Poetry and Ponderings

A Journey of Abuse and Healing Through Poetry

Poetry - Inspirational
138 Pages
Reviewed on 08/17/2017
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Author Biography

I am an author of two inspirational books, both having won awards. My first book, Breaking The Silence recently won a Gold Medal from Reader's Favorite in the category of Inspirational Fiction. Breaking The Silence is based on a true story-my story. Breaking The Silence has also won five other awards for Inspirational Fiction.
Poetry and Ponderings recently received a five star review from Reader's Favorite as well as a Gold Medal from the Nonfiction Author's Association and a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
Both books are available in numerous places online. It is my hope that my books will help others to find hope and healing amidst the rubble of life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

Have you ever felt at peace just by looking at a book cover? The cover is what immediately drew me to Poetry and Ponderings: A Journey of Abuse and Healing Through Poetry by Diamante Lavendar. Before turning to the first poem, this reader knew that Lavendar’s words would soothe the soul and demand repetitive readings. “Sometimes, life is a dance. Other times, it’s a journey,” says poet Diamante Lavendar in her inspirational collection of verse formatted into twenty sections referred to as Enlightened Affirmations and designed according to theme. As Lavendar instructs us to claim a place in society, she reminds us that life has a purpose and that we need to hold that purpose firmly within our sights. Lavendar advises us that “Success is measured by the succession of the little steps you take.”

As the poet continues to offer words of encouragement, she also warns the reader of imminent dark clouds in life. “Love to the best of your ability. Give without hope of receiving. Be thankful for even the tiniest blessings. Know that good comes from even the worst circumstances. Realize only then you are in a position to truly live." Diamante Lavendar’s work is an inspiration in any of the 122 pages of heartfelt affirmations obviously based on actual life trials. This chap book of both rhyming and free verse lessons in life is a beautifully woven addition to any personal collection as is reflected in these words: “Hard lessons learned are the focal points on the map of life.” Lavendar urges the reader to push forward in finding peace.