The Hands That Held Me


Non-Fiction - Memoir
296 Pages
Reviewed on 12/14/2019
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Author Biography

I had been posting my memories on facebook as they surfaced in my mind. My followers grew rapidly in numbers. Fueled by their prompts and desires for me to write the book, The Hands That Held Me was written to comfort and inspire other survivors of abuse, domestic violence, or addiction and overdose. I wanted to be a voice for those who suffer in silence with the childhood trauma that has haunted them their entire lives, and let them know they are never alone. God held me through things no child should ever see, hear, or experience and kept me alive to share my story to help others.

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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

The Hands That Held Me by Lisa Jo Symonds is a poignant memoir that follows the journey of the protagonist through her hurt and brokenness towards healing and empowerment. Lisa’s journey is that of trauma, abuse, and addiction. Growing up in an addicted household, Lisa experienced physical and sexual abuse, becoming pregnant at the age of fifteen when she escapes home to live in the streets filled with prostitutes and addicts. She shares her story of her sister’s overdose and her attempted suicide. But all along with her struggle for survival, someone has cared so deeply for her and loved her even more than she might have imagined. Her realization that she is loved unconditionally by God became the path to a new life.

The Hands That Held Me by Lisa Jo Symonds is a story of pain and redemption, a story filled with hope and love and faith. From the very start, readers understand the depth of the darkness into which the protagonist was plunged. “I am struggling. Struggling to breathe, struggling to think, struggling to fight the fog that seems to be closing in on my mind." This is the story of a woman who survived abuse and addiction and went on to earn a Master’s Degree and became one of the positive influences in the lives of others. It is told in a voice that is clear and engaging. At times Lisa Jo Symonds’ voice comes across as ruthlessly honest. It is easy to feel connected to the protagonist as one reads about her pain and misery. The Hands That Held Me is an inspiring story that shows readers that they can always rise up, no matter how low they have fallen. Written in prose that is fluid and in a voice that is strong and consistent, this memoir is compelling and inspiring.

Mary sondrini

This is a must read. Everyone who struggles in life with addiction can relate. I was always a religious person until I got myself in the drug life. It ruined me but I look to good still every day. Lisa Jo symonds that was one hell of an awesome book. You inspired me. I could relate a lot your book helped me see the light again and for that thank you. The hands that held me is truly inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. Anyone who can should read this book. I'm sharing my copy for people to read. Hopefully it will inspired done of them to come see the light. I loved this book. Keep writing more please