific trauma and help make change for others is a true testament of her bravery and a story that everyone should read.”
-Marilyn Van Derbur,
Author of Miss America By Day
“Pennie Saum grew up on military bases around the world, but no matter where she lived, the scenario was unchanged: grounded in a foundation of maternal love, laughter, and goodness, juxtaposed with paternal manipulation, hatred, and never-ending sexual abuse. Pennie gives us the gift of stepping into her courageous, decades-long fight for survival and following along as she finds blessings beneath the pain. It is a life-changing read.
Kathleen Prezbindowski, Ph.D., M.S.N.
Biologist and long-term wellness/support group Facilitator
"Pennie Saum's heroic story of surviving sexual abuse could not have arrived at a more appropriate time in our nation's history. The patchwork of raw memories Pennie shares unabashedly fills the pages in Brave and Unbroken - and will undoubtedly save lives for the sheer essence of being told. Her story should be read by young and old, gay and straight, survivors and therapists - humans everywhere."
Award-winning journalist and publisher