“Petals from Mars”

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Judie Dziezak


A Poignant Memoir of Inspiration and Wisdom


Judie Dziezak is no stranger to adversity. Those who know her as an attorney, technology writer, or scientist see a soft-spoken, pleasant, competent professional who courageously stands up for what’s right even when she is the only one standing. What they don’t know is that growing up, she wrestled with a tumultuous crescendo of abuse from her mentally ill mother. No one knew


As an adult, that secret came back to haunt her. A soul-shattering experience wrought by an exquisitely orchestrated, premeditated lie threatened to devour her alive and pull her back into a toxic stew of drama. That situation forced a choice: accept the lie or embrace the truth and cut family ties. Which would she choose?


In Dziezak’s work in male-dominated fields where she was among the first few women, and sometimes the only woman, struggles were not commonplace. But when they occurred, they were a doozy. Adversarial ghosts reminiscent of those from her youth surfaced: jealousy, sabotage, and disempowerment—only now primarily from a patriarchal leadership. She turned to the treasures gleaned from her early years of abuse: self-reliance, resilience, and inner strength. And after encountering a stream of dilemmas, she learned the ultimate lesson—the key to moving forward.


Petals from Mars is a brave, intimate chronicle of a fiery battle for holding one’s power and standing firm. With keen insight, Dziezak unfolds a look into the strength of the human spirit and how difficulty can blossom into self-discovery, compassion, understanding, and self-love.



ISBN: 978-1-954920-75-0
Publication date: September 7, 2023
Page Count: 412
List Price: $19.99
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About the Author

Judie Dziezak

Speaker and mentor Judie Dziezak, JD, draws on the spiritual arts and her former careers in law, publishing, and science to guide people to step into their personal power, evolve into the best expression of themselves, and reconnect with their inner wisdom.