4 out of 5 stars
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The Spiritual Journey: Memoirs of Viola Chancellor by Viola Chancellor is her memoir documenting her life, beginning with her childhood. From the time Viola was a small child, she had terrifying dreams, many of which were premonitions of the future. She later believed that the woman standing at the end of her bed was her grandma and the man who chased her in her dreams was her father, and neither meant any harm. Once, Viola saw her uncle's shadow three days before he died. Grab a copy of this book to follow Viola's life and learn how other ancestors helped her become the successful woman she is today.
This 96-page book grabbed my attention from the beginning until the end. The pictures within the book were crisp and easy to see, adding depth to Viola's story. I could easily visualize her life growing up in the South, where Black people were separated and discriminated against throughout American history. Viola's family history was fascinating to read, and I appreciated the family pictures that corresponded to some of them. I cannot imagine living in a little red house 12 feet from a railroad track, using wood and coal for heating and cooking. While reading this book, many memories came back of my childhood when I would leave the house, and all I had to do was let my parents know where I was going and when I would be back. This book has many lessons to help readers who are having difficulty in life. My favorite was that if you don't want people to know something, don't write it down. It was thought-provoking when the author compared learning about yourself to a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly.
Many typographical and grammatical errors in this book made parts of the text hard to understand, especially when words were left out of a sentence, a comma was used instead of a period, or there needed to be punctuation at the end of a sentence. Other than this, there was nothing else I disliked about the book.
The only reason I found to deduct any stars for this enjoyable book was because of the lack of professional editing. Once this book has been professionally edited, it will deserve a perfect score. Therefore, my rating for this book is 4 out of 5 stars. There was no other reason to deduct stars because Viola's story brought back many of my memories, and much of what she learned in life was thought-provoking.
This book is suitable for anyone who wants to learn about a woman's struggles and how she dealt with them with the knowledge she gained from her ancestors. Christian readers will probably enjoy this book more than non-Christians because the author and family are Christians who believe in God and pray to Him.
The Spiritual Journey
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