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7 Lessons From Heaven by Mary C. Neal, M.D.–5-Stars–

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Don’t Miss This Awe Inspiring True Story!

7 Lessons From Heaven is a book about Dr. Mary Neal’s incredible afterlife experience. This book does not only describe her near-death-experience but also how angels often intervene in our everyday lives. She also writes about how living a joy-filled life is easy, once you truly understand what awaits you after death.

Dr. Mary Neal had a kayaking accident in Chile and drowned. According to scientific data, anyone experiencing what Dr. Neal did, would be dead. But Dr. Neal is not only alive, and well without any brain damage, she is currently a practicing board-certified orthopedic spinal surgeon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her near death experience boggled my mind. One of the most comforting parts of her story was that she had no fear, none at all. The moment Dr. Neal realized she wasn’t going to survive the accident, she was engulfed in love. She tells her story with amazing detail. This book is so heartwarming that I didn’t want it to end. I savored each page.

Dr. Neal includes in her book, stories about how angels not only intervened in her life but others as well. She also talks about meeting Jesus and having a life review. The last part of the book is dedicated to living a joy filled life knowing that God’s promises are true. If you were not convinced before reading this book, that there is indeed an afterlife, Dr. Neal’s true account will erase all doubt. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Crown Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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*Rise* by Cara Brookins -5-Stars*

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A Fascinating and Inspirational True Story!

Rise is an amazing true story about a mother’s determination to accomplish the near impossible. Cara Brookins needed a home for her children; a place that hadn’t already been, tainted by memories, of her ex-husband’s frightening and bizarre behavior. But, since she didn’t have money to buy a new home, she decided to build one, with the help of YouTube videos and her children.

Cara never dreamt that she would one day be pointing a loaded gun at the man she once loved. But, when her ex-husband Adam stood outside the house, wearing horns and a devil outfit, tapping on the window with a knife, Cara stood ready to pull the trigger.

Reading about Adam’s crazed, and stalking behavior was as captivating as it was horrific. When Adam was off his medication, he was paranoid, psychotic, and depending on his voices, dangerous. Building a home was more than just an experience for this author, it was the avenue in which she used to bind her family together, heal their emotional pain and strengthen their self-esteem. Cara Brookins shares her extraordinary story with brutal honesty and raw emotion. I found Rise to be an engaging, fascinating and inspirational read.

Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Crossroads* by Christopher Conte

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Crossroads is a fascinating collection of fifteen essays, written by accomplished Ugandan women; that shine a spotlight on different aspects of their culture. These amazing women share their stories of hardship and challenges, as well as how they live and survive in Uganda’s male-dominant society. I found each story compelling, thought-provoking but also very disturbing. All of the essays have a thread of oppression that runs through them, yet each one of them is unique and powerful.

Reading this book has opened my eyes to the severity of women’s suffering in Uganda. It has also rekindled my appreciation for the freedom that I experience every day in the United States.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Life is Beautiful*by Sarah M. Johnson*5-Stars

Life is Beautiful

Sarah Johnson’s memoir is both an uplifting and heart-wrenching story. Sarah bravely shares painful memories of her life from being a socially awkward teen and drinking alcoholically, to surviving a plane crash, where both her father, and brother died, and her mother nearly burned to death.

Although Sarah grew up in a home where religion was frowned upon, she always had a yearning to know God. Sarah believed that she was a constant disappointment to her parents and, therefore, suffered periods of depression. She cherished her younger brother, Zach. He was the only one who could truly calm her when her nerves were frayed. He was her confidant and best friend. When Zach died in the plane crash, a big part of her life died with him. Although her mother survived the crash, she blamed Sarah for her burned body and shunned Sarah because of it. Sarah truly felt alone in the world.

Life Is Beautiful is Sarah’s story. She doesn’t claim to be a perfect person or have a perfect life. Sarah tells of her experiences, disclosing mistakes as well as accomplishments. She also shares how she came to know God, even though it was through a person who was no good for her. She drives home the point that every person who comes into our lives is there for a reason whether they bring happiness or pain. It’s all part of life.

Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your incredible story.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

*Fortney Road* by Jeff C. Stevenson* 5-Stars

Fortney Road

Fortney Road is a true and emotionally charged story depicting the horrific abuse that members of the Church of the Risen Christ, were forced to endure during the 1960’s and 70’s in Ohio. This poignant account of individual experiences while living and working on Larry Hill’s farm is both compelling and incredibly disturbing.

The founder of the Church of the Risen Christ, Larry Hill, claimed that he received messages and visions from God to prepare his followers for the Great War. Before potential followers could join Larry Hill’s church he carefully screened them. Once he accepted them, though, they became his chosen flock and trapped under his rule. Fear and intimidation kept his members from leaving the farm. Although Larry Hill preached fire and brimstone sermons against drinking, drugs and adultery, he carried around with him, his own supply of alcohol, and freely indulged in unlawful sexual activity.

Weekly meetings were held to announce member’s infractions and to dole out punishments. Mental, physical, and sexual abuse were the norm on Fortney Road farm.

This book clearly exposes the horrors of being trapped in a religious cult. I had to put the book down several times to ease the horrendous mental pictures that played in my head. But, it’s a story that needs to be told. Kudos to Jeff Stevenson for crafting such an extraordinarily well-written, and well-researched book. Warm thank you’s to everyone who bravely came forth and told their stories. Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Campervan Kama Sutra* by John Perrier

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Campervan Kama Sutra is a true story about the author and his family’s trip through Australia’s outback countryside. The book reads like an extended travel blog, of the events, mishaps and funny incidences that happened along the way. I enjoyed learning about Australia, road-trip style, as well as reading about the family’s wacky adventures.

I found this book well-written and humorous. If you enjoy reading about travel adventures, then Campervan Kama Sutra is the book for you.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Tears of My Life* by Philip Gbormittah

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Tears of My Life is a coming of age memoir about a young man growing up in Ghana. The story tells of Kofi’s poverty, both monetary and spiritual. The book describes Kofi’s disappointments in life, his loneliness, and his young loves. Tears of My Life is an interesting story about Kofi’s spiritual journey, the pitfalls in his life and his near brush with suicide.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover