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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Asha's Diaries: Valley Experiences by Emiko Flores is an autobiographical journey that one Christian woman takes, beginning with an abusive childhood. The abuse she endured as a young girl sets the stage for her to fall victim again in her toxic adult relationships, including those she has in church. She describes how her faith in Jesus Christ saved her soul and her sanity, but also describes how the organized church hurt her and let her down--a reality most Christians are reluctant to divulge. This is an inspiring story that reinforces faith, self-discovery, and triumph of the spirit.
The author draws the reader into the story with her emotional, poetic account of family betrayal, and uses her own experiences to help family members as well as the reader. Emiko describes her path toward Christ and redemption with simple honesty and phrasing, which makes the book instantly accessible. When readers learn of her battle with inner and outer demons, and her eventual victory, they too will feel that there is hope for them. Her journal-style writing is also appealing, making you feel as though you're indeed reading someone's diary. She peppers her writing with relevant Bible verses, which are obviously a source of comfort for her.
Asha's Diaries: Valley Experiences by Emiko Flores is more than just a memoir of courage and resilience. It's a prayerful, passionate guidebook for other Christians who may have been hurt by the church, or by loved ones, and need help and understanding because of it. The book is on the short side, but this doesn't detract from the story itself. It appears that the author doesn't add fluff to pad the book out; she just lets the story unfold as is, and I respect that.