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When Ties Break/A Memoir about How to Thrive After Loss [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Norton
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Book Description

The day of my father's funeral, my brother expelled me from the family as my other family members stood by and did nothing. He was right about one thing. I had made some bad choices for which I would pay dearly. Divorce, abuse, abortion, death, bankruptcy, sibling rivalry, adultery, drug addiction, low self-esteem - some people suffer from one or several of these in their life; others deal with them daily. What makes the story in When Ties Break different, exceptional, and inspirational is that the author has lived through each one of these challenging problems. Through God's help and her own courage and perseverance, Margaret not only thrived after loss but came out on top with a new energy, a renewed spirit, and a greater sense of worth.

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2.0 out of 5 stars depressing, frustrating, sad March 8, 2012
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This book was so depressing. I kept reading because I hoped to read something positive and happy but each chapter just brough more dread and bad news. This woman never seemed to learn from her mistakes and bad judgement, she just repeated them over and over and over. I read 80% of the book and then I just could not take one more minute of it. Too negative.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Long Dull Read March 16, 2014
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This is a memoir by a woman from a strange Christian background who spoke in tongues as a child. She married early and often to abusive men, including one whose teenage son molested her very young daughter. Yet she remained with this man. The pace is incredibly slow. Every other paragraph is of the Praise Jesus sort, although, if these trials and tribulations are to be accepted at face value, The Lord has done little for this women. After a lifetime of bad decisions, this lady decided to make a career as a "life coach." It is difficult to imagine a less qualified person. Most likely the story is as much fiction as fact and contains numerous inconsistencies, such as the author ballooning up rapidly, while not eating due to poverty and talking expensive vacations, also without sufficient funds. Her account of family estrangement makes little sense. She accepts no responsibility for her actions and constantly vilifies others. She must have purchased the positive reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hopeful, engrossing, inspirational book April 7, 2012
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"There is a reason, "When Ties Break," is selling out on Amazon. This well-written book of overcoming heartbreak and adversity is an inspiration.

Margaret Norton tells the truth about her life and her brave account grips the reader. They say everyone has a story, but the trials this author shares are almost unbelievable in their magnitude. I was immediately drawn into Margaret's problems, and I found myself cheering for her as a friend at the end.

Margaret's testimonials of her faith and how it affected her life from its very beginnings to the outcome of "When Ties Break" are heartening. The book is a spiritual journey as well as a human one. The insights Margaret offer are reason enough to read the book. We also can empathize with Margaret because we are all doing the best we can, but have all made mistakes along the way. Margaret tells it like it is, and shows us the path that worked for her.

One would think a book with this much hardship would be depressing, but it is quite the opposite. The reader feels like he/she is part of a larger community and that there is hope, no matter what his/her current situation.

I recommend this book as a fast read and well-worth it. Adult readers would appreciate it the most."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kritters Ramblings January 16, 2012
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Some may call this book depressing, but I found this book to be a real story that shows that life isn't always all about roses and reminded me that roses have thorns. A memoir written by Margaret Norton that takes you on the journey of her life through great loves and great tragedy, but she always looked to a higher power to help guide her back to a life that is centered around him. Whether you are a person of faith or not, this book isn't a preachy hit you in the face, instead it is a story where a person finds her faith to falter and yet keeps moving forward.

Norton has endured everything that a person can name when it comes to the tragedy list. Although at times I couldn't believe what happened in her life and wanted to be the friend that said STOP and just be single and happy; I kept reading to find out if she would find happiness in the end. What I found to be most uplifting was that she didn't JUST rely on God to pull her through life, but with God worked to find what was to be her next step after bankruptcy, divorce, the loss of a parent and it goes on and on. She looked for the next door, while God was providing it.

If you are at a low point after the new year has begun, this may not be the one to pick up just yet, but if you are in the middle of healing from pain - this could be the one to remind you that everyone has a heartache at one point in their life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Candid and Comforting November 21, 2011
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Margaret Norton is a brave woman who has made the best out of life in less than ideal circumstances. While the title may lead you to believe that the book is simply about coping with death, in fact, Margaret covers many types of losses and travails that one may experience in life. She writes honestly about her feelings when a boyfriend's other girlfriend gives her a sex tape, about drug addiction, and bankruptcy. It's refreshing and inspiring - and it's true. This is just the book to pick up when you're down on your luck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Inspirational Read - Highly Recommended November 14, 2011
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When I first picked up Margaret Norton's thought provoking and inspirational memoir; I thought it would be a book on mourning the loss of a loved one. While, it is true that the author has experienced many deaths of family, co-workers and friends; it occurred to me as I began to read further, that the "Loss" in the title of the book is the loss not only by the death but the loss of ones own self-esteem, self-respect and hope. This memoir is her journey on how she got those things back.

The book offers many examples from the author's life on how God sometimes has a different plan than what we would expect for ourselves. Norton learned to thrive from all of her losses through ministry. In one chapter of the book the author makes a very astute observation... she says "Each loss takes a piece of [one's] heart. Through ministry and prayer Norton learned how to "give her pain to God" and she became a better person for it.

Norton was a broken person as all of us have probably been at some point in our lives. Her book is an inspirational read on how one can not only mend from the pain and heartbreak that life sometimes throws at us; but flourish from it with a renewed spirit, energy and self worth.

It is a good read and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring and uplifting story of one woman's journey and her...
When sitting down to read this book I wasn't prepared for all the tragedy and heartache the author had endured in her life. Read more
Published on November 12, 2011 by Alexandra
4.0 out of 5 stars Your Past Makes You Who You Are In the Present
Margaret Norton's story of heartbreak, rejection and, ultimately restoration, is one that's familiar to many of us. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Inspiration
This story is truly an inspiration to anyone who feels they have constantly been pushed down. Keep fighting to get up because eventually you will. Read more
Published on November 11, 2011 by Jill Sodafsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Why do bad things happen to the good?
Going through tough times myself, I really could relate to this book. The book made me feel like I was not the only one that felt like no matter what they did, it was not quite... Read more
Published on November 11, 2011 by M. Schwartz
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Throughout life there are many of us that wonder "Why me?" when bad things seem to happen constantly. Read more
Published on November 11, 2011 by Anthony30
5.0 out of 5 stars heart wrenching and enticing
If you enjoy reading wrenching stories of other people's lives, you will likely be enthralled by Margaret Norton's memoir, "When Ties Break. Read more
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More About the Author

*Writer, Personal Life Coach, & Speaker
*Dale Carnegie Coach & Stephen Minister
*Volunteer with numerous organizations
*Member of several writing groups
*Born in NC but spent much of my life traveling
*Been to 45 of the 50 states
*I love to travel, read, dance, watch movies and spend time with friends.
*Grandmother of four. Single by choice.
*This is my first book, but don't let this stop you from buying it!

Visit me at my website (http://www.margaretnortonlifecoach)to learn more about my business, Life Transitions; and you can find out more information about personal life coaching, motivational speaking, and my book, When Ties Break. I am happy to offer a free consultation for my personal life coaching business. I also have several topics I can speak on for your group such as grief recovery, memoir writing, and forgiveness; and my rates are negotiable! Please feel free to e-mail me at with any questions about personal life coaching, speaking, or my book!

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