About the Book:
A kidnapping, the divorce of her parents, the loss of her father, temporary abandonment and extreme poverty are just some of the issues the author dealt with as a young child.
Her mother finally tells her she must go to college so she can break out of this cycle of poverty and hopelessness. But how can she when she has no money and absolutely no confidence or self esteem?
Read this true story to discover what hope, faith and determination can do to change a life.
A truly inspiring, deeply personal tale of perseverance in the face of unimaginable hardships, Safe from the Past makes clear the restorative power of an education.
Told in an open, honest voice with the deepest sincerity, the author's life story serves as a rousing inspiration to those with the desire to create a better life than the one they are currently living.
No matter how helpless you feel, everyone has the power to shape their own life.
This autobiography is a nice, quick read, that has potential to be a much longer book. It tells the story of a woman who experienced more in her childhood than many of us ever face, who used those experiences to lead herself to a better life. It took a lot of hard work, perseverance and, above all, faith, both in herself and others, but she was able to reach her goal of a college degree and move herself out of a life of poverty and despair. Safe From the Past is a great motivator for those who think they cannot achieve their goal due to minor things. If the author could overcome the odds she faced, then surely we can overcome lesser obstacles that stand in our way. I would have loved even more to hear more about her childhood and her experiences, but there is definitely enough to allow the reader to understand the author's message. I also liked that she briefly, very briefly, lived in Rochester, NY and worked at Perkin's, but that is simply because I live in Rochester and worked at Perkin's for several years myself (not while the author worked there though and likely not even the same Perkin's).
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys autobiographies of living people and/or stories of overcoming difficult situations to achieve a goal. Safe From the Past is also a fitting book for any older child of an alcoholic and/or an abused parent as it shows that it is okay to hope and dream. It is also a great book to read if you are short on time or just want something you can read a chapter or 2 at a time.
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About the author
Patricia worked in New York City's financial district for thirteen years in the field of securities operations. At that time, she went on to obtain an MBA from New York University. She and her husband moved to Dallas, TX in 2001 where they are raising their two children.
During her time in NY, Patricia wrote an article entitled "A Tribute To My Mother" which was published in "The Recovery Journal" in 1999. Her book is a continuation of that tribute and serves to spread the message to those in similar situations that good news is on its way to children considering a higher education but who are afraid to dream. For more information please visit, www.patriciamaurobooks.com.
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