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Loosed: You Can Live Again is Marlene Tucker's attempt to show the world that no matter how difficult life can be, we can all try to find courage within ourselves to overcome difficulties. As an active Christian, Marlene held faith in God until the death of her brother caused her to doubt God. She went through several difficulties, made choices that brought problems in relationships and marriage, and she struggled to raise her children alone. She also struggled to get employment due to discrimination, but eventually she restored her faith in God, and gained new wisdom to understand that she had made the wrong choices, that she could forgive those who wronged her, and that she could tell her story to inspire others to put their trust in God's strength and wisdom.
The book is made up of concentrated accounts of life events and reflections on why she made the choices she made at the time and why they were wrong. She encouraged herself to do better, despite harsh critics, and what is inspiring is her ability to overcome guilt and bitterness and instead take pride in achievements and learn to love yourself and move on from the past. Her argument is that there is a strong desire to be free, fulfilled and confident in people, and this should be accompanied by love, wisdom and caution regarding major life decisions. She also believes that people should own up to the truth of their mistakes, but still not allow guilt to prevent them from rebuilding their self esteem.
I hope that people who can identify with any of these experiences will truly work to uplift themselves and see the worth of themselves and of living life. There is a strength in being spiritual and you can use your experiences to shape your character in the right direction. One inspiring line said by Marlene's son speaks volumes about the treasure of spirituality and embodying the soul force in our self worth and life battles: “...the fullness of His deity should be dwelling within us, with this knowledge, we know we can't fail.”