The Power of Disruption

A Memoir of Discovery

Non-Fiction - Memoir
210 Pages
Reviewed on 07/23/2019
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Author Biography

Susan Cross is a veteran storyteller and speaker. An award-winning communications expert, she helps people and organizations navigate disruption through positivity to see their lives, their work, and the world in new ways.

“On January 30, 2017, I got the wake-up call of my life when my appendix ruptured at the end of a vacation on the remote Caribbean island of Dominica. I had to nearly die in order to learn how to really live.”

The Power of Disruption: A Memoir of Discovery, her first book, tells Susan's personal story of disruption and how she turned the whole experience into a personal eruption of the best kind.


    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Power of Disruption: A Memoir of Discovery by Susan Cross begins with the painful and dramatic moment of the author’s encounter with death. While on vacation on the remote Caribbean island of Dominica, her appendix ruptured and her entire body was filled with pain and infection. She almost died, surrendering to the circumstances of her emergency surgery and recovery. The author explains: “The spiritual answer is that in the midst of the poison of sickness and pain, I felt myself leave my earthly life to be bathed in light—a warm light so bright and full of hope, safety, comfort, promise, and joy that I wanted more and more of it.” At that moment, the author discovered how deeply she had been loved and began a process of creating a life that matters, a life of purpose. The disruption of her life was a powerful message that compelled her to look past pain and suffering and discover a path towards creating more life.

Susan Cross tells her story with simplicity and candor and reveals how something happened that forced her life to come to a screeching halt in more ways than one. “That was the day that I left this earth and transcended into another space and, quite literally, time stopped.” In this memoir, the author shares how a dramatic, tragic event transformed and enriched her life. The writing is insightful and filled with wisdom and thoughts to ponder on. I enjoyed the fluidity of the prose, the humor that makes light of challenging situations, but what ultimately caught my attention is the powerful message echoed through these pages. The Power of Disruption: A Memoir of Discovery is as inspirational as it is engaging; a memoir that forces readers to look at their own life story in a new light.