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Holding Her Head High: Inspiration from 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Needs a new title

    I'm not really sure how to feel about this book. I do think that Turner should have chosen another title. Holding Her Head High implies to me that these women had reason to be ashamed of their single motherhood. Of the biographies I read (I didn't finish the last three), only one woman meets that criteria - and there were extenuating circumstances in her case as well (her abusive husband wouldn't grant her a divorce, so she left anyway and later lived with another man). That said, these women do have amazing stories to tell, and their lives can be used to encourage many women. While the stories are interesting, the writing is rough. Turner learned the English grammar lesson that a series is 'three or more things' well and EVERYTHING is 'point A, point B, and point C'. Many of her turns of phrase are awkward, and I found myself having to reread sentences to figure out exactly what she meant. Still, Turner makes her point with these stories, and the book would make a good study for a women's Bible group.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2008

    Every Mother Should Read This Book!

    Holding Her Head High is an inspirational book that lifts up every mother, single or married, who ever felt alone and challenged by circumstances beyond her control. Janine Turner, herself a single mother, reaches back through time to bring us well researched, intimate portraits of 12 amazing women who lovingly raised their children through faith and determination, and 'found their wings' along the way, changing history! The portraits Janine paints will stay with you long after you turn the last page, to be called up at will during trying times. Janine not only chronicles these women's lives, she highlights valuable lessons to be learned from each, and intersperses their stories with personal insights on her life as a single mother. This book will make a wonderful Mother's Day gift for any mother, and its historical accounts are just in time for Women's History Month in March! I suggest you buy at least two - one for yourself and one to give away!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    A subject that is rarely written about.

    A rare subject not often written about and this one is EXCELLENT. Not too often have I seen books written about single mothers and the plight that these inspirational women endured to make it in life. Janine's words are inviting and I couldn't put the book down. She describes even the most poor and vulnerable women who somehow had the courage and the strength to buck the norm and raise children who contributed to society in many valuable ways. The charm of this book is, it was written so all woman of all walks of life could relate to it. The fact that she undertook such a huge but under written subject is amazing. Janine just proves that her mountains in life are the same mountains that we as women all face in our life. How many people knew about Christine Pisan, the strength of Harriet Jacobs a slave women and Belva Lockwood the first woman to practice in the Supreme Court and run for the highest office in the land and years before The Women's Sufferage Act of 1921...amazing. These women deserve to be praised for their contributions not only to society but also for the trail they blazed for all of us. I'm glad Janine, a single mother herself, was able to take time to read about these amazing women in history and put it in her own words as seen through her own eyes from her own experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    Turner's Celebration of Motherhood!

    Janine Turner's first book deals with a subject near and dear to her heart: Motherhood and specifically Single Motherhood! Her tales of single moms through history is enlightening, empowering, and frankly fascinating. From Helena Augusta to Belva Lockwood, she shows that the trials, tribulations and triumphs of being a single mom is not a new phenomenon. Janine takes us on an historic journey and we also see a whole new side of the gal we'll always think of as Maggie on TV's 'Northern Exposure!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2008

    Gives hope when it seems all hope may be lost

    I am convinced that Ms. Turner has been truly blessed with a gift that gives hope and inspiration with her writing. This Book has the power to lift you up when you feel at your lowest. Be it that you are a single parent through choice or circumstance, this book shows that with the love of God, you can withstand all of the odds to be the parent and person that God has planned. Thank You MS. Turner for sharing these stories with us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

    A reviewer

    After reading some of the online pages available for preview, I can tell this is a book I'm gonna really enjoy. Having to handle all the responsibilities for raising two young children after a divorce is more than I can take sometimes. Thank you Janine for writing this book. Single Mom's like me need this kind of encouragement that what we're going really can make a difference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2008

    I cried

    Each storie touched me. As a woman who has gone through divorce and seen first hand the struggles of a single mother I could relate to each story. I thank Janine for having the courage and fortitude to make sure that theses stories are heard and hopefully they will inspire others as they have me. As a long time fan of Ms. Turner she continuously amazes me with her versatility. Thank you and please don't stop doing what you think is right.

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