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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
With life there are all types of experiences, lessons and challenges that shape us. It is the beginning of life from the womb to our formative years, up to the age of five, that help to create who we will be. If something drastic, brutal, or unfavorable occurs during these times, it can have a negative impact, but all is not lost - you can still overcome. Follow Tara Walker as her diary entries take us through the channels of her life from being a child, through puberty and teenage years to a young adult where each of these phases will have a tremendous influence on who she is and will become. Cheryl Denise Bannerman teaches us about how life can be happy yet have its dysfunctional elements, especially with those around us, from domestic violence, alcoholism, drug addiction and sexual abuse to feelings of isolation and loneliness. But in all things, despite what we face in life, God has another plan.
As I read Black Child to Black Woman: A Journey of Tremendous Proportions by Cheryl Denise Bannerman, I began to think about women like Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey. These two women are prime examples of how when our young lives are riddled with unfavorable occurrences, our choices and decisions make the difference. Just as Tara did in Black Child to Black Woman, as she transitioned from wife to mother, she began to see her life through different lenses. If you are looking for a true, gritty story about life in its rawest form, then Black Child to Black Woman: A Journey of Tremendous Proportions by Cheryl Denise Bannerman will fit the bill.