#Bookreview – Understanding compiled by Stevie Turner

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What Amazon says

The following authors and bloggers kindly answered questions posed by Stevie Turner regarding significant life experiences they had undergone. These events include sexual abuse, a near death experience, alcoholism, being diagnosed with cancer, depression, losing weight, getting married, being a mother to many children, being the daughter of a narcissistic mother, and many more!

All proceeds will go to Cancer Research.

Thanks to:
Alienora Browning
Sally Cronin
Dorinda Duclos
Scarlett Flame
Bernard Foong
Darlene Foster
Janet Gogerty
Debbie Harris
Lucy V. Hay
Miriam Hurdle
Phil Huston
Pamela Jessen
D.G Kaye
Lynda McKinney Lambert
Jaye Marie
Clive Pilcher
Abbie Johnson Taylor
Beem Weeks

My review

This collection of experiences, told mainly in the form of questions and answers, from twenty authors and bloggers, is a unique and emotional read. Each of the twenty participants has been through a traumatic time in their lives and each of them has overcome their particular set of circumstances, whether it is a struggle with cancer, sexual abuse, the loss of a loved one or a personal obsession gone wrong. Despite its emotional and heart wrenching content, this book is, on the whole, an uplifting read as well as being an enlightening one. I was impressed and encouraged by each of these writers ability to overcome their personal hardship and find a successful path forward.

To my mind, the stories in this book can be divided into two sets, those participants who had to deal with circumstances imposed on them by a third party or outside force creating circumstances over which they did not have complete control and those participants who ended up in a situation of their own making through their obsessive natures or those human frailties, like low self esteem and anxiety. I know from personal experience with friends and family that overcoming such mental barriers is an incredibly difficult thing to do.

I commend all of these authors and bloggers for their courage and honesty in writing their personal stories to help and encourage others who many be facing similar situations.

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50 thoughts on “#Bookreview – Understanding compiled by Stevie Turner

    1. Knowing the details of both yours and Stevie’s stories makes me even more grateful that I got my mom in to see a doctor two days after we found the lump. She had surgery 2 weeks after that so her cancer never had a chance to spread. She was stage 2A and very treatable. I thank God every day for saving my mom.

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      1. I’m glad to hear the timely doctor’s visit you got your mom in and the early surgery, Robbie! Cancer is very nasty and since it’s not visible, timing is crucial. I know, as I write, the more I found out the more scary I felt.
        I’m thankful for your mom also.

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    1. I have already seen my share of cancer with my mom having breast cancer and a good friend’s son dying of bone cancer recently at the age of only 15. This book covers other interesting human afflictions like depression, over eating, the loss of a loved one.


  1. Sounds to be a compelling read, sometimes experience of illness, and how to cope often helps others through their own difficult journey’s.. I know my sister taught me a lot while undergoing her own journey with breast cancer aged 36.. with four young children. It turned her life upside down, yet it was the making of her.

    Much love and thank you for sharing your review Robbie. ❤

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