As an engineer interested in history, I found these to be fascinating and joyful reads. The history book steeps the reader in Margaret's world. I feel as though I got to know her family members, her fellow slaves, her masters and her neighbors. I internalized the horrors that were part of her general awareness and was surprised at how she was able to create meaning for herself in that environment. The memoir forces the reader to integrate philosophic, meta-physical, and spiritual beliefs with the physical realities of Margaret Garner's story. It is simultaneously an investigative story, a story of spiritual blossoming and interaction, of healing and evolving trust, of relational growth, and communion with others. These threads are interwoven in a tapestry that broadly challenged my intellect and emotions. I was so moved to joy that I cried through the last twenty pages. – S. Deal
Reading Joanne’s book confirmed for me the debt we owe our ancestors. The strength, the faith, and the determination with which they lived thier lives, gave their descendants hope and opportunities they never dreamed of. Margaret and Joanne’s stories give added meaning to the stories that have been passed down in my own family. – B. Felder
(The dual book) successfully combines multiple styles, as well as weaving abstract psychic principles into an analytical work that shakes the very foundation of our modern beliefs. This book is a fascinating mural of racial and family history in America.” – P. Jensen
I finished Book One around 11 pm and thought I would start Book Two by reading a chapter or two. Well, I couldn’t put it down; I read straight through until 2:30 in the morning, finishing the entire book. Reading it was such an incredible experience, especially as a breast cancer survivor. What a wonderful book!
– J. Horn
I was extremely moved. Three days later I found myself driving across the Ohio River, through Kentucky and onto Tennessee. I kept imagining what it must have been like. I even went to President Andrew Jackson's estate where slaves lived and worked. The grief was palpable....
– K. Lavelle
The book's message is very powerful, on many levels, including what it says about the future survival of our planet. I am so glad that you wrote it and that my class is reading it!
– J. Wilson, Ph.D., Wittenberg University
Very suspenseful. I really could not stop reading. – S. Dearden
I was most profoundly touched by the power of the memoir, the vivid details of spiritual connection across boundaries of time and space and the universality of the life/death cycle it speaks to. This is a wonderful book for anyone willing to
open to new possibilities. – M. Dawn
Not only is there the well-researched, factual first half of this book, but then there is the second half, where the reader's sense of what is possible/logical/conventional is questioned. How a "PTA mom" deals with unsettled souls as well as her own breast cancer, restless heart, and day-to-day stresses makes this book a page-turner. Be prepared to suspend all your pre-conceived notions on all levels! – M. Kamerer
I found it very hard to put down. What a great read! Thank you for all the research and...for taking seriously the research to get to the truth. Thank you for a unique approach. – E. Hoover
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