2 out of 4 stars
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In her book, God Promised Me Wings to Fly, Janet Grillo details the devastation she experienced during a time in her life when she thought she had found true love. Beginning with childhood events that solidified her faith in God, she writes about marriage, divorce, remarriage and the shock of a suicide.
This book contains not only a personal testimony of how the author dealt with grief and deception but how she threw herself into the arms of God to find the light at the end of a dark tunnel. The reader is exposed to all of her pain, anxiety, and torment as her life is ripped to shreds. In her lowest points, she found hope through books, journaling, and fervent prayers. She shares all of this with her audience so that she can offer comfort and support to those who may be walking on the same path.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the author's open and honest discussion of her feelings. She does not hold back when it comes to expressing her frustrations over her many losses and how she turned to heaven to assist her in recovering and moving forward. Many books that inspire in this way will often make it seem like it's a simple snap of the fingers and life gets back on track. This is not the case with this story, and I think that reflects the true nature of what she endured trying to regain a sense of stability. The process may take a while, and this is demonstrated chapter by chapter as she struggles to find peace in her relationships, finances and mental health.
What I found most striking was the fact that the author never throws in the towel when it comes to love. Her giving nature and her intense affection toward humanity continue to shine through as she is trying to survive emotionally. Some people would have given up and decided to hide away to protect themselves from future hurts. This is not the case with Janet Grillo. You can see how deep her spiritual life goes and the genuine oneness she has with her Creator. A beautiful addition is that she includes uplifting quotes from her favorite authors, scripture pages, and intimate letters from God and loved ones who have crossed over into heaven.
I found some sections of the book needing improvements. I only mention this in the spirit of what the author said many times of how God led her to write this book, and that she would be offered direction and help. I am going on the assumption that when I picked this title to read out of the numerous ones that I could have chosen, it was a divine assignment. While reading, I found that there were too many interruptions that took away the emotional impact of the story. My eyes were glued to the page when she described her second marriage and the death that occurred. In the middle of this, it seemed like the book turned in another direction. Similar to a commercial break where the viewer is left hanging, she then resumes the story. Chapter 6 felt out of place as she described how she helped save the lives of others. She also used this sentence on a few occasions: Now back to my story. Every time there was a break like this, it took me out of the intensity and emotion of the writing. There is an assortment of links to buy products intermixed with her personal accounts which also was distracting.
Another red flag for me was the extent to which the author included other works in her book. I didn't mind the slight recommendation of other writings to assist readers, but entire sections and chapters of other books were included. I would suggest putting the names of titles altogether in one place and offering them as additional books to buy and read.
I would recommend that the author revisits the first part of the book and consider focusing her attention like a laser beam on the issue of her second husband's death and the fallout. From there, she can show how God used her to help others and how He brought healing to her life. Otherwise, the writing is difficult to follow as there are sections that trail off with no coherence. A concise outline and timeline of events might help shape this up so that clarity flows throughout the entire book. I say all of this with the intent that I want to see this book be the powerful tool for which it was intended. A great way to make this happen would be for all of her resources to be placed in a special section geared toward the public after her story is told outright.
If I were rating this book on its story, I would give it a perfect score. The author has a blistering narrative to share with the intention of bringing awareness and relief to others, however, in its current state, it is not easy to navigate one's way through the material without feeling lost. I would be remiss in not mentioning this. There are also errors in punctuation, grammar, and spelling and needs further proofreading. This book would be best suited for those going through grief, or for those who want to know more about the subject of suicide. It does have a Christian flair without being heavy, however, for those who do not practice this, it may not be of interest. With a hope that the author carefully considers revamping this material, I am giving this a 2 out of 4 stars.
God Promised Me Wings to Fly
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