Official Review: Each Day A Portion by Nancy Nystrom

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Official Review: Each Day A Portion by Nancy Nystrom

Post by ViziVoir » 07 May 2018, 13:44

[Following is an official review of "Each Day A Portion" by Nancy Nystrom.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Each Day A Portion by Nancy Nystrom is a memoir that doesn't just focus on Nancy's life itself. It also details the lives that she changed through her philanthropic work in Mexico, in addition to those that impacted her spiritually and emotionally to make this possible. The first half of the book is dedicated to her family history and life before founding Casa Hogar Los Angelitos, a children's home benefiting orphans and children from abusive families, and the second half details her experiences founding Casa Hogar and working with the children she took in.

From a narrative standpoint, this book is excellent. The events detailed are laid out in chronological order, with reference to biblical verses that inspired the author. It doesn't fall into the trap that so many memoirs do, with winding, stream-of-consciousness descriptions. Instead, it chronicles how Nancy came to help children in Mexico thoroughly and logically. The biblical verses aren't thrown in randomly; they are generally either self-explanatory or explained within the text itself.

While I'm generally not drawn to books with religious themes, I chose to make an exception for this one, and I'm very glad that I did. It was inspiring to see the impact of religion on Nancy's journey and how her faith in God made her work possible, despite a myriad of adversities and challenges she had to overcome. These challenges, ranging from the death of her son to rumors and distrust surrounding Casa Hogar, opened my eyes to the unique difficulties faced by those attempting to help disadvantaged children in Mexico. Nancy acknowledges her past shortcomings, as well as how she overcame them through faith, in a way that felt intimately personal. At the end of the day, Each Day A Portion is about overcoming one's past and accomplishing things that most people would dismiss as impossible.

For obvious reasons, this book would not be suitable for people who are averse to religious themes. Several seemingly "impossible" events are described that led Nancy to her calling, and I can see why readers who don't believe in the metaphysical might be put off by this. There are also strong themes of grief and abuse, both in Nancy's past and with regards to the children she saves; the author makes the argument that it is this similarity that made her uniquely suited to her work, and, indeed, the parallels are undeniable.

I find Each Day A Portion to be a remarkable and inspiring memoir. Its organizational structure and editing are superb, allowing the incredible work that Nancy carried out to shine through. I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars, and while potential readers should be aware of the dark topics it addresses, anyone interested in learning about philanthropy or understanding the author's journey in working with Mexican children should certainly read this book. I believe it would also be extremely helpful for people who are struggling with overcoming past trauma or failure, regardless of their religious background.

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Post by AmySmiles » 09 May 2018, 07:04

Very interesting, I want to check this book out. Thanks for the review.
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Post by kandscreeley » 09 May 2018, 07:30

I'm so glad that Nancy was able to make such a difference. It sounds very inspiring and might help those struggling with their faith in God. Thanks so much for the great information. I'm glad you were able to enjoy this despite not normally reading tales with religion involved.
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Post by gztibs » 09 May 2018, 08:31

The link to the bible verses in the book is indeed an attraction to me. I will find time to read this book.

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Post by Sharon serena » 09 May 2018, 10:44

The book is definitely a good read. Religious or not, we all are driven by purpose in life. Nancy finds it in her service for the homeless and there is nothing beautiful as this. Am inspired by her commitment despite all the challenges there are in her life. This book sounds interesting. Thanks for the detailed review. Good work.

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Post by Mikky88 » 09 May 2018, 18:22

Inspiring and educative. Full of encouragement and reasons to rely on your faith and never give up. Don't think it is finish when it just started

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Post by haleygerstenberg » 15 May 2018, 11:08

It's great that Nancy was able to channel her past into helping others she can empathize with. Thank you for your review

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Post by NL Hartje » 20 May 2018, 15:14

The descriptions of the philanthropic work done are what set this book apart for me. So often feel-good, or inspirational stories recount what has happened to them or what others have done to affect one's life. Hearing that this book details the acts of the character is refreshing and truly inspirational.

Thank you for this review!
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Post by crediblereading2 » 22 May 2018, 12:51

It is very good when someone can look within him/herself and recognize shortcomings, just like Nancy. Having a daily walk with God will provide the assistance one needs to overcome these shortcomings. Love your review.

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