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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Trenee Zweigle Coates has written an inspirational book for women in times of trouble. Never Give Up offers story upon story dealing with the trials and tribulations women face in everyday life. The author contends that there are four areas which can damage the psyche of women, those being the mental, the emotional, the physical and the spiritual. There are stories of abuse and how it can lead to suicidal feelings. There are stories about how even minor events can lead to hope and belief if only the woman is aware and has enough courage to simply reach out her hand for available help. The story about the little girl and the glass jar of coins is precious. The stages of grief are explained as they apply to the many losses that women can feel. These are losses that lead to feelings of being unloved. Losses may occur in events which seem innocuous, and yet they are perceived as harmful because of the woman's background.
Inspiration in Never Give Up comes in many forms. Trenee Zweigle Coates has given Bible verses, quotes from famous and ordinary people, and ongoing stories which seem to get to the heart and soul of the grief women feel. The book deals with spiritual hurt and with moments of deepest despair. It advocates giving hopeless feelings over to someone strong while repairs to the soul are undertaken. This is a notebook of positives where self-pity gets you nowhere. For an honest and clear idea of how to get out of the doldrums, this is a good read.