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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Twists Turns and Truths: The Life and Lines of a Master Scientific Hand Analyst by Jayne Sanders is a thought-provoking read with an inspiring voice, scientific hand analysis, and personal stories. Sanders opens up about her journey with key moments in her life, detailing each of her experiences from trauma to relationships to loss to her deep love of horses. Using each of her experiences, she explores a scientific and spiritual understanding of how each detail is seen in her hands. The book is used to teach readers how everyone's own experiences are reflected in their hands and how to understand each detail.
Jayne Sanders blends elements of memoir, scientific hand analysis, and poetry into an inspiring read. The memoir aspects are often short, detailing a key moment in Sanders' life with events being both good and bad. Each moment hits upon an event that affected her and helped shape the person she became. Each chapter is a specific moment where Sanders reflects on that time in her life, written with genuine honesty and an admirable openness. Sanders shares moments that are painful in her life such as trauma after an assault, the loss of parents, an illness, and a deep bond with horses. Horses play a key role with Sanders showing the clear impact they had on her and the profound connection she had with various ones. Each of the horses she opens up about lived a life that touched her own while giving her peace, love, and companionship. You experience each loss and each love with her as she reflects on fighting for Beau, grieving with Darby over Comet, and the love each opened up to her. Each chapter reveals different experiences which she then uses to show how these are seen in her hands. Several examples of hand analysis follow each chapter which makes it easy to understand and learn the significance of every moment in your life through every detail in your hands. Sanders gives various examples of lines seen on your hands including the independent thinker line, the Neptune area of the hand, and the hermit heart line.
Twists Turns and Truths is perfect for those who are curious about scientific hand analysis and want to learn more. Sanders opens up a fascinating topic and starts your mind wondering what stories can be seen through your hands. Also throughout are lovely poems which tie into various stories. The poems have a stunning lyrical style with profound emotion and depth drawn out of each, making them perfectly fitted to the voice and tone of the memoir aspects. Twists Turns and Truths is a unique read with honest stories told through an emotional lens and with a focus on scientific hand analysis, ideal for those seeking honest memoirs, genuine voices, and unique topics.