Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Book Review: Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed

Title Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed

Author Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford

Release Date May 6, 2014

Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.

Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken.

In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20257122-finding-me
Review

After watching Michelle Knight on Dr. Phil, both times, I knew I wanted to read her book.

It's no secret that Michelle (along with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus) endured horrible tragedies at the hands of "the dude." For Michelle, though, her hardships began long before being kidnapped. She has survived so many things that could have easily torn anyone else down. Michelle Knight is one of the most courageous people I've ever heard of. Her story of survival is inspirational and I wish nothing but the best for her in everything she does.

While I always feel strange reviewing/rating a book similar to this, I still feel it's important to spread the word about memoirs that provide healing for their authors. Michelle's voice is strong in this book (I felt like she was talking to me) and I hope that she finds healing by sharing her story.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

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