Official Review: Rolling Through Teens by Mary Settle

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Official Review: Rolling Through Teens by Mary Settle

Post by Cecilia_L » 09 Sep 2018, 10:58

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Rolling Through Teens" by Mary Settle.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Rolling Through Teens is an inspirational collection of poetry portrayed from the unique perspective of life in a wheelchair by author Mary Settle. The book is divided into three parts which include prayers and reflections on faith in God, hopes and dreams, family relationships, and the challenges of living with cerebral palsy. Featuring an eclectic collection of poems with titles such as Longing, The Black Lamb, Big Camo Wheelchair, and A Piece of Home, the young author conveys her thoughts with gratitude, grace, and strength.

I tend to be selective when it comes to reading poetry. While I understand that writing poems is a form of therapeutic expression, I've encountered more than a few poetry books that were rife with self-pity. That was certainly not the case with this touching collection. The author's writing style was clear and purposeful. She shared from the heart which was reflected by the sincerity of her words.

What I most enjoyed about this book was the author's voice of gratitude, which I found exceptional in light of her physical challenges. At the same time, her writing reflected honesty and transparency. I was also impressed by the author's maturity concerning the many obstacles she's faced in her young life. Though the entire collection conveyed her strong faith in God, it was especially apparent in the first section of the book, Cries of a Young Girl's Heart. My favorite poem was called Where Are You? and was written from the perspective of God speaking lovingly to the reader. There were also several endearing poems expressing her devotion to her siblings. Many of the heartfelt poems in this collection brought tears to my eyes.

Poetry books often include the author's muse or inspiration, and I would have liked to have seen the addition of a preface or introduction that featured more details about the author's background and how she came to write the collection. Though the book's cover and some of the poems referenced her wheelchair, mentioning the author's cerebral palsy would have added clarity for the readers.

I noted a single grammatical error, and I'm pleased to rate this inspirational collection 4 out of 4 stars. While I would recommend this book to fans of inspirational poetry, I believe it will also appeal to those who are overcoming difficult challenges. It is appropriate for adolescents, as well. Additionally, readers who are struggling with debilitating illnesses will appreciate the book.

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Post by Bluegirl53 » 10 Sep 2018, 07:30

Great book I will read it all when I get home I love what I have read so far

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Post by peterhead » 10 Sep 2018, 09:46

The book contains moral and caution no matter what level we are the writer really stood with God in faith through her periods,i love the poems as it passes strong message the book is really a good gem.

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Post by peterhead » 10 Sep 2018, 10:24

The book contains moral and caution no matter what level we are the writer really stood with God in faith through her periods,i love the poems as it passes strong message the book is really a good gem.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Sep 2018, 11:40

Bluegirl53 wrote:
10 Sep 2018, 07:30
Great book I will read it all when I get home I love what I have read so far
Thank you. I hope you enjoy the book!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Sep 2018, 11:41

peterhead wrote:
10 Sep 2018, 10:24
The book contains moral and caution no matter what level we are the writer really stood with God in faith through her periods,i love the poems as it passes strong message the book is really a good gem.
Thank you for your comment.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 10 Sep 2018, 13:52

How beautiful that the young author could turn his struggles into such a beautiful work of art. I agree that in her case, an introduction would be appropriate. It's always nice to know where the inspiration for a poet's poems comes from. Wonderful review as always.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Sep 2018, 14:33

kfwilson6 wrote:
10 Sep 2018, 13:52
How beautiful that the young author could turn his struggles into such a beautiful work of art. I agree that in her case, an introduction would be appropriate. It's always nice to know where the inspiration for a poet's poems comes from. Wonderful review as always.
I thought so, too. Thank you for your comment.

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Post by Cassandra Keeney » 10 Sep 2018, 14:39

This collection of poetry sounds both beautiful and inspirational. You’ve written a lovely review, and it makes me want to read it. I agree that in poetry, it is interesting to read what the author’s muse was, as it helps to gain a deeper understanding.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Sep 2018, 16:15

Cassandra Keeney wrote:
10 Sep 2018, 14:39
This collection of poetry sounds both beautiful and inspirational. You’ve written a lovely review, and it makes me want to read it. I agree that in poetry, it is interesting to read what the author’s muse was, as it helps to gain a deeper understanding.
Thank you, Cassandra. Hope you enjoy it!

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Post by jjtinx1026 » 10 Sep 2018, 21:23

Rolling through Teens by Mary Seetle is a poetry full of prayers and reflections on faith in God, hopes and dreams, family relationships, and the challenges of living with cerebral palsy, an it educate on how maturity when facing challenges

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Post by Cecilia_L » 11 Sep 2018, 10:20

jjtinx1026 wrote:
10 Sep 2018, 21:23
Rolling through Teens by Mary Seetle is a poetry full of prayers and reflections on faith in God, hopes and dreams, family relationships, and the challenges of living with cerebral palsy, an it educate on how maturity when facing challenges
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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 12 Sep 2018, 23:32

It's a lovely review of a lovely and inspirational collection of poems. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the review!

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Post by 420waystoreachthesun » 16 Sep 2018, 03:20

I really don't like the title, but I'll still give this book a try. Thank you for this review!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 17 Sep 2018, 23:18

Debjani Ghosh wrote:
12 Sep 2018, 23:32
It's a lovely review of a lovely and inspirational collection of poems. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the review!
Thank you. Hope you enjoy the book.

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