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From Misery To Ministry

From Misery To Ministry

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by Mary T. Sorrendino
This book is a memoir by a certified addictions counselor who suffered sexual and severe verbal abuse by her parents, addictive behaviors, and self-loathing growing up in Central New York. She recounts how she became a Christian and how she was eventually healed of all the hurts and betrayals of her parents to go on to obtain a Master's Degree and be in a position to


This book is a memoir by a certified addictions counselor who suffered sexual and severe verbal abuse by her parents, addictive behaviors, and self-loathing growing up in Central New York. She recounts how she became a Christian and how she was eventually healed of all the hurts and betrayals of her parents to go on to obtain a Master's Degree and be in a position to help others with similar backgrounds.

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From Misery To Ministry 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells an amazing story of an individual who endured unimaginable abuse from those who were supposed to love and protect her. She personally demonstrates the grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father. She didn't turn her back on her abusers....she forgave and loved, just like our Heavenly Father forgives and loves us. Could not put this book down until I finished reading the entire book. It is definitely a book to re-read and share with others.
wili315 More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading Mary's book. It arrived in my mailbox at 1pm and I had read shortly after midnight. I could not put it down. I have known Mary for about 25 years, and when I was told that she wrote a book, my first reaction was...."are you sure we are talking about the same person?" Mary had shared pieces of her story when we worked together some 15 years ago, but I had no idea that she struggled so, even as we worked side by side. I knew she never graduated from High School so I was quite surprised when I heard that she actually wrote a book. I immediately knew I had to read it. It does make sense when I look back on those times. She was very meek, mild, and quiet, unless of course I "ruffled her feathers" just to a rise out of her. Then she would come ALIVE and could get quite feisty. I loved to tease her. However, there was one thing I always encountered when I was around her ... and that was here sincerity and LOVE. Love for God and love for people. Especially dear to her were the downtrodden and marginalized. I never saw her put anyone down and she was always kind to everyone, even if they were not kind to her. God bestowed a wondrous capacity to Love upon Mary, the likes of which I have only seen in one or two people my entire life of 53 years. What makes that gift even more wondrous today -- is the fact that she had that gift, exhibited it, and lavished it on others, all the while she suffered so, internally. Yes, I knew she had some issues, but never did I imagine the depth and breadth of her very difficult life. To be able rise above all that took tremendous courage and strength. I am sure there are very few on earth, against such tremendous odds and mental anguish, who would be able to rise above it all. It is truly hard for me to fathom. As you read her story, it will sadden you. Then it will amaze you. You may even shed a tear or two, as I did. Then it will encourage all of you, especially those who suffer from abuse, neglect and mental anguish. They will see the reality of the Hope and strength that comes only from trusting Jesus Christ. This book is truly a testament of one woman's life long struggle with her demons and the triumph over them. Mary knows and shows us that it is only possible when we CHOOSE to cooperate with the grace of Almighty God. Mary, I am so very proud of you. Thank you for sharing your MISERY with us, so that you can MINISTER to others. May God bless you and keep you, this day and always. Your friend in Christ, Bill O'Brien
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary tells the story of the verbal, sexual, and emotional abuse that she endured while growing up in an open and honest manner. Early on in the book, the strength and resilience that Mary possesses become evident, and the reader wants to keep reading on to learn how Mary deals with the people and situations that she faces. People of all different faiths and backgrounds will find Mary's memoir to be an inspirational and worthwhile read.
lg139 More than 1 year ago
Misery to Ministry Powerful and Painfully Honest A must read for therapists and clients (especially adolescents). An unbelievable journey through the insanity of emotional and sexual abuse. To Hell and back. This story articulates the grip that parents (or significant adults) have on our perceptions of self and others and everything else we do. A description of the creation of pathology from within the victim. A blatantly honest and scary voyage from this misery to serving others with amazing insight, infinite patience and empathy towards their struggles. Highlights and explains the importance of spirituality and our fellow humans in reconnecting to reality and providing the means to overcome such devastating obstacles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary tells a story that many people have lived through, but are afraid to share with others. She puts her life out there to help others heal from their pain and hurt.
GavinL More than 1 year ago
I simply could not put this book down! Mary Sorrendino's memoirs are powerful in every way, and SO worth telling. I am absolutely convinced that this book will positively change the lives of those that choose to read it - and I count myself among them. Speaking personally, this book has afforded me a MUCH greater appreciation for those that struggle with desperately unsupported childhoods and the knock-on effects of that every single day. Having been lucky enough to not experience such troubles firsthand, do I really understand? Of course not -- it would be extremely presumptuous of me to think that I did -- but Misery to Ministry has opened a candid and honest window into the lives of people dealing with these hurdles. And that, I think, will translate into improved tolerance and understanding on my part when it is needed. The book also grants some really interesting insights into how the one's faith might develop over time. I may not share the same beliefs or convictions of the author, but that in no way diminishes the relevance of both the spiritual journey and the support structure that stems from it described herein to any reader. There must be a million autobiographies out there that talk about how struggling individuals found a way to succeed despite their troubled upbringings, so what sets this book apart in my mind? Most memoirs seem ultimately to be centered fully on the individual doing the telling. With "Misery to Ministry" the author is obviously the "common thread" that gives the book its structure, but I have never read a LESS self-centered autobiography! Mary's ability to find success with her academic and career goals is just amazing, yet there is not a single word in the book that comes off as boastful. Sheer honesty and candid thankfulness shine through at every step. For me, the power in this book comes from Mary's approach of reaching out to all those influences in her past -- both positive and negative -- and recognizing the value and effect of each. Incredible stuff! As the blurb on the dust jacket states, these memoirs are written for anyone suffering the same self-loathing and substance-abuse troubles that the author herself worked through, but I think the book's usefulness falls far beyond that initial scope. I maintain that this work is a relevant, eye-opening and positive read for everyone in today's society. I would give it six stars if the rating system allowed it! - Gavin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story keeps you interested from beginning to end the kind of book you do not want to put down. Some of my friends read it and they all felt the same way. Definally worth the read I recommend it
Dream32 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, inspirational read. I read this book in two days!!! The awsome memoir of a sexually abused substance addicted young woman who overcame all of her fears and obstacles to help others. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This memoir does an excellent job of letting the reader closely experience the author's childhood abuse with its far-reaching effects. Overcoming these effects, she has created an informative, inspirational work. The Christian content is non-denominational and accessable on many levels. Ms. Sorrendino obviously chose to include a very unique writing style which illustrates the learning disabilities caused/exacerbated by abuse. She has written a book that draws you in from the first paragraph and doesn't let go! Excellent read!
DDeHart More than 1 year ago
I read this book cover to cover in two sittings. I highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling with anything past or present as the Lord will bring you from misery to ministry.
RondasGarden More than 1 year ago
What a blessing! Read the book from cover to cover last night, I couldn't put it down. I am buying three more for my nieces. Mary was brave to put the truth out there for everyone to see and readers will come away with renewed strength from her story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great and inspirational story! I will start off by saying this would be a great Life Time Movie. This is a story of a very strong women and her family and how they over came every obstacle set before them. She will inspire many to never give and continue to fight to live and lead the best life possible. She has showed us how faith, grace and mercy can help you overcome so of your worst fears. I was able to get through this book in a matter of days. Couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. This is a book that you can learn something new every time you read it. Great Book to add to your collect. Would like to Thank Mary and her family for sharing their story, which will help me be the best that I can be. 
schiavone1 More than 1 year ago
Mary's book is an inspiration to anyone whether they had a bad childhood or not. There are all kinds of lessons learned. I grew up with Mary and saw how she and here sister were picked on but always felt that they were very special to me and I felt very connected with them. I always looked up to Mary and Toni and felt that they were smarter than people gave them credit for. Knowing now, after reading Mary's book, the deep inner secrets of her private family life, I can look back then and see how God has always protected her and her siblings from all that hurt that was put into their lives. I look at Mary as being brave and strong in faith that raised her high above. I admire her for all the love, courage, compassion and empathy that she has and alway had and never realized it until she accepted God into her life. I wish nothing but the very best in your life Mary. May God Bless you and I love you forever. I am so very proud of you-----Kathy
Esther77 More than 1 year ago
Mary went through a gamut of various types of abuse, but the Lord was really setting her up for victory and all in the name of Jesus! I was really impressed with the work she put into her memoir. It was very sensory detailed as if you were right there next to her expriencing both traumatic and miraculous events in her life. If anyone is currently experiencing backlashes from their childhood misery, let Mary take you on a journey of her unforgettable tale of woe to her now present saving grace in her own ministry.
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