Grandma's Secret Blessings: A Memoir with a Twist

Grandma's Secret Blessings: A Memoir with a Twist

by JohnEgreek

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ISBN-13: 9781627470957
Publisher: Meta Home Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/06/2017
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 1,305,880
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.66(d)

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Grandma's Secret Blessings: A Memoir with a Twist 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
A life story told alongside life lessons… Grandma's Secret Blessings: A Memoir with a Twist, is a deeply personal and dramatic-memoir. It tells the story of Yianni’s life, family, troubles, and successes. Told from a mix of first and third-person viewpoints, it gives an interesting perspective on how a person develops character. Central to the book's theme are the secret blessings, which are a collection of inspirational messages, trans-cultural personal instructions, and existential aspirations. The book also has a number of lessons passed down by Yianni’s grandmother from the Greek oral tradition.  Yianni and his family are Greek in origin, and as such, they share a long history involving the oral transmission of stories. Over history, folk tales and legends were often performed by storytellers in front of audiences, including young children and even grown children, such as Yianni. This culture is present in the story as Yianni learns of his family history, reaching clear back to great-great-grandparents. This family history has personal ties back to Greece and Albania, much of it during a time of serious political and economic turmoil. Of course, those history lessons passed down to Yianni are also infused with Grandma’s life lessons for Yianni. This is all interspersed with Yianni’s own personal history, along with description for the way that these stories and lessons helped him. There are more than ten of grandma's secret blessings, many of which existing in some form in many different cultures and languages. However, what makes the lessons particularly powerful is that in Yianni's experience with his abusive father, Yianni explains that, “...it’s the only way to close the gaping hole in my heart.” Many of these secret blessings are a blessing in that they are a form of grace, protection, or favor for Yianni. “You are the captain of your own ship,” as an example, explains for Yianni that no matter what tosses you around and what terrible things may befall you, you still have control in your own life and life choices. This is how the book is a memoir “with a twist.” Grandma's Secret Blessings is not perfect in its presentation. For example, there are a number of typographical and grammatical errors, as well as punctuation mistakes that are distracting. However, these generally do not detract from the message and central themes of the story. In a way, it conveys the very essence of that oral tradition, which is sometimes imperfect and lost in translation. Grandma's Secret Blessings is intended for adult audiences. There are depictions of child and intimate partner abuse, discussions of sexuality and sexual behavior, and alcohol and drug abuse. These depictions are realistic in nature, contributing to the overall feel of the book and its weighty emotionality. Overall, even with the copy-editing errors, Grandma's Secret Blessings is a good read for those looking for emotional and inspirational literature.
ReadersFavorite 9 months ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite ‘A child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world.’ In Grandma's Secret Blessings: A Memoir with a Twist by John JohnEgreek, readers learn of the author's journey that will make them believe strongly in affirmations, prayers, and visualizations. His simple story of love for his grandmother throws light on Greek traditions and family life, his heritage, and gives insights about the traumas he carried as part of his ancestral and cultural lineage. The memoir, written as a tribute to his grandmother, is about self-healing, freedom, creativity, hope, courage, sorrow, secret blessings, and inspiration. Yianni - as his grandma called him - offers a story about the highs and lows of his life, and the role his grandma played in shaping him to be the person he is. The book takes readers into the author’s life and the twists and turns and the turbulent childhood he went through while growing up. It is heartrending to read about the author’s childhood of growing up feeling his father’s hatred for him, and the scars left behind because of that. Child abuse can be traumatizing for a child and can manifest in many ways. It is positive to note the spiritual strength John shares with his grandma, who plays an important role in his life. It is encouraging for readers to see the way in which the author overcomes the adversities in his life and is transformed to become a better person. There are a lot of lessons for readers to learn from this memoir and it will make readers believe in the power of unconditional love.