Monday, 22 December 2014

In The Mind of a Victim by Donata Joseph

Title: DONATA – In the Mind of a Victim
Author Name: Donata Joseph

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Author Bio: Short Bio:
Donata Joseph is a motivational speaker who is passionate about encouraging, empowering and elevating individuals in all walks of life. Whether it's through her non-profit organization Adding Doses of HOPE Daily Foundation or through her all natural skincare line DONATA, she endeavors to make and impact on the lives of others.
"Use the darkness of your past to propel you to a brighter future." - Donata Joseph
Long Bio:
Donata Joseph believes in making her mark and changing lives. 
In 2011, Ms. Joseph founded Adding Doses of Hope Daily Foundation to empower families of children with Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She wanted to share her experiences, challenges and tips for raising two children diagnosed with ADHD. 
In 2012, she decided to break the silence and address the escalating issue of Domestic Violence. Her blog, Behind Closed Doors, chronicled a seven-year abusive relationship. The post elicited responses from people all over the world. The Foundation sponsors events and programs that bridge the gap between mental health and healthy relationships. Through motivational speaking, youth mentoring and parenting education, she encourages, empowers and elevates individuals in all walks of life to reflect on their overall mental wellness. Prior to founding Adding Doses of Hope Daily foundation, Ms. Joseph volunteered in a variety of community settings, including nonprofit organizations, youth centers and churches. 
In 2013, Ms. Joseph created DONATA, a natural skin care line that also offers skincare, nutrition and health seminars. She uses this platform to empower teens and adults to see the connection between their minds, bodies and spirits. The proceeds from DONATA help fund programs for Adding Doses of Hope Daily Foundation. 
Ms. Joseph obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida International University with an emphasis in Behavioral Analysis. She was a research assistant in the University’s Center for Children and Families, where she focused on research and treatment of evidence-based approaches in child and adolescent mental health.
She lives in Miami, Florida with her three children.

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Book Genre: Self-Help|Inspirational
Publisher: Adding Doses of HOPE Daily
Release Date: December 7, 2014
Buy Link(s): Amazon

Book Description:
In this soul-bearing book, Donata Joseph reveals why she stayed in a seven-year abusive relationship and the incident that motivated her to leave.

She talks honestly about the judgmental remarks elicited from family and friends who did not understand the emotional, familial and financial complexity of her situation or why she did not recognize herself as a victim.

In a heart-wrenching chapter, Ms. Joseph discusses the impact her abusive relationship had on her two teen daughters and young son and the ensuing parent-child conversations that changed all of their lives.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, consider recommending this book. Ms. Joseph wraps up her knowledge, wisdom and advice in a non-threatening package delivered with compassion and understanding.

Book Review -- In The Mind of a Victim by Donata Joseph

Donata: In the Mind of a VictimDonata: In the Mind of a Victim by Donata Joseph
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a deeply moving and impactful book. Donata Joseph bears her life story for all of us to read. She takes us through how she suffered from a long abusive relationship, the reasoning behind her hesitation, the stigma and taboo factors from the family and society, the financial difficulties, and above all, the influence it had on her two teenage daughters and young son. The narrative is gut-wrenching and one is able to empathise with the emotional and physical pain the author went through.

What I admire most about the book is that the author does not whine about all that happened to her. The narrative is factual, although very sorrowful. The author then takes us through how she rebuilt her shattered life and how she decided to act upon it. This is a very powerful book and would touch the core of any reader,

I recommend this book to everyone - victims and non-victims!

My rating for this book: 5 stars

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Kids from the River by Mark G Cosman

Young Adult / New Adult Dystopian
Date Published: July 2014

As the current age thunders to a close, five children are playing in a river that runs through a forest to the sea. All the while, the society they are to inherit is disintegrating. The story follows the diverse predispositions of the kids from the river into adulthood. Amy and Max become lovers while James maintains an erotic passion for Amy and becomes Max's scheming rival. In their decaying world, lawless marauders from the northern frontier sweep down upon a teetering world government while political conspiracies and disease run rampant. As adults, the kids from the river take separate paths to finding love and losing it, to ascending on meteoric careers and plunging into the depths of self-destruction. Amy's father, John Ramsey, inventor of the mysterious Moon Glow project, is continually under assault as the head of the world's most successful company. Known as the "last great man," Ramsey is despised by the new political order, led by Senator Aaron Mire, a charismatic charlatan and a product of a descending age. In these desperate times to come, the duration of life and memory diminish.
Mark Cosman’s writing began when his daughter, Berlyn, was murdered following her high school prom. It was when he left the rubble of his beliefs and assumptions to go in search of answers to the most profound questions we humans ask ourselves. His first book, “A Flower in the Snow” and later, “The Kids from the River” are the result of that odyssey.

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Book Review -- The Kids from the River by Mark Cosman

The Kids from the RiverThe Kids from the River by Mark Cosman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The book involves numerous dimensions, facets and characters, all revolving around some kids that begin their journies by playing by a river. Among the five kids, the story is pivoted around three - Amy Ramsey, Max Morgan and James. The readers gets a good glimpse into their characters right from when they are small children. James is the spoilt brat who takes comfort in hurting others, Amy is a bit delusioned about the right and the wrong, although has no malicious intentions, and Max is very righteous. As they grow up, the author weaves the threads of their lives into larger issues such political conspiracies, power, corruption and betrayal. Amy and James join Senator Mire's politicaly party - Amy because she is convinced there is some goodness there and James for the power. Amy's father, John Ramsey, the most feared rival of Mire, is struggling with his own inner demons and guilt. James implicates Max in a false crime, in revenge for stealing Amy's heart. Fate plays its game as usual and Max gets aquitted and James gets caught for a con activity he has been at, for long. John contracts a deadly virus and meets an agonisingly slow death. At John's funeral, as the kids from the river reunite, each is just a shadow from the past. Do Amy and Max get together? Does James realise his follies? Does the evil sustain itself? These are the questions that the book answers for us.

What starts as a promising plot gets lost somewhere mid-way with presumably what could have been a dilemma for the author - does one develop stronger and deeper characters, or does one develop a compelling storyline? The characters are remarkable, and I laud the author for having given insightful narratives for each of them. The pace of the book fits with the plot and the author's command over the language is brilliant.

I recommend this book to lovers of young-adult and coming-of-age themes.

My rating for this book: 3 stars

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