Ria is a child of Bram Zwarts and Maria Cornelia Holst. Bram came from a family of farmers, greenhouses, etc. He had a few acres greenhouses near the Rotter river (Rotterdam). On that yard many familymembers lived in houses, caravans, etc. Secundary education didnot work out for Ria. So Ria started working in a fashionshop quite young. Here she really learned all about fashion and styling. Later she worked a while for her brother in law (a Baptist minister) followed by some years working for Opwekking (a national ministry). In this religious world she experienced manipulation. You can read that in Ria’s book: ‘Stolen Innocence’.
She met Leen in these circles, but he was totally different as what she saw in those manipulating ‘evangelical circles’. One of those leaders visited her just before marriage, to warn her not to marry Leen, as he was seen as a dangerous person (he didnot want to obey those manipulative leaders). Sad situation, but true. Even the churchservice turned out to be a nightmare by the absurd behaviour of the leading evangelical evangelist. But they married anyway. Living with Leen became an adventure.
The world of the arts stimulated Ria to develope those gifts: Ria started to write, to do styling again, etc. Within the annual CA-Seminar she has her own unique and refreshing contributions.
For further NOTES See also the BACK of the book!
|Author:||Ria La Rivière ; [translated from the Dutch by Sylvia Dierks-Mallett].|
|ISBNr:||9070126982 / 9789070126988|