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How I Made the Angels Cry
     

How I Made the Angels Cry

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by Meleisa Betts
 

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Molly is a woman who has lived the equivalent of two lifetimes, a life filled with at times hardship, struggle, triumphs but many challenges, sometimes of near epic proportions. In spite of this, she has never backed away from a situation or conflict despite the consequences, many of which have been enormous and there were great prices to be paid. This memoir, "How I

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Molly is a woman who has lived the equivalent of two lifetimes, a life filled with at times hardship, struggle, triumphs but many challenges, sometimes of near epic proportions. In spite of this, she has never backed away from a situation or conflict despite the consequences, many of which have been enormous and there were great prices to be paid. This memoir, "How I Made the Angels Cry" is her struggle with spirituality, sexuality, corruption, injustice, and murder.

"Meleisa Betts has written a soul-searching memoir in order to release her demons, and the depression associated with personal trauma. With her narrative, therapeutic approach, she emancipates herself and her readers--taking us from desperation to inspiration. What a liberating ride!"

--Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant, Multimedia Psychologist, Contributing Relationship Expert, Essence Magazine, and author of "The Best Kind of Loving"

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ISBN-13:
9780615290508
Publisher:
Neighborhood Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
0.52(w) x 5.00(h) x 8.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meleisa Betts has written a soul-searching memoir in order to release her demons, and the depression associated with personal trauma. With her narrative, therapeutic approach, she emancipates herself and her readers--taking us from desperation to inspiration. What a liberating ride! --Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant, Multimedia Psychologist, Contributing Relationship Expert, Essence magazine, and author of The Best Kind of Loving

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How I Made the Angels Cry 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
(Official Apex Reviews Rating: 4.5 Stars) "Life to me is not like a box of chocolates, life is a Pandora's Box filled with `what if's.' It doesn't matter how rich you are or how poor you are, you going to go through hell in some form or fashion unless you are just plain lucky." Molly Bell claims to have done two lifetimes' worth of living in her short time on Earth, and, by all accounts, such a remark is a stark understatement. Born and raised in the one-horse town of Marionville, Alabama, she quickly gets used to enjoying a life a relative privilege; her father, the town's largest employer, provides the family with many luxuries and pleasures that others would literally kill to obtain, fostering in Molly a strong sense of pride - and near conceit - early on. Of course, the flip side of her father's success is his numerous, careless dalliances with scores of women from all over the town, often leading to dangerous repercussions for Molly, her mother, and the rest of their family. Torn between her undying love for her mother and her subconscious emulation of her father's ways, Molly's life soon becomes a reflection of the emotional dichotomy that lingers within her. As such, she begins dating men simply for the superficial thrill of what they can do for her, all the while secretly desiring women for the very same thing - only in the sexual, not the material. At an early age, she becomes aware of her affinity toward women, and her struggles to reconcile the resulting moral conflict yield often disastrous results for her over the course of the various relationships into which she enters to scratch her ever-present sexual "itch." At their beginnings, each of her involvements seem to promise the ultimate spiritual deliverance for which she constantly prays, but they, without fail, only lead her further down the path of confusion, loneliness, and pain. Eventually, Molly begins to realize that only by searching within - rather than without - can she finally receive the peace for which she longs day in and day out. One would think that only a few episodes of heartbreak, rejection, and brutality would hasten such an epiphany, but Molly's tortuous journey toward ultimate truth serves as proof that the sojourn on the road to enlightenment - and the scope of its learning curve - truly varies from person to person. How I Made the Angles Cry is one of those rare, invaluable finds that must be celebrated and shared widely once discovered. In it, Meleisa Betts takes the reader on a literal emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows, with all the typical jerks, false starts, and sharp curves caught in-between. At times overwhelmingly heavy and sad, her tome nonetheless offers just the right amount of insight and hope to ensure the reader that, no matter how dark or gloomy the circumstances, light truly resides at the end of the tunnel, and ultimate victory over such circumstances is assured - as long as you keep pushing through the tough times. A stirring memoir of a life whose amazing story must be told and retold. Highly recommended. Heather Slocumb Apex Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In How I Made the Angels Cry by author Meleisa Betts, I was moved to an array of emotions as I read each page. Betts bares her soul in this powerful memoir. As I read, I felt anger, disbelief, laughter and hope because when anyone shares their truth in this manner (in a memoir), I am always hopeful that even if the person made bad decisions in their life, they will turn it around. Told in one very long telephone conversation with a best friend, Betts shares her life story and is able to do this in a very tactful manner in 228 pages. Readers will not be able to put this one down and by the last page, you will thank God for Betts' life. She's had an incredible journey and is living proof that what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. Meleisa, thanks for keeping it "real" so that readers everywhere will understand that life isn't always but when you shine the light on any darkness, it loses its power over us. Thanks so much for sharing your (personal) story. My prayer is that others will learn powerful life lessons from your memoir. Continue to share your truth! Shunda Leigh BOOKING MATTERS www.bookingmatters.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By Babes on Books Bookclub "MissyT" (Alabama) - See all my reviews This is such a compelling and gripping account of the authors life. It's all there, the journey though childhood which explains her amazing relationship with her mother, the events that led up to the horrific accounts of rape and injustice. Her fall from Grace which led her to occult practices due to lack of faith and conviction. Her journey into self discovery and love of self while reclaiming her love for God. But this narrative was more than just a account of the authors' life. It was also a form of therapy. The writing of this book offered a chanel to convey messages about abuse, sexuality, and murder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you saw gray shadows at night? Would you run and hide? Do you think you could ignore their presence? What if the shadows talked to you and wanted you to do something for them? I don't know what I would do, but just like Molly Betts, I am sure that I would sleep with the lights on at night too. How I made the Angels Cry, is a very compassionate story. Meleisa Betts aka (Molly) takes you on an unfinished life journey experience that begins with her own demons inside of her, ailing to come out. Born with feelings that she was afraid of yet could not resist, she eventually gave in and lived the life of searching for love by way of other women. Haunted by her dominating Fathers selfishly & dangerous bad habits she sought the arms of many from loving and hurting her male best friends to sneaking and sleeping with a longtime family enemy. Molly went from feeling shame of her attractions towards women to getting any woman that she wanted including those that bedded her own cheating father. Molly was a very troubled young lady wanting to do what's right in life she married several times trying to run away from the turmoil within, looking towards men to provide her the things that her wealthy father wouldn't. Her attraction towards men, (if I may read between the lines) were stability and to recaptured the lack of love and attention that her father was to busy cheating to give her. Her gullible ways of turning the other cheek and trusting another only continued to backfire in her face as she is financially ripped off twice. And just like when she was young and new that she couldn't win, Molly refused to back down even if the fight was unfair. (All I have to say is if you step on her toes you best be very careful, because this chick may be small, but she will not be bullied). Through an unfortunate job-related experience, Molly was linked and weaved into a platonic relationship with nothing more than a con "Thomas" and his wife Phyllis that was an unwanted midnight guest into Molly's bedroom, pushing her buttons to find her right due-justice. Molly began to take a look into things a little deeper than most would, doing what she thought was right (solving a crime). I find this book to be a powerhouse of pain, suffering, embarrassment, spiritual battle and injustice. If you every meet Molly Betts in person, you couldn't even imagine her doing or even enduring the beatings that she took in this book, the temperament she took out on love ones, the miss-treatment at work. Not knowing who you are and why you are the way that you are can cause any one to walk on the wrong pathways or should I say danger zones. Good job Meleisa Betts, I really enjoyed your story. Reviewed by: Tangelika Bolen Author of Sensation and Justifiable Behavior
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By Mashawn Mickels "CO-Owner & President of SBS ... (Columbus, GA USA) - See all my reviews Meleisa Betts story "How I Made The Angels Cry" is one in which I find very inspiring. She tells a number of stories that many can relate to. Some you've may have even found yourself in once upon a time. Either way, as I was reading it, I felt the pain, the sorrow and even the anger or upset. She went through a number of situtions that would have the average person thinking about and/or trying to kill themselves. But as you read it you see how even at each and every failed turn she made, she continued to move foward. While going throught the various struggles of what we call life, she learned how to become faithful and stay faithful. The former being eaiser than the latter. But as you read it, you see how she did indeed stay faithful. Great read. Thanks for sharing Meleisa!!!!
Haulston More than 1 year ago
This book was so good. Wow! I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. When I started reading it I couldn't stop. There were so many different stories but I could relate to a few. I will pass this on to my friends. Thank you Mellisa Betts for such an amazing journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Molly is a woman who never has a dull moment! HOW I MADE THE ANGELS CRY takes the reader on a roller coaster ride filled with many ups, downs, twists and turns. It is almost unfathomable to think one woman can lead a life fraught with so much soul-searching. Her drama-filled life definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. Molly's story has moments of happiness, sadness, craziness and madness. Betts did an excellent job of sharing not only her life, but also her life's lessons. Betts has the makings of a great writer with this debut work. Reviewed by Marcia Brevard Wynn for The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By David A. Jackson - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) I read this book in one sitting. This book was well written. It took me on an emotional roller-coaster ride. I am not a big fan of memoirs, however-after reading Ms. Betts personal journey, the next book I read will be a memoir. I felt touched by the honesty of Ms. Betts as she gave a bird's eye view of her fantastic and amazing journey. Ms. Betts was very intimate and pulled no punches in expressing her feelings in that experience. At times, I laughed when she was vividly describing her characters physical attributes. I felt sad in her painful telling of her experiences especially when she was raped. I admire her bravery and courage to boldly stand up and bounce back in light of that and many other painful experiences that she had to endure. I am looking forward to her next novel. Thank you Ms. Betts for opening up and sharing your life's experiences. I will strongly recommend this book to my beautiful wife, my family members, my co-workers, and my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By Michael A. Watford (Atlanta, GA) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) After reading this book it opened my eyes to the greatness of honesty and faith. This is a great book well written with lots of incredible stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone has a story, right? I would venture to say however that 99.9999% of the population has never lived a life that was even close to the life of Ms. Betts. If her words are any indication, her life has been one in which she has been lucky to have survived, much less come away with some semblamce of sanity. I doubt very seriously if any person of average temperamnet could have withstood the onslaught of events that have plagued her from the onset of her life. Rather than being self-indulgent and self-centered, this book seems to be a study in self-help through honesty and self-actualization. Think about it What do people do when talking to a psychiatrist? They reveal the inner truths of their lives openly and the counselor forces them to confront the demons which plague them. What a novel idea 'pardon the pun' to simply BE HONEST and tell the truth, however painful or brutal that truth may be. That kind of honest dialogue with oneself will not eliminate the need for a therapist for some but it could be a panacea for others. It just so happens that Ms. Betts is exorcizing her demons and the result is a compelling page-turner that captivates from beginning to end. It is raw, filled with sexual content and controversy but the end result is a book which literally hooks you with images and stories. Though it is nonfiction, it is so improbale that it reads like a fantasy or more accurately, a living nightmare or sorts. If the saying that 'life imitates art' is true then Ms. Betts book is abstract, like Picasso. A very well conceived and innovative take on a life story which serves,at least to a degree, as a self-help book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would recommend the book 100%.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At times it was a bit witty, even gruesomely funny, but always entertaining. I was hooked, line, and sinker from the first page. I found this book to be very well written. This book was so helpful to me. It has made me realize that I should'nt be ashame of being diagnose with depression. It enables people like myself to have understanding that we are not alone. It's ok to seek help. Reading this book has given me a boost of confidence, knowing that the author has blessed this world with her honesty. It has given me hope in reading. This is a personal story told with candor and grace, with the exception of a few choice words. Lee Carlson Voices Book Club
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
: This book is so good, I could not put it down. I have read it 3 times. This author really knows how to hook you with her writing. I bought this book because the cover was interesting. After I read it, I was breathless. You will be consumed. This story was very heart touching for me. This book will keep you entertained for hours. I am looking forward to the next one. I absolutely loved it! This author is an exuberant, vivacious, exceptionally strong woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
: This book was simply amazing from beginning to the end. I couldn't put the book down I was so into it. The author made me feel like I was watching a movie. I could see the settings in the book so clearly. I will definately tell all my friends to pick this book up. It is a must READ type of book!!! I loved it. Nia Baldwin RANDI Book Club Tulsa, Oklahoma
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"How I Made the Angels Cry" by Meleisa Betts is one of the most-intriguing memoirs I've read thus far. It's definitely a "must read" book recommended to all readers. Life has never been typical for Molly. "How I Made the Angels Cry" describes various hardships that she endures during life - sexuality, love and even murder. Faced with each situation, she learns to deal; yet she still remains faithful with her beliefs and is not only empowered as an individual but is strengthened as person. I am not a really a spiritual book reader, but I will definitely read more books in the future from Meleisa Betts - every word in this story was ultimately powerful. Excellent work! Reviewed by: Tekisha OOSA BOOK CLUB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading about someone's life especially a true story. I have never read anything else by this author but I will look out for her next book. Her compelling story kept my attention through out the book. What a life she has lived! Sonya Moses Houston Tx.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's amazing that the herione went through so much and survived with her senses intact. I suppose a woman got to do what a woman got to do. Theresa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down. Her voice, her technique, her ability to grab the reader and hold them is amazing. The telling of the story of her life is enthralling. I learned so much from Meleisa Batts: the importance of research, trusting your own instincts to make the right choices, and never giving up because you never know what's around the corner. Thanks Meleisa and keep those novels coming. By the way, when's your next book signing? I will be there. Wanda Lithonia Ga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great job telling your story Meleisa. I enjoyed reading your book. It shed some light on things I thought I knew about you, but never asked. You made me laugh and cry in telling your story. I remember some of the things that you mentioned actually happening or hearing people in the community talking about them. I applaud you for pouring out your heart and attempting to tell your lifes story. So many people have a desire to be writers or tell of their lifes journey, but they never take the time to bring it into fruition. You made your story a easy read and kept it interesting. I am proud of you and I look forward to reading your next novel. Gayle Larkins Atlanta, Ga.
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
"How I Made the Angels Cry" by Meleisa Betts is one of the most-intriguing memoirs I've read thus far. It's definitely a "must read" book recommended to all readers.

Life has never been typical for Molly. "How I Made the Angels Cry" describes various hardships that she endures during life - sexuality, love and even murder. Faced with each situation, she learns to deal; yet she still remains faithful with her beliefs and is not only empowered as an individual but is strengthened as person.

I am not a really a spiritual book reader, but I will definitely read more books in the future from Meleisa Betts - every word in this story was ultimately powerful. Excellent work!

Reviewed by: Tekisha
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading about someone's life especially a true story. I have never read anything else by this author but I will look out for her next book. Her compelling story kept my attention through out the book. What a life she has lived!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you saw gray shadows at night? Would you run and hide? Do you think you could ignore their presence? What if the shadows talked to you and wanted you to do something for them? I don¿t know what I would do, but just like Molly Betts, I am sure that I would sleep with the lights on at night too. How I made the Angels Cry, is a very compassionate story. Meleisa Betts aka 'Molly' takes you on an unfinished life journey experience that begins with her own demons inside of her, ailing to come out. Born with feelings that she was afraid of yet could not resist, she eventually gave in and lived the life of searching for love by way of other women. Haunted by her dominating Fathers selfishly & dangerous bad habits she sought the arms of many from loving and hurting her male best friends to sneaking and sleeping with a longtime family enemy. Molly went from feeling shame of her attractions towards women to getting any woman that she wanted including those that bedded her own cheating father. Molly was a very troubled young lady wanting to do what¿s right in life she married several times trying to run away from the turmoil within, looking towards men to provide her the things that her wealthy father wouldn¿t. Her attraction towards men, 'if I may read between the lines' were stability and to recaptured the lack of love and attention that her father was to busy cheating to give her. Her gullible ways of turning the other cheek and trusting another only continued to backfire in her face as she is financially ripped off twice. And just like when she was young and new that she couldn¿t win, Molly refused to back down even if the fight was unfair. 'All I have to say is if you step on her toes you best be very careful, because this chick may be small, but she will not be bullied'. Through an unfortunate job-related experience, Molly was linked and weaved into a platonic relationship with nothing more than a con ¿Thomas¿ and his wife Phyllis that was an unwanted midnight guest into Molly¿s bedroom, pushing her buttons to find her right due-justice. Molly began to take a look into things a little deeper than most would, doing what she thought was right 'solving a crime'. I find this book to be a powerhouse of pain, suffering, embarrassment, spiritual battle and injustice. If you every meet Molly Betts in person, you couldn¿t even imagine her doing or even enduring the beatings that she took in this book, the temperament she took out on love ones, the miss-treatment at work. Not knowing who you are and why you are the way that you are can cause any one to walk on the wrong pathways or should I say danger zones. Good job Meleisa Betts, I really enjoyed your story. Reviewed by: Tangelika Bolen Author of Sensation and Justifiable Behavior
Guest More than 1 year ago
How I Made The Angels Cry: A Memoir by Meleisa Betts. Asta, 205pp., $14.95. In this fictionalized memoir, Betts takes us on what feels like a thousand year journey. ¿What I¿m about to reveal is the honest truth in every conversation, situation and nightmare,¿ a promise Betts regrettably keeps throughout the book. The first two pages grab us with a sense of urgency and intrigue as Molly alludes to a murder. What follows chronicles Molly¿s life starting from childhood as a pampered child of a well-to-do family, in the small rural town of Marionville, Alabama, the exploration of her sexuality as a teenager and young adult using sex to get what she wants, and her repeated victimization as an adult. What of the murder alluded to in the beginning? One hundred and fifty pages later, it is revealed to be an allegation by an acquaintance whom Molly herself doesn¿t trust. The first half reads like a mishmash of sexual episodes serving as a link between childhood and adulthood. In the second half of the book Molly is conned by people contracted to provide services and turns to God and Voodoo practitioners to help her out of her jams. Too many mundane details clutter the prose and explanations are missing where necessary to orient the reader. Her quest for justice is tedious as she purports expertise of the law that is apparently lacking. The memoir reads as a poorly strung together conglomeration of life episodes without a central theme: one rambling recollection that lasted eleven hours. This might be an enjoyable read if the reader has no aversion to repeatedly suspending belief while thumbing the pages of this memoir. 2/5 stars Theresa S. Literary Lovers Book Club Atlanta, GA
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's amazing that the herione went through so much and survived with her senses intact. I suppose a woman got to do what a woman got to do. Theresa
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down. Her voice, her technique, her ability to grab the reader and hold them is amazing. The telling of the story of her life is enthralling. I learned so much from Meleisa Batts: the importance of research, trusting your own instincts to make the right choices, and never giving up because you never know what's around the corner. Thanks Meleisa and keep those novels coming. By the way, when's your next book signing? I will be there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Life to me is not like a box of chocolates, life is a Pandora¿s Box filled with `what if¿s.¿ It doesn¿t matter how rich you are or how poor you are, you going to go through hell in some form or fashion unless you are just plain lucky.¿ Molly Bell claims to have done two lifetimes¿ worth of living in her short time on Earth, and, by all accounts, such a remark is a stark understatement. Born and raised in the one-horse town of Marionville, Alabama, she quickly gets used to enjoying a life a relative privilege her father, the town¿s largest employer, provides the family with many luxuries and pleasures that others would literally kill to obtain, fostering in Molly a strong sense of pride - and near conceit - early on. Of course, the flip side of her father¿s success is his numerous, careless dalliances with scores of women from all over the town, often leading to dangerous repercussions for Molly, her mother, and the rest of their family. Torn between her undying love for her mother and her subconscious emulation of her father¿s ways, Molly¿s life soon becomes a reflection of the emotional dichotomy that lingers within her. As such, she begins dating men simply for the superficial thrill of what they can do for her, all the while secretly desiring women for the very same thing ¿ only in the sexual, not the material. At an early age, she becomes aware of her affinity toward women, and her struggles to reconcile the resulting moral conflict yield often disastrous results for her over the course of the various relationships into which she enters to scratch her ever-present sexual ¿itch.¿ At their beginnings, each of her involvements seem to promise the ultimate spiritual deliverance for which she constantly prays, but they, without fail, only lead her further down the path of confusion, loneliness, and pain. Eventually, Molly begins to realize that only by searching within ¿ rather than without ¿ can she finally receive the peace for which she longs day in and day out. One would think that only a few episodes of heartbreak, rejection, and brutality would hasten such an epiphany, but Molly¿s tortuous journey toward ultimate truth serves as proof that the sojourn on the road to enlightenment - and the scope of its learning curve ¿ truly varies from person to person. How I Made the Angles Cry is one of those rare, invaluable finds that must be celebrated and shared widely once discovered. In it, Meleisa Betts takes the reader on a literal emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows, with all the typical jerks, false starts, and sharp curves caught in-between. At times overwhelmingly heavy and sad, her tome nonetheless offers just the right amount of insight and hope to ensure the reader that, no matter how dark or gloomy the circumstances, light truly resides at the end of the tunnel, and ultimate victory over such circumstances is assured ¿ as long as you keep pushing through the tough times. A stirring memoir of a life whose amazing story must be told and retold. Highly recommended.