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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Heartbreaking but inspiring at the same time!

    If I had just a handful of words to describe this book, they'd be: powerful, heartbreaking, inspiring, and unputdownable. Hollingshead's writing is incredible. If I were in charge of handing out awards, one would be heading his way. His book is incredibly moving. It just resonates with feeling and emotion. The mood might be dark. The ending bittersweet, but oh-what-a-book.I found the author¿s many ¿tests of faith¿ as both overwhelmingly sad and deeply touching. Bit by bit, Hollingshead reveals the depths of psychological and physical abuse that have held him captive. His voice is prematurely aged; vivid but never graphic, some details of the abuse perfectly capture the way in which he has normalized his situation while still recognizing the truth. Some parts are incredibly disturbing but it is life as many people in the world know it and one that we others who have not experienced it, can not comprehend. Hollingshead provides no easy answers nor a happy resolution, although the ending provides a sense of release and the ¿key¿ that will allow him to heal despite the deep embedded scars. Although the writing is beautiful in every way, the story as a whole is not. It is harsh and ugly and because of that it is utterly real. This is our society and unfortunately, this story is part of the actual norm. We only hear of the sad endings in the news but for once, it is good to see that there is good when we choose HIM for ourselves.Our past can not be changed but when we choose HIM, we choose to be set free and released from the heavy chains that once held us down with zero hope. WE cease to exist and start to LIVE!

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