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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
How Nature Healed a Broken Soul is a work of non-fiction in the memoir, slice-of-life, and inspirational writing subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was largely penned by author Penny James but finished and prepared for publication by her sister after her death in 2019. Readers are invited to explore the author’s remarkable life journey from being a beauty contest winner in Colorado to becoming a world-renowned fashion model. With a career spanning eleven years working with prestigious agencies like Wilhelmina and Ford, Penny graced the covers of Playboy five times, yet she never agreed to a centerfold. Penny's unwavering faith in God, her belief in the interconnectedness of all beings on Earth, and her ultimate healing journey serve as inspiring and transformative lessons for the reader. This book not only provides insight into Penny's life but also imparts valuable wisdom about recovery, spirituality, and finding solace in nature.
Author Penny James and the dedicated family who have helped her words come into print have achieved a masterpiece that captures all the complexities of life and the strength to overcome even the darkest moments we are faced with. I was particularly interested in the discussions where Penny dealt with her alcoholism, and I felt these were penned with raw emotion but also a wise sense of hindsight that will bring great comfort to anyone experiencing a similar situation. The elegant prose speaks of Penny’s personality, her strength, and her good nature, and the work is a poignant and engaging account of a life transformed by all sorts of exciting and difficult experiences. But it is also a testament to the power of faith, resilience, and the healing force of nature. Penny James's legacy lives on through this touching memoir, and overall I would not hesitate to recommend How Nature Healed a Broken Soul to anyone in search of faith and hope.