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I applaud the intent of this book and it is powerful in its message but yet it feels as if it lacks a few things. I 'm Ok with open poetry but even it has periods. colons, semicolons, etc. to it and this just reads free form with none of that. I see the book lacks a major publisher and I assume it's because the author wanted to retain copyright control . I can understand that but a good editor may have made this a better read. The presentation and feel of the book just feel off.
That said it is not the type of book ones read casually. This is a book that demands our attention or we miss key points of it. A "Pillow thoughts" type of read this is not The healing and the process itself is quite good. We see the author, as is through a scrapbook, come to heal and her process of that .
It's not the worst book. Ot just could have been presented better.
I received no free copy of this so my opinions are not influenced by gifting.
I loved it! The book is divided into three chapters. The first one dealing with the pain and the destructive power of hurtful events in our lives. The second chapter deals with changing as a person in spite of our sufferings. The final chapter she pens the joy of victory in the aftermath of these trials. The first chapter was my favorite. Michelle Stradford uses vivid and graphic language to bring the reader to see a clear word pictures to describe the depth of despair in the worst of suffering. I'm proud of her for bravely dealing with the subject of suffering that even those close to us often do not want to hear. My favorite poem in the book however, is "Mission Me" found in the last chapter. This poem summarises the whole experience of trials, changing, and overcomming. Well Done!!!
This was not a good read. Honestly as a lover of poetry - i felt disconnect and an inability to follow the stream of thoughts... I stopped reading after the 6th or 7th page. Maybe, i needed to read more. But, simply could not.
I give it 2 stars just for the brave writer to share her art with the world. I just wish I was one of the many who could get it.
I cannot say enough about this book, I felt that the author's mind was dissected and streamed through fingertips to pen and paper. This book will inspire you to no longer let your heart be concealed behind the ribcage of life but to be disburdened and heard. The author speaks deep from within the heart and soul. One word "IMPRESSIVE".
Michelle Stradford has done it again. “I’m Rising” is fierce and fresh, with inspiration for everyone. Friendship, love, pain, heartache, achievement, resilience, triumph—all part of the rich tapestry of this collection of poems. She is a She-nado!
The poems in "I'm Rising" are potent with the beauty of raw truth, fierce love and the gifts of unity. Truly grateful for Michelle Stradford sharing her heart's song with each word... They refuel our strength and unite us in this adventurous journey of life.
I bought this for an overseas friend. I read a little bit of the poetry and loved it!! Great for a gift or yourself! It could be a good poetry book for a small group to use in a poetry study and discussion.