"Judicious and wise, Withstanding the Lie: A Self-Help Book by Roger L. Brewer and Nicole Brewer provides stark images of the modern world to highlight the continued backlash of bigotry and racism. Far from content, America's schools, courts, and workplaces are often battlegrounds that foster strife, humiliation, and disgrace. Minorities continue to be excluded and denied simple rights based on their physical appearance, language, or origin. In seven chapters with subtitles such as "Know Harm, Know Foul" and "Liberating from the Illusion," the authors examine the myths of acceptance and the dangers of hostility. A powerful blend of vignettes and firsthand anecdotes of race, ethnicity, and otherness prove a formidable defense to hegemony. As the authors break the barriers of stereotypes and what it truly means to be different, they demonstrate how transgressions meant to destroy victims have little power. The time for self-awareness and self-impowerment is now."
". . .The book is filled with superb and emotional writing, and should be required reading for people of all colors, genders, and religious and sexual preferences. . .
Withstanding the Lie is an excellent book about how to cope with the lies that racism and prejudice engender in our lives. . ."
Douglas R. Cobb Bestsellersworld.com
" . . . Withstanding the Lie is a collection of anecdotes, short fiction, essays, and other writings from the father daughter team of Roger & Nicole Brewer. Honest and upfront, their words tell people how the world is and inspires them to deal with the harsh realities that life puts in front of them. "Withstanding the Lie" is worth reading for anyone who feels they are a minority in their environment."
John Burroughs - Midwest Book Review
"Withstanding the Lie by father and daughter team Roger and Nicole Brewer is literally healing between the covers of a book. If you've ever experienced any sort of discrimination, whether it's due to your race, religion, sex, size, physical ability, etc., and if that discrimination hurt you, made you hate, or somehow affected you so that you are unable to heal and move beyond it, then you'll want to get a copy of Withstanding the Lie."
Diane Kidman carp(e)librisreviews.com
"Withstanding the Lie is just an exquisite piece of work, written straight from the heart! ... Great messages, and it has a fascinating structure -- mix of essays, personal reflections and short fiction (which is enhanced by the different father and daughter perspectives) -- that just really resonated with me."
Denning Powell - co-author of the books Monkey Trap and Hiding Hand.
"This is definitely a book that should help anyone who has suffered from bullying of any kind or feel they don't 'fit in'. Roger and Nicole are really good teachers. . ."
Jessica Roberts bookpleasures.com
". . . the book is well worth the read, with interesting stories to hold a reader's interest, and should have a wide appeal. It is full of helpful information for not only dealing with prejudice but dealing with self-esteem issues."
Maryann Miller bloggernews.net
(click on the links for the entire articles - pdf format)
January 27, 2012 Town Times (Durham & Middlefield, CT)
Web article (originally published as print article in the Town Times)
Excerpt: "Withstanding the Lie, a powerful book published by Rockfall residents Roger and Nicole, was written to equip others with the "shield" they have developed to protect themselves from the mental and emotional harm caused by bigotry."
October 5, 2008 Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)
The link above is to the article found on the website of The Middletown Press, www.middletownpress.com. The same article was published in the print version of the Middletown Press (October 6, 2008) as the cover story,"Bigotry A Lie."
Excerpt: "Roger and Nicole said the techniques from the book apply to the different forms of bigotry they each faced and can apply to discrimination based on anything from economic status to gender to height and weight."
August 22, 2008 Town Times (Durham & Middlefield CT)
Excerpt: "While the Brewers' experiences are based on race, they easily point out how the heavy person, the person with a handicapping condition, the immigrant, the girl or woman, the elderly can all find themselves facing the same lie — that through no fault of their own, they're perceived as not as worthy as other people. In between fictional chapters and memory narratives, the authors give real solid tips on how to face down those lies and the liars who perpetrate them, a facing down that only occasionally involves confrontation, and they advise on where and when that might be important."
July 3, 2008 - PR Web Press Release Newswire
Father-Daughter Team's New Book Examines the Effects of Prejudice and Methods of Sustaining Identity Outside of Traditional Definitions
Withstanding the Lie offers a new identity to all who have suffered from bigotry, and a means of maintaining "personhood" in the face of hate and hostility.
Rockfall, CT (PRWEB) July 3, 2008 -- In today's climate of war, suspicion, racial profiling and "homeland security," Withstanding the Lie, a new book authored jointly by father-daughter team Roger and Nicole Brewer, speaks to all who have been wounded by bigotry of any kind . . .
A compilation of essays, short fiction and personal memoirs combine to encourage people not to identify themselves ethnically or by gender, religion, or sexual orientation but as simply people . . . Both Brewers have experienced bigotry firsthand, and their powerful example is meant to enable others to protect themselves from prejudice and prevent the loss of self-esteem as a result of it . . .
March 2009 The Flying Horse Archive Article (pdf)