Mini Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover #Book Review #Educated #Audible

Educated

By Tara Westover

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This book captivated me! I listened to it on Audible and don’t have a very detailed review for it, but I highly recommend this one.

Tara grew up with her family of survivalists in the mountains of Idaho without a formal education, connection to society, or doctors. Her parents didn’t want the children in public schools and chose to remain hidden from the ‘evil’ government. They kept busy preparing for the end of days.

Educated is an incredible story and it’s written very well. It was emotional and hard to read at times, but I found myself truly enthralled from beginning to end. This book actually reminded me of The Glass Castle in some ways, but this was even more extreme.

The biggest takeaway for me is that Tara, even with all the backwardness of her upbringing and the abuse she endured, develops a love for learning and moves on to get a PhD from Cambridge. It’s thought-provoking.

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Book Review: Alice in Worcestershire: Brummie girls do cry by Eskay Teel #BookReview #AliceInWorcestershire #EskayTeel #Memoir

Alice in Worcestershire: Brummie girls do cry by Eskay Teel

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Alice in Worcestershire is a memoir about a young girl from the UK who’s a troubled teen or “beyond parental control” as her mother and the authorities categorize her. It’s the 1970s, and around the age of twelve she’s taken from home and sent to a home for troubled teens–not against her will either. Even with six other siblings, she couldn’t wait to get away from her mother because of the extreme hate they have for one another. After being sent away she spends time on the streets among dangerous situations and gets herself into a predicament no thirteen-year-old should ever have to experience.

We started to walk down the steps as two of the men began approaching us and talking about another party. We were both answering, trying to sound cool and light-hearted, saying that no, we were going home. We carried on moving, but by the time we got to the bottom of the steps without running and acting like fools — they each had a hand on our elbows guiding us away across the road.

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Book Review: Breakthrough: The Miraculous True Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection #BookReview #Christian #Breakthrough #TrueStories

Breakthrough: The Miraculous True Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection

By Joyce Smith

(Previously published as The Impossible)

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My thoughts:

Talk about a page-turner! This true story is one that had me from beginning to end. My review will likely contain a few spoilers.

In 2015, on a cold winter day, Joyce Smith’s fourteen-year-old son was visiting with friends and was involved in an accident that resulted in death. After being rushed to the hospital with no response, the doctors were ready to give up. It had been nearly an hour and likely impossible that John’s body could live after such a catastrophic accident. The events that transpire afterward are nothing short of a miracle.

John was such a lucky boy with a strong support system, not just from family, but from his church and community as well. There’s a lot of positivity surrounding him, especially from his mother Joyce. I admired Joyce’s strength as she never seemed to lose faith (despite all the negativity), even when some people around her were breaking. Many would agree: It does appear that because of God’s miraculous abilities to heal, her son is alive and well today. Was it all the power of prayer? Did God really heal John? The doctors can’t explain it, and he wasn’t the only one to experience a miracle those few weeks in 2015.

This was actually recommended to me by my local librarian who also ordered the movie which releases on DVD this week. I was compelled to read the book because it seemed like it might involve a near death experience, which is a subject I enjoy studying. This was different from my expectations, but the story still had me captivated. I thought it was written really well too.

I found some parts in the story hard to read when it came to their struggles with some of the more difficult and controlling members of the medical community. After having some of these same problems when my daughter was in a teaching hospital, this book reminded me just how arduous those obstacles were. I also found myself asking the same questions others asked in the end: Why does God answer some prayers and not others? Was John just lucky? You’ll have to read it to see what you think.

This book is the media tie in edition which includes pictures from the movie, but also real pictures of Joyce and her family as well. There are many Bible verses throughout which I enjoyed studying. Even if you aren’t a Christian, the story is one to read, and it may open your eyes. I highly recommend it.

5*****

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Book Review: My Love Story by Tina Turner #BookReview #MyLoveStory #Memoir

My Love Story

By Tina Turner

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My thoughts on this book:

My Love Story by Tina Turner can be categorized as one of my favorite memoirs of 2019. I just finished it this week and I’m so happy I picked it up. I read it word for word from beginning to end and enjoyed every single minute of it.

Tina Turner has been a massive inspiration to me since I was a young child. I love everything about her, yet early on knew nothing about her past struggles. Thinking back to some of her earliest music videos on MTV, particularly one of my favorites, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, I fell in love with her voice, her style, her positivity, her fierceness–pretty much everything. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome became a favorite 80’s film; I thought her performance as Auntie Entity was fantastic. Her music and inspiration still remains a part of me today.

“And you know what I say to people who ask, “What do you do when all the odds are against you?” I say, “You keep going. You just don’t stop. No matter, if there’s one slap to the face, turn the other cheek. And the hurt you’re feeling? You can’t think about what’s being done to you now, or what has been done to you in the past. You just have to keep going.”

In this memoir, Tina Turner shares her recent history, beginning with her happy marriage to long-time boyfriend Erwin Bach in 2013. She also reflects on parts of her past: exposing times from her childhood in Nutbush, Tennessee as Anna May Bullock, the beginning of her career, her marriage to Ike Turner (including the abuse she endured), and how she finally got away and started creating her own music–on her own terms. She also writes about health problems she’s experienced (which I knew nothing about) and the friendships that she’s made over time. After watching the film What’s Love Got to Do with It when it first released, I was shocked with all that Tina had gone through. I appreciated that she shared her true thoughts regarding the movie in this book because I always wondered how accurate it was. Honestly, there’s so much more in this book! Some of her darkest times are revealed. Parts of it are incredibly sad, especially the ending which brought me to tears. After it all…how wonderful that Tina was able to find true love and then to experience her fairy tale wedding. It’s heartwarming.

I enjoyed the writing and organization of the book. Many pictures are shared in multiple sections (the vast majority I’d never seen). Once I started reading it, I simply didn’t want to put it down. This book is everything I wanted it to be.

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