Safe From The Past
by Patricia Miller Mauro
Summary from LitFuse Publishing:
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.
While this is a bit off the path of the YA genre I tend to find myself reading, I was intrigued at first to grab this title by the title alone. Safe From The Past, seemed to just reach out to me. I am one who really believes that the title and cover do really matter. Well, while it recounts the personal tale of Patricia Miller Mauro, I found it could really be the back story or at the very least strike a nerve of many people.
I will always recommend a book to youth, adults too, that will show them what they can do, regardless of where they come from, what they have or have not or whatever situations they may endure. Whether it be fiction or non-fiction, I find it important to find those stories that can embrace one’s soul and give it, at the very least, an idea of what it can become. Safe From The Past is one of those books.
All too often people run from their past, Patricia Miller Mauro embraced hers. Taking all of her experiences and building on them. I found her telling of her past to be a true inspiration. We live in an age where it is all too common for people to depend on others for sustenance. This story is one that should be required reading in all schools. It is a living tale of what ONE can do for THEMSELVES, a tale that can be the inspiration for real change.
Of the many lessons that I took from reading this book there is one that may be overlooked…be a mentor, an example. Never be afraid to reach out and extend an offering of help, you never know whose life you can change with not only your actions, but your words.
We all have a past, our story, it is what drives us and makes us who we are today. Whether we want to believe that or not, some say they escape it, run from it, change their path, I truly believe that no matter how pleasant or unpleasant our past is, it either cripples us or motivates us. It is truly up to each individual to make a choice. Choose our destination. It is not always a matter of where or who we’ve been, but where our destination and who we become.
I received this book from LitFuse Publicity by The P3 Press, through their Book Reviewers Program in exchange to read the book and write a review about the book. There were no monies exchanged for this review. I want to extend a thank you to LitFuse Publicity for the opportunity to take part in the reading of review of Safe From The Past.
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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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