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Memories of Hell, Visions of Heaven: A Story of Survival, Transformation and Hope Paperback – July 6, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: FastPencil, Inc. (July 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607463695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607463696
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,112,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Esther Francis Joseph was born and raised on the tiny Caribbean island of saint Lucia. She moved to the U.S. at the age of 16 with her mother and two older bothers. She holds a bachelor's degree in international affairs from New York University. Her goal is to help others still in the grips of abuse and violence to break the cycle and find a way to a place of healing. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The author does a wonderful job of conveying her experience in a way that is relateable.
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One awaits the next volume with eager anticipation of where the road next takes this feisty lady on life's journey.
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The authers details of how she overcame so much adversity in her life it is truly inspiring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tate on October 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
I actually stumbled upon this book and initially it was the title that caught my attention. I almost passed on it but I am so glad I decided to purchase this book. The authers details of how she overcame so much adversity in her life it is truly inspiring. We have all had ups and downs in life and some more than others but to read about how she transends the pain and suffering in her life has put many things in my life into perspective. I recommend this book you will not be disappointed!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HostelMan on August 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
A must read for anyone familiar with the trauma of growing up in a violent abusive or dysfunctional home and the chaos that brings to peoples' lives both in practical and psychological terms. The author is one tough cookie to have survived and flourished after the traumatic, frightening beginnings to her life and the many setbacks she encountered as she tried to best play the hand life had dealt her. She describes her life's journey in a no holds barred fashion which could be construed as a settling of old scores but is necessary for us to understand the enormity of the journey she has travelled. The author has strong opinions on life, spirituality and our search for meaning and purpose on this journey, some of which I would strongly disagree with but then again as we say here in Ireland I haven't `footed turf on her bank'. One awaits the next volume with eager anticipation of where the road next takes this feisty lady on life's journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bright_one on December 1, 2012
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I couldn't put it down; had to read it in one sitting! This book is funny, sad, and anger-producing, sometimes all at the same time! However, most of all, it's inspirational because a human being who was abused on almost every level imaginable managed to overcome and more importantly, thrive! Recommended to both men and women as both genders will see something that resonates within...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terri Fitzgibbons on September 28, 2011
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I love Sundays. A Sunday in New York is even better, especially if it's summer. On this particularly lovely Sunday I find myself camped out on one side of a white square table at Hell's Kitchen restaurant. The large folding doors of the building have been flung open to let the bright sunshine in and to let the pumping music out. Crowds on the outside amble past in search of treasure at the weekly flea market. Crowds on the inside converse over all you can drink mimosas and bloody marys. I watch the human menagerie spread out before me with a keen eye. The hawker at a stall across the way is trying to sell an orange straw purse with white trim that catches my attention. Restaurant patrons come and go, but the waiter keeps topping off my champagne, so I stay.

It's in this bubble-induced state of mind that I chance to meet the author Esther Francis Joseph, who sits at the table next to mine. Ebullient and stately at the same time, I sense her strength immediately, but it's not until I read her memoir, "Memories of Hell, Visions of Heaven," that I understand the depths of that strength. Joseph's story isn't pretty. It's raw and heartbreaking and full of suffering; however, as the title suggests, hope emerges from these experiences.

Growing up on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia as the youngest of several siblings, Joseph describes how the destructive force of violence dominated her childhood. Led by her alcoholic father, the family subscribed to the "hierarchy of oppression," in which the father abused his wife and children, the wife abused her children, and the children in turn abused each younger sibling. With little Esther at the end of such a long line of dysfunction, she bore the brunt of numerous beatings and suffered the psychological strife of witnessing many more.
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