Who Said It Couldn't Be Done?

Diamond From The Rough

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
306 Pages
Reviewed on 01/06/2016
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Author Biography

I written this book because, all I even heard while growing up was " you will never be anything, you nothing but a low life drug addict and school drop out. And, all you do is commit crimes.

Well, today none of those things are true, I have 32 years sobriety and a Master Degree and have written the book titled,

Who Said It Couldn't Be Done. In hopes that someone else life my be changed.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

Who Said It Couldn't Be Done? Diamond From The Rough by Denise Jones is a true story written in the first person. It is a courageous autobiography about the life and experiences of a young girl growing up in a high crime and drugs area of Chicago, and the story of her mother’s life as well. The book begins with an account of Denise’s own birth and the life and background of her mother, Annie Mae Freeman. The book follows a more or less sequential narration of events as we witness the sexual abuse of Annie Mae and her sister by their own father, the early unwanted pregnancies, the birth of Denise and her siblings from different fathers, and her mother’s descent into prostitution and drug rings. This provides a background for Denise’s own story and her life as she grew up and inevitably got caught in a similar web of drugs, crime, and violence. In the end, this is a story of triumph and hope and Denise’s journey toward faith and Christ.

Who Said It Couldn't Be Done? Diamond From The Rough by Denise Jones is an extremely well written, authentic, no-holds-barred account of life in the streets of Chicago. I found the story of Denise’s mother to be extremely sad with the incest, sexual abuse, and prostitution. The book is written in a very genuine manner and I got the impression that none of the facts were embellished or changed for the sake of a story. This brings an incredible level of honesty and authenticity to this book. The way in which Jesus and religion brought Denise back from a life of violence has been discussed in detail as well. Whether one agrees or not with the religious aspect of the story, in no way does it take away from the sheer readability and brutal honesty of the book. For this reason, I highly recommend it.

Ms. M

I applause this writer for sharing her true life story. After all she has gone through, this is certainly worth sharing, I can see where her book can help so many people. Therefore, I give Denise and her book 5 stars for the braveness to tell the story and 5 stars for living to tell her story.

This book is in every sense a must read and page turner.

Regina Collay

Excellent!!! My teenage girls and I read this book, it helped us heal from similar problems. I believe this book is for everyone, the author covered a lot of territories. Check it out, you won't regret it.

N. Thompson

I purchased a digital copy of this book. And when I started reading it, I didn't know what to expect. Having known Denise Jones for less than a year, I couldn't imagine what type of experiences she had gone through. Her story is gritty and raw and invasive. The story is candid and honest in a way that motivates you to quickly read through the book.
This storytelling specifically in regards to her mom does a great job of setting up for the book. We don't just learn about her story, we learn why her story happened. We learn who she once was and we learn what type of person she turns into.
The story really does you have elements of everything. There were moments where I laugh and I cried. And it motivates extreme emotions, we are one moment you highly identified with the main character and sometimes you are painfully concerned.

Theresa R

The title is right on. This woman has overcome so many generational curses and it's a testament to how much God really loves us that he would even give her another chance after all she had done and gone through. This book is a must-read for anyone who feels that can't make it. Who said it couldn't Be Done. Denise Jones is an overcomer.

J. Davison

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

Excellent book....A must read, Life changing!! Can't wait for the movie!!!