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Both Things Are True: A Journey from Fearing Trust to Trusting Fear is an inspirational story by Janine Valentine. The story unravels while she is on a luxury dive boat vacation some months after traveling is allowed again after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Before she can fly home, she tests positive for Covid 19 and ends up stranded on a conservative Islamic island in the Maldives. Unfortunately, the country has no clear plan on how to provide shelter, food, or medicine for tourists in quarantine. Feeling alone and abandoned, she has to fend for herself in a foreign country where she has to deal with a language barrier and only $38 cash in her pocket. As her symptoms worsen, her sense of uncertainty and fear also increases. Finding solace in the sea nearby, she discovers her real self and a higher power that makes her feel no one is truly alone in life.
Janine Valentine’s Both Things Are True is a beautifully written memoir that deals with the author’s story of survival as she confronts the overpowering feeling of uncertainty and fear. Written like a diary, the author’s vivid descriptions take her readers through her struggle's daily ups and downs as she offers insights into the power of spirituality and self-reflection. This is a story that should serve as an inspiration to anyone facing a difficult situation. Janine Valentine’s memoir reveals her vulnerability compellingly so that reading her memoir feels like having an intimate conversation with a friend. Ultimately, Both Things Are True shows that growth is always possible even in the face of the most challenging circumstances. Highly recommended!