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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Skipping Stones: A Memoir by MJ Blaeser is the book you want to read to boost your emotional immunity and psychological stamina. It's about a woman who finds strength and resilience within herself to take care of the curveballs life has thrown her way. Just when she thinks she has herself and her life all figured out, she's thrown into a tropical storm of family illness, fear, doubt, and confusion. And she overcomes it all. Some women cave in stressful times, while others grow. Some don't know what they will do in a situation until they're in it. Just as there are stages in the grieving process, there are stages to returning to the living process
Even though this book is a memoir, Blaeser writes it like a piece of compelling fiction--an emotionally absorbing movie played out in the mind of the reading audience. Some memoirs, though well-meaning, can come across as cloying, but this one flexes a little muscle, and that's what Melissa needs to manage what's going on in her life. Perhaps a little muscle is what YOU need right now in your life too, and this book will show you how it's done. Besides the engrossing story itself, you'll find attention to detail, some humor amidst the heartache, and a great turn of phrase. You get the feeling you aren't just reading someone's life story in journal form--you're relating to the characters in a personal way. These are people in your neighborhood, maybe your family or circle of friends. Take Melissa's lessons and apply them to your own situations, and you'll find yourself overcoming in a way that could surprise you. Skipping Stones by MJ Blaeser is the perfect book to read if you need to find the hero within yourself to become a hero for someone else.