Book Reviews

I never expected the kind of reviews I have received.  I just told my story and was shocked at how it affected so many people -- here are a few:

Battered Hope will grab you right from the first chapter. I couldn'’t put it down. This story how Carol Graham overcame many obstacles will intrigue and inspire you. It is a true testimony how faith in God can see you through the darkest moments in life.  I highly recommend Battered Hope.  Gwen B.
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As one reads Battered Hope you feel at first almost overwhelmed with the repeated and ongoing disasters of sickness, betrayal, injustice and financial ruin buffeting you at every page.  But turn the page you must because Carol Graham’s story compels you to find out how Carol will survive, and I am sure for some to see what further chaos will ensue.   However, the power of the story is not in the disasters and chaos, it is in the fact that Carol and her husband have endured as a couple with their sanity intact.  This speaks volumes of their faith in each other and in God.  The book gives insight into the strength of love and commitment as well as helping you keep a proper perspective on the problems in your own life.  The book is a fairly short 288 pages,  the story very readable and its message of hope that shines through is one everyone should read.  Dan Mc
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Carol thank you for going through whatever pain and work you did in order to provide inspiration for the rest of us!  I am inspired to look at the difficulties I'm going through with a different perspective  I have always been big in self-pity, and I hate that and want to end that cycle.  Yours is the opposite way, and the best way.  Thank you for helping me see a different path to work towards.  I so admire people like you.  Becky
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By the way, I did not get any work done today and it is all your fault.I was reading your book and could not put it down. Very well written. If you were here I would give you a big hug. But that will have to wait. Can I say I'm proud of you? S.G.
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Fabulous book! Non-stop energy and agility right through every chapter. Truly a great read. Thank you for sharing your amazing life experiences. F. D.
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This morning instead of working I picked up your book again.  I am only at page 65, but one thing I cannot get over is how remarkably strong your faith is.  As you say in your book many people would have blamed God, and possibly left religion behind.  I am not sure how to word this, but, the fact that the two of you can still believe in God after what I have read and most likely more, is astounding to me.  It shows me how incredibly strong the two of you are, to be able to still trust in anyone other than yourselves is amazing. G. D.
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I finished this book and just wanted to say that it was riveting, sad, astounding – all of those and more.  The fact that Carol is still here to tell the tale is amazing! D.D.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY RIVETING, June 1, 2013
Absolutely riveting! I was not able to put this book down. Simply captivating. The author definitely has a gift for telling her story! I was going through a hopeless situation while reading this book and her story and strength made me realize that if she can make it, I can as well. She writes it like a novel which makes it an enjoyable read. It kept my attention throughout.  Dar
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Well done! You are a very patient woman and have an amazing faith. I too have made some very poor choices in life and I too know if I didn't have God in my life I would have given up and crumpled and long time ago. I too have wondered how others survive without him? Thank you! S. E.
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Just finished your book and it is AMAZING,unbelievable and certainly a page turner!! It truly is a testimony of faith,hope and perseverance,yet a story of God's grace and triumph! B. L.
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Wow -- you went through some heavy and hard times....I finished the book in a day and half!!  I really admire your tenacity and will to keep going forward when things looked so bleak....strong woman. M. C.
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finished your book this morning.  I started it last night.  OMG!  What a nightmare.  You had to be strong to survive all of those challenges and a VERY strong faith.  A. M.
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Girl! Absolutely riveting! I can truly see how people won't be able to put your book down.  Simply captivating. You definitely have a gift! D. S.
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Admirable. Very unusual challenges to overcome.  Positive strength and faith were her best friends. I really enjoyed this novel. I was able to read it very quickly and loved the large print. A. M.
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Carol,  you are a champion and a servant – thanks for your courage and your commitment.  Throughout your story I felt joy for you with hope of the beginnings, what should have become good but cried and cried when time and time again the hope was battered by people who took advantage of you.   I appreciate so much that you do understand and say in your book for others to learn  “What did God have to do with our bad decisions, our mistakes, and our failures? And yes, I too have said over the years “How do people go through the trials of life without God to lean on?” Well done E.M.
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I am 89 years old and I read your book without putting it down. I cried and cried and related with your pain. I won't tell you why but suffice it to say, you gave me hope, for the first time in a very long time. A.F.
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Finished your book.  I will never again complain about my insignificant problems.  So sorry you two have been through all that but so glad that you made it this far.  Thanks for your example of faith under fire.  Dan
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I've been reading your book for 3 days and busy as heck and already on chapter 7.  It is very well written and keeps me wanting to know more. Your faith in God is very encouraging and I will always keep it close with me. Thanks so much and I hope writing this helped you and your family heal even more.   "Feed my fears or feed my faith, The choice was mine"  I'm going to write that down.  H.E.
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Fascinating book.  You are a very courageous woman. P.L.
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God told you to write this book, so why are you surprised it is a success? S A G
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Even though I knew the story I had to keep reading and turning the pages at rapid speed because again, I could not believe the unending diatribe of debilitating events that make up the story and your life. Shelley H Rae  (Editor of Battered Hope)
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I read the whole book and I must tell you I am amazed that you are still standing.  I know it is very powerful and it will bless many lives that are going through tragedy in their lives as well.  
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The Book was wonderfully written, but I do admit it was awfully hard for me to read about all the sadness.  You seem to be so positive and happy go-lucky ....thank you for the book I will share it with many. C. T.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent.., June 14, 2013


I couldn't put it down, her faith and trust kept her going when all others
would have given up. A quick must read!
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Nicole
Excellent read! Helped me through a hard time in my life. I definitely recommend it! I couldn't put it down, read it in two days
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By Annie J
I enjoyed reading this book. She is such a strong person and definitely does not play the victim. I have nothing than admiration for the author. I do know her and I am counting her as a very good friend. She has lots of integrity and ethics. I read the book in one day and could not put it down. Fantastic!____________
4.0 out of 5 stars Hopeful, June 19, 2013
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It is amazing how someone can go through so much and never give up hope for a better tomorrow. This book will inspire you to keep going as you read all that Carol went through but never lost her hope. Dee
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  •  Anonymous -- NOOK  Posted June 25, 2013       Absolutely the best read
I literally could not stop reading this memoir written as a novel. There is so much happening and keeps your attention. Very well written with mystery, drama, emotional highs and lows. I cried and laughed and was encouraged in so many ways. If she can get through what she went through, I can certainly get through my problems with God's help.
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Amazon - 4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Telling, October 11, 2013
R. Pogue (Portland, OR) 
Carol knows how to tell a story - the book is very engaging. More than that, I'm really impressed by her courage and devotion to her family. An inspirational life! 
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Carol's book is easy to read and inspirational, July 8, 2014
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Suzy Que - This is a story about determination, hope, faith, patience and persistence. Carol's book is easy to read and inspirational.
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Battered, maybe tattered, but definitely not shattered hope!, April 21, 2014
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Marie Angele Abanga - This book is one more of those which get me hooked for 24 hours. I could only give it the max of 5 stars although Carol deserves more! Wow, what Determination - what Discipline - what Dedication - What Faith.  I thought I had a thriller to my life, but l must admit this memoir is one of the most thrilling I have come across. From numerous health hazards and you name the rest, from being dubbed and abused and being tossed by both man and the law...  Indeed, only a woman of faith like Carol will lean in, along with her family and numerous faithful dogs. Carol's faith could be ours too and a safe way to live on!
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A Story of Real Tenacity, October 23, 2013
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Mary Olson - The author suffered a lot in her life, but was able to overcome the difficulties and make the best of it with God's help.
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It arrived yesterday at 1:00 in the mail and I finished it by 11 last night.  Wow!  What turmoil and great faith!  I want to order another copy and have it sent to my daughter to be an encouragement through her.”
A.K.
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Life is a Struggle, July 17, 2014
If you think life has tested you, reading this book will show you that no matter how bad your life gets, there is someone who has it so much worse.

 





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