Anatomy of a Life


Non-Fiction - Autobiography
516 Pages
Reviewed on 09/28/2013
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Author Biography

I am a wife and mother of two, with two older children from my first marriage. I was born a natural equestrian and artist and have spent my life raising and training horses as well as expressing my artistic ability through painting, sculpting, gardening, interior decorating, gourmet cooking, and baking. My family and I also love watching movies and traveling. We home school our children which has improved their learning and knowledge in academics, and we try our best to instill love toward God in their everyday activities and as we teach them about life.
I am a wife and mother of two, with two older children from my first marriage. I was born a natural equestrian and artist and have spent my life raising and training horses as well as expressing my artistic ability through painting, sculpting, gardening, interior decorating, gourmet cooking, and baking. My family and I also love watching movies and traveling. We home school our children which has improved their learning and knowledge in academics, and we try our best to instill love toward God in their everyday activities and as we teach them about life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Anatomy of a Life by Penelope Merriweather is a heart wrenching autobiography which speaks about how the circumstances in your childhood and later on, in your adulthood, can leave lasting impressions on your psyche. The book takes you through a multitude of traumatic emotions experienced by the author for a long time. The author also speaks about how these negative experiences can harden you as a person and bring forth a gamut of negative emotions like anger, hatred, depression, and a lack of self confidence in your own self and abusive behavior.

The book leads you through many dark and depressing moments and incidents that have marred the author’s life. However, there is a ray of hope that trickles in through all the gloom. The presence of God and the author’s belief in the Lord is one of the uplifting relationships the author speaks about in her story. Many a time, you turn bad owing to the circumstances around you and over which you have no control. It is so important to be in the right surroundings with the right people to bring out the best in you. The book has a beautiful message which shows light to the reader.

Anatomy of a Life is sad but the book ends on a positive note, telling the readers out there who are in similar situations that there is always something good waiting for you. The emotions are raw and they strike a chord in the reader’s heart. The author’s suffering and how she gets out of it is the beauty of the story. A stunning autobiography, beautifully written.

Samantha Rivera

Understanding abused and neglected children is important. Knowing not only what they suffered but what could happen to them as a result of that suffering is even more so. For children who are abused and neglected it can be difficult to break out of the mold of silence and speak out about what happened to them in their lives. When they do, it’s often a simple (though hard to listen to) autobiography of their lives. In Anatomy of a Life, author Penelope Meriwether not only talks about the hardships that she endured and the things she went through in her life, but she also discusses the ways that those events can shape children and adults throughout their lives.

There are many psychological, physical and emotional effects that any form of abuse will have on a child, and throughout this book Meriwether touches on many of them. Coming from this type of lifestyle, it can be difficult to grow up and find what society deems as a ‘normal’ life. However, Meriwether was not only able to overcome adversity but to actually flourish in the face of it. This book is a testament to the strength that people can discover in themselves. Meriwether’s strength will inspire others to overcome the pain in their own lives. It will also help those who have never suffered these things to better understand those who have, and that’s definitely a book worth reading.