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JoAnn Santore Dickson invites you to take a glimpse into her spiritual journey in Butterfly of Hope: Finding My Wings. This moving memoir contains her opinions, reflections, and recollections about her past that follow her transformation to become the person that she is now. She compares her early life to a symbolic caterpillar that lives under the influence of others’ emotions and egos. Being raised in the Christian Science faith, she avoided going to the doctor unless it was totally necessary. Cervical dystonia and breast cancer plunged her into fear and despair, and her journal echoes her thoughts and feelings and how she found strength along the way. Because she wanted to fly so much she was willing to give up being a caterpillar. She has found a new purpose by becoming a mentor and helping others emerge from their cocoon.
JoAnn Santore Dickson’s story is all about the transformative power of the human spirit and the way it allows your resilience to shine through and inspire others to beat the odds. Dickson vividly portrays her great challenges as characters in themselves, like villains in a movie. This is part of what makes her memoir inspiring as it drives readers to keep reading, inviting them to feel the same way as she did. Butterfly of Hope is a colorful true-to-life tale about spiritual awakenings that makes you hold your breath with an intimate power that inspires you to spread your wings. The way Dickson takes you on her journey step by step has a taste of both despair and sweetness. Her development is a testament to the power of the human spirit. It’s a must-read for anyone who has given up hope.