Author: Diane Banasiak
Room 32 is one woman’s story about the power we all have within us to create and to transform our lives. Diane begins her story on the south side of Chicago in a strict Polish Catholic environment where sins of the flesh are real and admonished. As she grows and develops, Diane wants to integrate her spirituality and sexuality; however, in her Catholic world Diane is given very little room to do so. In puberty, a crisis erupts, and Diane has nowhere to turn, until she discovers Room 32. In Room 32, a drama classroom at Holy Jesus High School, Diane’s life begins to change. Diane gets the taste of a different kind of existence, and in that room she learns about the power to create. Join Diane on her journey as she takes steps on the dance floor of life, and be encouraged to love and to celebrate your life as you dance along with Diane. You don’t have to be Catholic or prayerful to relate to Diane’s struggles and find joy in her discoveries as she walks you through the many rooms of her life. But be prepared to question the blanket acceptance we often put on the teachings of our elders, our religions and our education. This book will challenge you to think for yourself. Room 32 is Diane Banasiak’s tumultuous story of longing for meaningful connections in her life, religion and vocation. Her struggles bring her toe-to-toe with God, demons, and ultimately her true self as she grapples to make sense of her world. In her own words, “I was Diane on paper but up for grabs everywhere else.” “Does God work with us, warts and all?” asks a hopeful Diane as she tries to piece together her confidence and sense of purpose. Consider stopping for a while, as I did, to consider this question and the many others that Diane asks. You may find your own opportunity to wrestle yourself into freedom, fulfillment and a sense of purpose. -Rhonda C. Messinger, Career and Business Consultant, Career Momentum My new book is available through Balboa Press.