Publication date: April 2012
For: Because I read her blog
Things I Liked:
What an absolutely riveting, amazing, powerful, heart-wrenching, hopeful, and every emotion in between story. I have been a reader of NieNie Dialogues for a few years now, but I think I didn't start reading her blog until after her accident. I remember some of the brave and amazing and overwhelmingly difficult things she talked about and I was completely blown away by all she didn't talk about (but which you can discover in this book). Her experiences are amazing, but what really shines is her ability, with the help of God, her husband, children, family, and friends, to overcome the mountains of challenges she faces. I think it can be enjoyed by those who are LDS (or Mormon) like me and those who are not, just as her blog is enjoyed by both. I loved the evolution of how she views herself, especially in regards to physical appearance. It is easy to say that appearance doesn't matter when we are pretty, but it is even harder after you've experienced being different than everyone else. Just a wonderful story made all the more powerful because it is true.
Things I Didn't Like:
It was a bit hard for me to read about her experiences so soon after my nephew's passing, but it also brought some comfort, seeing her family gather around her and support her and hearing how she was able to overcome her challenges. The writing is not great, but I think it makes up for that in honesty. I highly recommend this one to anyone who is feeling sorry for themselves or needs a boost of morale to keep going in difficult times.
Reminds me of books like Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and even The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
(that I recall)
some references to her relationship with her husband
not violence exactly, but the crash was pretty horrific and those parts can be disturbing
Overall rating: *****
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