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‘I chose to rise above the abuse and broke the cycle, and to refuse to give in to the victim mentality – choose it for yourself!’ Break Free: Find Your Power, Rewrite Your Story, and Create an Awesome Life by Ronel M Harris is the story of a woman who overcame rape, physical, mental, and emotional abuse, and trauma at the hands of the people she trusted the most. It is a story of trauma, pain, survival, thriving, hope, healing, redemption, and self-discovery. This book gives hope to a lot of readers out there who are living with painful memories and want to rewrite their lives by changing direction. The author’s stumbling blocks, mistakes, and failures are lessons she learned and she gives readers the tools to make better choices, grow beyond the pain and hurt, and opens up various options that will prevent readers from being consumed by self-blame and self-hatred.
The author’s story is traumatic and scary, and her iron will to come out of it and change her life in a positive way is laudable. She speaks about her life intimately and extensively and pulls in readers, connects with them, and gains their confidence with her honesty. What touches readers most about the book - apart from the author’s traumatic experiences - is her honesty and straightforwardness to come forward and share the personal details of her life, thereby giving many readers out there hope to change their lives and start living all over again. Books like this are uplifting and will encourage readers who are haunted by their traumatic experiences and bondage to the past to break free, to dream, and see a future filled with promises and new possibilities.