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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
My Impossible Life: Trauma Travel Transcendence by Charlene D. Jones is a fascinating memoir. It chronicles the author's journey from being taken captive by two men, the horrible secrets that time held and the numbness that followed after that, her meeting David, life with a schizophrenic mother, the crazy life she led, the angels asking her to leave David, boarding a plane to England and India, finding a spiritual guide, her Tibetan guru, meeting Cecilie, and other global adventures. The account finally sees her embarking on a meditative path towards self-acceptance, redemption, and healing, one that gives hope, courage, and strength to many readers out there to overcome challenges and adversity in their lives, putting them on a path to recovery and self-discovery.
My Impossible Life gives glimpses of not only Charlene D. Jones being a survivor but also how she courageously transformed her life, instead of wallowing in self-pity and getting caught up in the grief and trauma she experienced. She is honest and straightforward as she speaks about her life, how she decided to heal herself from the traumas she experienced and make her life whole and complete. The author's story will motivate readers, and her spiritual practices and her determination to heal and transform her life are incredible as they show a woman's strength and belief in herself. Charlene D. Jones's story of healing and triumph will give hope to many readers about being able to transcend their past and move towards a future that is meaningful and just the opposite of what she went through. Her detailed narration makes her compelling and traumatic story palpable to readers, an inspiring example on their journey to recovery from grief, trauma, and adversity.