3 out of 4 stars
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It is my opinion that we all have our own burdens to bear in this life. Whether it be an abusive or traumatic past, an illness or injury, or personal loss, we must all learn to move forward. Some do this with more grace than others. Marjorie Coens is someone that has dealt with more than most, but she has come out strong on the other side.
Climb That Mountain For Heaven's Sake is a non-fiction book of around 270 pages. Ms. Coens talks of life after a brain injury. It's a no holds barred novel that is refreshing in its honesty. Life is not easy for Marjorie; but, throughout it all, she focuses hard on keeping her attitude positive. The title comes from a saying that her mother would repeat to her and becomes her theme throughout her recovery. Sadly, her recovery is made even more difficult due to the attitude of her husband. He does not know his wife anymore and refuses to help her in the simplest tasks. Likewise, she has lost most of her memories and does not remember him. She is determined, nevertheless, to recover all that she has lost through this injury.
This is the type of book that will evoke many emotions in the reader. Sadness for the author's condition. Anger at the way that she's treated. Joy when she triumphs. You really feel, at the end, that you've come to know Ms. Coens a bit more than you did at the beginning.
This book had what I'd call the typical memoir issues. The timeline doesn't quite flow as it should, there are a lot of people involved in the story and there is a bit of repetition. These problems did lead to a bit of confusion on my part. If you asked me to draw a timeline of events, I don't think I could. Still, these are relatively minor throughout the story, and the book was enjoyable nonetheless.
Also, I greatly enjoyed the added testimonies between some chapters. Here, friends and family tell us more about how they know Marjorie or her struggles in life. This was a great way to discover how others viewed her. This is also somewhat unique in a memoir of this nature.
I did find a few grammatical errors. They were common misspellings and missing words. They were not overly distracting, but there were more than 10 altogether.
Climb That Mountain For Heaven's Sake was an enlightening read full of inspiration. I rate it a 3 out of 4 stars due to the editing and memoir issues. Still, I'd recommend it to other brain injury survivors as well as anyone going through a tough time. While there is some negativity in spots, the overall message is encouraging.
Climb That Mountain For Heaven's Sake
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