4 out of 4 stars
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Wow! That was my exclamation when I was done reading this book. I felt like I had been on a journey filled with lots of navigations. I felt spent, and at the same time, felt fulfilled. I went through different emotions, but I was left with peace and gratitude after turning the last page.
The Girl in the Red Boots by Judith Ruskay Rabinor is the author's real-life story, telling us about what life is like with her mother. She starts from way back in her childhood and travels way into old age, painting vivid pictures. Her feelings towards her mother from childhood develop into an interest in helping daughters and mothers in their relationships. This leads her to become a therapist. In between narrating her patients' experiences, she also narrates hers. Through it all, she unravels the beauty of the priceless bond between mothers and their daughters.
The author begins each section of the book with a meditation guide. Getting the best out of this book requires that one takes out some time to practice meditation. The sessions with her patients are so practical that you can quickly put yourself in their shoes and apply what she teaches for yourself. The way she connects with her patients is brilliant. It looks like she is simply narrating events, but it takes an excellent writer to put it all together like it is in this book. She compiles the imagery/meditation exercises at the end of the book, where one can quickly go back to them to practice repeatedly.
At first, I didn't think much about the title of the book. But as the story unfolded, I couldn't help but feel the emotion in that title. I loved that the writer wasn't focused on making herself look good. She pointed out her mistakes and the actions she took concerning them. I started off thinking her mum must have been a monster. I ended up admiring her mum very much. That was pretty much how it was for her growing up; she carried me along as she revealed her mother's personality. This book gave me a better understanding of my mum and how I could relate better with her. It was exceptionally well written, devoid of any grammatical errors, and I loved the flow of words. There was nothing to dislike but everything to like about The Girl in the Red Boots. Therefore, I'd give it 4 out of 4 stars.
I recommend it to women, especially those having problems relating with their mothers or daughters. I also recommend it to therapists to guide them as they work with their patients. It will be beneficial to people who have an eating disorder, as it will help them identify the root cause and deal with it. This is a thought-provoking, action-inducing, and relationship-transforming book.
The Girl in the Red Boots
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