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Review of Memoirs of Hope

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Memoirs of Hope" by Tora Linde.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The author of this book is a great survivor of several adversities. Memoirs of Hope by Tora Linde is an autobiography about her life. This book is a story of great faith because the author did not allow herself to be consumed by the tragic events she encountered. She is a Christian who kept her faith in God to see her through turbulent times. She shares her life experiences as a testimony to encourage others facing similar challenges not to give up.

Tora's story is a disheartening yet hopeful one. I must commend the author for her bravery and sincerity in sharing her painful experiences. Who would not suffer trauma after experiencing something like this at a very young age? The “monster,” which she referred to as her father, would come at night to hurt her. She always had to go to bed in fear. Every so often, she slipped under the bed or hid in the closet to escape the terror of the night. On her seventh birthday, she keeps a knife under her pillow to defend herself. Does this stop the monster from returning?

I was tearful reading this book. The author states in the book that she is a survivor; indeed, she is. She battled and survived cancer twice and got shot. Tora escaped being raped and suffered miscarriages. She found happiness with her husband, whom she met when she joined the Marine Corps, but this did not last long. She faced several betrayals and disappointments. Through every hurdle life brought her way, God saved her because he loved her.

I didn't particularly appreciate that the author did not clarify if her mother was aware of her being molested, even after finding the knife under her bed. I wonder if Tora would have escaped the monster if she had been able to confide in her mother. It is sorrowful that the one person she could have trusted failed her.

Nevertheless, there is absolutely nothing to dislike about this book. The author used her words skillfully and absorbed the readers perfectly into her journey. I love how the author organized the novel, starting with her childhood and then switching to her adulthood experience. Her story reminds us of God's immeasurable love and mercy that pulls us to him anytime we fall. He is always there as our most excellent friend to see us through tough times. The author also included scriptures and prayers to help readers going through similar challenges. This is very thoughtful of her. I envy her faith and strength. Frankly, it isn't easy to stand firm despite what she went through.

Due to the heavy religious content, particularly the Christian-related texts, this book is more suitable for people of the Christian audience. It will help Christians with their faith. It can also be a very helpful book to read in times of adversity. However, non-religious people might find it unappealing because of the numerous references to God and scriptures. Are you a victim of sexual abuse? Grab this book; it is beneficial.

I score this book 4 out of 4 stars. I was fully immersed in reading this book. It was professionally edited, and I found no errors while reading. I loved every bit of this story.

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