Despair to Deliverance: A True Story of Triumph Over Severe Mental Illness by Sharon DeVinney (Book Review #157)

This review was kindly requested by Sharon DeVinney, Ph.D Despair to Deliverance is a memoir written about Sharon DeVinney, Ph.D. and her patient, Robin. Sharon is Robin’s psychotherapist and she has been working with Robin since 1993. Robin suffers from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. The story is written in a way to demonstrate in detail how patients suffer and what they exactly go through when they are fighting with mental illness. Robin also has suicidal thoughts, which she initially []

Vacation to Graceland by Phillip Cornell (Book Review #187)

This review was written for Online Book Club “I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars.” This book was an “ Book of the Day.” Vacation to Graceland is a nonfiction travel story written about a family trip to Graceland. Philip is the author and the main character. The trip consists of a couple of stops to eat and some Granny issues before they reach the mansion. Once realizing how much it costs to get in Graceland, Mom and Granny decide []

He Lives to Take Away My Shame by Sheila Washington (Book Review #180)

[Following is an official review of “He Lives to Take Away My Shame” by Sheila Washington] He Lives to Take Away My Shame is an autobiography written by Sheila Washington. Her book speaks of her life from the day she is born. It contains the joys, sorrows, and everything she encounters during her life. Sheila is adamant in telling her secrets. She claims that her faith is what helps her to deal with the demons inside. Her book is written in []

“The Thoughts You Feed” by Irene Weinberg

The thoughts you feed are the ones that grow. What this brings to my mind is the time my husband died next to me in a horrific car accident. We were driving on the NY State Thruway when our car suddenly went into a huge swerve. “Saul!” I called out to my sleeping husband, waking him up. He saw what was happening and tried to pull the car out of the swerve, but instead, we started to flip the first of four []

The Slope of Kongwa Hill: A Boy’s Tale of Africa by Anthony R. Edwards (Book Review #147)

This review was written for Online Book Club “I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars.” This book was an “ Book of the Day.” This is an autobiographical novel written about a boy named Anthony Edwards. He moves from England to Tanganyika (situated in East Africa). The story entails his journey from the age of nine to fourteen including everything that he goes through, living at the boarding school. The setting of the story is in the year 1948. Edwards’s []