Friday, January 6, 2012

Review: When Ties Break by Margaret Norton

When Ties Break by Margaret Norton

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services 
Pages: 204 
Format: ebook 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  The day of my father's funeral, my brother expelled me from the family as my other family members stood by and did nothing. He was right about one thing. I had made some bad choices for which I would pay dearly. Divorce, abuse, abortion, excommunication, chronic illness, homelessness, death, bankruptcy, sibling rivalry, adultery, single parenthood, drug addiction, low self-esteem, depression—some people suffer from one or several of these in their life; others deal with them daily. What makes the story in When Ties Break different, exceptional, and inspirational is that the author has lived through each one of these challenging, sometimes terrifying problems. Through God's help and her own courage and perseverance, Margaret not only thrived after loss but came out on top with a new energy, a renewed spirit, and a sense of worth.

Kritters Thoughts:  Some may call this book depressing, but I found this book to be a real story that shows that life isn't always all about roses and reminded me that roses have thorns.  A memoir written by Margaret Norton that takes you on the journey of her life through great loves and great tragedy, but she always looked to a higher power to help guide her back to a life that is centered around him.  Whether you are a person of faith or not, this book isn't a preachy hit you in the face, instead it is a story where a person finds her faith to falter and yet keeps moving forward.

Norton has endured everything that a person can name when it comes to the tragedy list.  Although at times I couldn't believe what happened in her life and wanted to be the friend that said STOP and just be single and happy; I kept reading to find out if she would find happiness in the end.  What I found to be most uplifting was that she didn't JUST rely on God to pull her through life, but with God worked to find what was to be her next step after bankruptcy, divorce, the loss of a parent and it goes on and on.  She looked for the next door, while God was providing it.  

If you are at a low point after the new year has begun, this may not be the one to pick up just yet, but if you are in the middle of healing from pain - this could be the one to remind you that everyone has a heartache at one point in their life.  

Rating:  definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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