Official Review: Climb That Mountain For Heaven's Sake

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Official Review: Climb That Mountain For Heaven's Sake

Post by kandscreeley » 06 Sep 2018, 18:24

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Climb That Mountain For Heaven's Sake" by Marjorie Coens.]
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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.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 07 Sep 2018, 14:34

It seems like this one has all the feels. I love a book where you feel like you’re going through the rough patches along with the author.
Pity about the continuity issues though. I hope the author tightens it up a bit.
Great review 🙂
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Post by Ruba Abu Ali » 07 Sep 2018, 15:11

One would probably face a wide range of emotions reading this book. It's a rough ride for the patient suffering from the sequelae of brain injury and for the caregivers. I'd love to read this one, despite the editorial issues. Thank you for the honest and enlightening review. :tiphat:

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Post by kandscreeley » 07 Sep 2018, 19:01

Bianka Walter wrote:
07 Sep 2018, 14:34
It seems like this one has all the feels. I love a book where you feel like you’re going through the rough patches along with the author.
Pity about the continuity issues though. I hope the author tightens it up a bit.
Great review 🙂
It seems fairly common in memoirs, but it's still worth reading.
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Post by kandscreeley » 07 Sep 2018, 19:01

Ruba Abu Ali wrote:
07 Sep 2018, 15:11
One would probably face a wide range of emotions reading this book. It's a rough ride for the patient suffering from the sequelae of brain injury and for the caregivers. I'd love to read this one, despite the editorial issues. Thank you for the honest and enlightening review. :tiphat:
You should! It's really a fabulous story.
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Post by Allyseria » 08 Sep 2018, 17:47

Thank you for your review. It’s great that the author is able to be honest in the book. Having a brain injury is no little thing and I’m glad that the author was brave enough to write this book. I’m sure a lot of people who know people who have a brain injury would find this book helpful in understanding what that person has to go through.

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Post by kandscreeley » 08 Sep 2018, 17:55

Allyseria wrote:
08 Sep 2018, 17:47
Thank you for your review. It’s great that the author is able to be honest in the book. Having a brain injury is no little thing and I’m glad that the author was brave enough to write this book. I’m sure a lot of people who know people who have a brain injury would find this book helpful in understanding what that person has to go through.
Absolutely. It's easy to be unsympathetic. They might look normal. However, the struggle is real. Thanks.
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Post by rainydaysc64 » 09 Sep 2018, 14:41

Sounds like a good personal read to me. I'm definitely interested since it covers a lot of personal topics like trauma. Definitely sounds like it gets dark, which doesn't bother me all that much.
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Post by kandscreeley » 09 Sep 2018, 17:43

rainydaysc64 wrote:
09 Sep 2018, 14:41
Sounds like a good personal read to me. I'm definitely interested since it covers a lot of personal topics like trauma. Definitely sounds like it gets dark, which doesn't bother me all that much.
It does get kind of dark, but it's understandable. Life isn't always sunshine and roses. Thanks.
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Post by JR Mercier » 10 Sep 2018, 01:10

I love the added testimonies. Memoirs can be very one-sided because it's only from one perspective so adding that makes me want to read this. Great review.
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Post by kandscreeley » 10 Sep 2018, 07:25

JR Mercier wrote:
10 Sep 2018, 01:10
I love the added testimonies. Memoirs can be very one-sided because it's only from one perspective so adding that makes me want to read this. Great review.
Yes! That was definitely a nice touch by the author. Thanks for commenting.
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Post by carlyroseh » 11 Sep 2018, 17:13

Despite the mechanical errors, I definitely want to read this! I am a music therapist who is passionate about helping brain injury survivors with their rehabilitation. I recently completed an internship where I did therapy full time with patients who had all kinds of brain injuries. I came to understand their conditions intimately, and this is a topic that is close to my heart. Thank you for the honest review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 12 Sep 2018, 08:25

carlyroseh wrote:
11 Sep 2018, 17:13
Despite the mechanical errors, I definitely want to read this! I am a music therapist who is passionate about helping brain injury survivors with their rehabilitation. I recently completed an internship where I did therapy full time with patients who had all kinds of brain injuries. I came to understand their conditions intimately, and this is a topic that is close to my heart. Thank you for the honest review!
Cool! I majored in music in college. Music therapy is so fabulous because it seems to target different areas in the brain. Many who can't communicate well can still sing and remember songs. :) You'd enjoy this one for sure.
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Post by Kareka88 » 12 Sep 2018, 14:15

kandscreeley wrote:
06 Sep 2018, 18:24
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.
Sounds like a great read despite the editing and memoir issues. I'll have to check it out.
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Post by kandscreeley » 12 Sep 2018, 14:25

Thanks Kareka88! It's definitely worth it.
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