- Series: Battered Hope (Book 1)
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: New Book Publishing; 1st edition (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939748062
- ISBN-13: 978-1939748065
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,937,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Battered Hope Paperback – 2013
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Carol is a resilient woman who endured traumatic events that would cause most others to roll over and quit. The challenges of cancer, rape, marital abuse, jail, loss of child and financial ruin coupled with a determination to succeed compels the reader to root for her to triumph. You will identify with Carol on many emotional terrains of love, loss, suffering, pain, heartbreak and ultimately renewal. This fast paced memoir reads with all the elements of a good novel - character, conflict, suspense and resolution. Follow her family through insurmountable hardships and witness the tenacity it takes for Carol to survive. This is her true gripping story of hope, perseverance, and faith.
Top customer reviews
Her ability to build tension and keep her story moving forward is a credit to her tenacious spirit and strong faith as well as to her storytelling skills. I actually read this memoir twice because it felt overwhelming that despite enduring so much for so long, she was still able to share the lessons of her trials so effectively. I wanted to give this story a second chance because I sensed an underlying strength and resilience in her character that made me want to understand both her and her story’s main message more clearly.
So many people will relate to this story. We all have burdens and challenges in our lives, many of which we do overcome. To take that extra step, as Carol has, to share the rawness and pain and to show at so many junctures how her faith in God pulled her through gives us all the gift of hope. For non-Christians, she does not preach, but rather she shows through her faith how her hope for a better life was nourished.
I recommend this memoir without reservation to anyone who has encountered life’s challenges and needs to find a source of hope that their life will be better too.
I was in a marriage with a controlling man and she describes this, her first marriage to a controlling personality disordered man with all the repercussions that go with a one sided confusing relationship. She was young when she married him, but this can happen to anyone, at any age! Luckily she divorced him 5 years later only to have him come back into her life, causing more pain to her and her new loving spouse.
I also can relate to her infertility stories with her painful endometriosis and adoptions, which she describes so well. Being forced to relinquish her first adoptive child is heartbreaking! After a successful 2nd adoption life continues to throw at her even more hurdles including health, legal and financial problems, more than most of us could even imagine or endure. The author and her husband perceiver with the strength of their faith and hope.
Some say the best is yet to come. I’m sure that’s so for author Carol Graham because she’s had her share of a battered life. Ms. Graham is an inspiring person and “Battered Hope” is an inspiring good read!
I understand why you are such a caring individual and why you enjoy reading and sharing "David and Goliath stories." If I have learned one thing from reading your book, it is: GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING when it comes to making deals with people regarding large amounts of cash and investments. It does not mean that you don't trust them. It means that you are protecting your best interests and theirs.
I appreciate the tremendous amount of faith that you have and I am in awe of some of the miracles that have resulted from that faith. Keep up the good work, dear sister!
God has assured His children that He would not put them through anything they would not be able to handle, with His help. Carol believed that. She knew that even though circumstances had beaten her down physically and emotionally, she was never beaten down spiritually.
Resilience. Testing makes us stronger. She drew on her past experiences and how God had brought her through them. She knew, somehow, God would be there again.
A powerful read – one which you don’t want to turn the page for fear of “what now,” but you can’t wait to turn the page to see how God would deliver her.