A worthy companion for those looking for support during the grieving process.

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ONE WOMAN'S JOURNEY TO FINDING HERSELF

This inspiring debut memoir of one woman’s journey through grief shows how new beginnings can arise at unexpected times.

After the devastating loss of her father in February 2010, Montgomery writes, she felt like a shadow of her former self. Unable to imagine a life without her dad, she found herself falling into a deep depression. What she never anticipated, however, was a life-changing epiphany that would radically alter her worldview—that those that we love are never really gone: “I knew in my heart that my dad was still there with all of us, if only in a different way.” This simple realization quickly became a catalyst for what she felt was a more purposeful life—she later left a career at a nonprofit to work as a life coach—and it allowed her to find herself in the process. Rather than let overwhelming sadness destroy her, the author writes, she found a renewed faith in God: “This is my story of taking loss and living more fully despite it.” Indeed, loss takes on many forms throughout Montgomery’s life, including heartbreak and divorce. Her strong faith was not easily won, she notes, but she emphasizes the importance of having an open heart. In this book, Montgomery aims to remind others that the death of a loved one can be an invitation to live a richer, more satisfying existence, and she brings a courageous tone to the concepts of loss and grief. Overall, the author’s style is both intimate and revealing; readers will feel as if they’re having a one-on-one conversation with a warm and supportive friend. Inspiring poems by others are scattered throughout, including Oriah Mountain Dreamer’s famous work “The Invitation.” Also included is a small collection of prayers for different circumstances, meant to guide readers toward healing and forgiveness. An invigorating feeling of empowerment is evident throughout, even in the choices of chapter titles: Chapter 7, for example, is called “Kick F-E-A-R to the C-U-R-B.”

A worthy companion for those looking for support during the grieving process.

Pub Date: Nov. 8, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-982214-10-4

Page Count: 204

Publisher: BalboaPress

Review Posted Online: May 9, 2019

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An eye-opening glimpse into the attempted self-unmaking of one of Hollywood’s most recognizable talents.

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The debut memoir from the pop and fashion star.

Early on, Simpson describes the book she didn’t write: “a motivational manual telling you how to live your best life.” Though having committed to the lucrative deal years before, she “walked away,” fearing any sort of self-help advice she might give would be hypocritical. Outwardly, Simpson was at the peak of her success, with her fashion line generating “one billion dollars in annual sales.” However, anxiety was getting the better of her, and she admits she’d become a “feelings addict,” just needing “enough noise to distract me from the pain I’d been avoiding since childhood. The demons of traumatic abuse that refused to let me sleep at night—Tylenol PM at age twelve, red wine and Ambien as a grown, scared woman. Those same demons who perched on my shoulder, and when they saw a man as dark as them, leaned in to my ear to whisper, ‘Just give him your light. See if it saves him…’ ” On Halloween 2017, Simpson hit rock bottom, and, with the intervention of her devoted friends and husband, began to address her addictions and underlying fears. In this readable but overlong narrative, the author traces her childhood as a Baptist preacher’s daughter moving 18 times before she “hit fifth grade,” and follows her remarkable rise to fame as a singer. She reveals the psychological trauma resulting from years of sexual abuse by a family friend, experiences that drew her repeatedly into bad relationships with men, most publicly with ex-husband Nick Lachey. Admitting that she was attracted to the validating power of an audience, Simpson analyzes how her failings and triumphs have enabled her to take control of her life, even as she was hounded by the press and various music and movie executives about her weight. Simpson’s memoir contains plenty of personal and professional moments for fans to savor.

An eye-opening glimpse into the attempted self-unmaking of one of Hollywood’s most recognizable talents.

Pub Date: Feb. 4, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-06-289996-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Dey Street/HarperCollins

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An engrossing memoir as well as a lively treatise on what extraordinary grace under extraordinary pressure looks like.

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The former first lady opens up about her early life, her journey to the White House, and the eight history-making years that followed.

It’s not surprising that Obama grew up a rambunctious kid with a stubborn streak and an “I’ll show you” attitude. After all, it takes a special kind of moxie to survive being the first African-American FLOTUS—and not only survive, but thrive. For eight years, we witnessed the adversity the first family had to face, and now we get to read what it was really like growing up in a working-class family on Chicago’s South Side and ending up at the world’s most famous address. As the author amply shows, her can-do attitude was daunted at times by racism, leaving her wondering if she was good enough. Nevertheless, she persisted, graduating from Chicago’s first magnet high school, Princeton, and Harvard Law School, and pursuing careers in law and the nonprofit world. With her characteristic candor and dry wit, she recounts the story of her fateful meeting with her future husband. Once they were officially a couple, her feelings for him turned into a “toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder.” But for someone with a “natural resistance to chaos,” being the wife of an ambitious politician was no small feat, and becoming a mother along the way added another layer of complexity. Throw a presidential campaign into the mix, and even the most assured woman could begin to crack under the pressure. Later, adjusting to life in the White House was a formidable challenge for the self-described “control freak”—not to mention the difficulty of sparing their daughters the ugly side of politics and preserving their privacy as much as possible. Through it all, Obama remained determined to serve with grace and help others through initiatives like the White House garden and her campaign to fight childhood obesity. And even though she deems herself “not a political person,” she shares frank thoughts about the 2016 election.

An engrossing memoir as well as a lively treatise on what extraordinary grace under extraordinary pressure looks like.

Pub Date: Nov. 13, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6313-8

Page Count: 448

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Nov. 30, 2018

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