Welcome to Literary R&R's stop on Annmarie Kelly's Victorious Woman blog tour, hosted by Tribute Books. Below you will find book info and a review.
ISBN #: 978-0974603704
Page Count: 279
Copyright: September 2004
Publisher: Optimal Living Press
Real Women - Real Stories - Real Challenges - Real Victories
What's a woman to do? If she makes a bad choice or gets thrown one of life's curveballs, is she forever doomed?
Author Annmarie Kelly says "NO!" and proves it with compelling real life stories of women who faced and overcame seemingly overwhelming life challenges. This powerfully moving book overflows with intelligence, understanding, emotion and true grit.
Kelly explains victory as the stretch you make out of your comfort zone and into the greater, fuller expression of who you really are - your authentic self. She demonstrates victory by taking you inside the lives of nine distressed women and showing you how they became victorious. You are likely to recognize something of yourself woven in each of these stories; each one will inspire and encourage you to forge your own victory over whatever is challenging you right now. At the end of each woman's chapter you'll find soul-searching questions that you must ask yourself to insure your own victories.
Author Kelly concludes the stories with a "lessons learned" chapter. Gleaning the best from each Victorious Woman, from the many other women she interviewed and from her own intriguing life challenges, Kelly describes the FOUR LIFESTYLES that either support you in victory or sabotage you, and the SIX SKILLS every woman has to learn to be in control of her SELF. She also gives you, her readers, the Victorious Woman Model to help you figure out what you need at different stages of challenges. The result is a book that is part inspiration, part motivation and part skill building. Some have called Victorious Woman "a blueprint for life" and "a practical approach to taking control of your life."
Since its first publication, many women say that they keep Victorious Woman! on their book shelf for reference or on their nightstand for comfort at the end of a long day. This "celebration of life" is an encouraging and enlightening read for women who want to create their own personal and professional victories.
Lillian went through emotionally (and probably physically) abusive relationships. Maureen got hit with a divorce out of the blue and had to work two jobs to help support herself and her five children with no child support coming from her ex-husband. Kathleen wound up in a failed marriage and had to pick herself back up again. Toni battled food-related health issues (along with her daughter) and had to make a decision on whether or not to put herself first. Nancy, an African-American woman in the 1950s, decided to leave an abusive marriage and raise her four sons on her own. Pattie was diagnosed with not just one cancer, but a possibility of three different cancers ... all at the same time. Alisa risked losing it all in order to do what she loved. Mary (aka Tekki) deals with dwarfism and had a hugely negative self-image.
All of the women mentioned above have one thing in common: they didn't give up. Each one figured out what it was she needed to do in order to overcome her obstacles. Reading about their stories had me looking at my life trying to figure out if I was unhappy in any area and, if so, what changes I needed to make in order to overcome them.
Each chapter has, what I call, a reflection section at the end themed on what was discussed in the chapter. The reflection section present questions to the reader about past and current situations. The answers are to be written in a journal.
Victorious Woman! is set up to inspire women as well as motivate them all at the same time. It really is a wonderful book to have in one's possession, especially if you need that extra boost to self-start your victorious path.
*A paperback copy of the book was provided by the author for the purposes of the tour in exchange for an honest review.