3 out of 4 stars
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Lisamarie Thomas's collection of stories, When God Let Me Speak, is based on her own life experiences. Lisa is a survivor of a sexual assault. She lays bare the gut-wrenching details of her assault at gunpoint by an unknown assailant. The book, however, is more than a retelling of a tragic occurrence. It is the author's struggle to reclaim her identity and her means of advocating for herself.
The fast-paced, riveting memoir includes a collection of reminiscences, including her childhood memories, suffering from depression, and exploring her sexuality. It also details how she made mistakes in her life that led to a greater relationship with God. Lisa realizes her lack of self-love toward the end of the book. She hopes that by sharing her experiences, she will be able to help others who are experiencing similar difficulties.
I enjoyed learning about life and seeing the world through Lisa’s eyes. Because the experience has lingered with me, she conveyed her narrative brilliantly. The writing style of the author is simple and conversational. I had no difficulty in understanding what she was conveying. Reading about real-life challenges helps us to grow as humans and to become more sensitive. Any human being can empathize with and relate to the story of Lisa.
When God Let Me Speak gave me a better understanding of the psychology of a sexual assault survivor. The author's quest for self-discovery is remarkable as she tries to make sense of her disastrous choices in men. Knowing that someone has gone through a difficult path toward a better perspective in life can be reassuring, as sometimes all we need is to read something that reminds us that we are not alone in making poor decisions.
My grievance with this book is that the author should have included more details about her situation in life in the starting section. I have not read her previous book, so it was a little bit confusing for me. Another issue with the book is that it is full of errors and requires thorough editing. Other than that, I have nothing negative to say about the book. Therefore, I give this book 3 out of 4 stars. I knocked off one star only for the errors.
The rape is recounted in detail, and the descriptions could be difficult to stomach. There is the use of non-borderline slang words and the mention of drug use. Hence, I would not recommend it to younger readers. Christians may find the contents of the book offensive because the author is critical of the way churches operate and Christianity as a religion. I would recommend this book to any reader who wants to be more informed about the struggles of others.
When God Let Me Speak
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