Starting Over Again by Susan Voyles

Starting Over Again
Susan Voyles
Infinity Publishing (2008)
ISBN 9780741446190
Reviewed by Lori Plach for Reader Views (7/08)


Do you like reading true stories?  Are you inspired by books which talk about a person who overcomes incredible odds to achieve their goals? Have you ever been victimized by a man who wants to have control over all aspects of a woman’s life? Maybe you know of someone who finds themselves in such a situation and they cannot see a light at the end of the tunnel. If you can answer yes to at least one of these questions, “Starting Over Again” is a must read book!

Susan Voyles uses her personal experience to help the reader realize that they too can break free from a controller. Susan Voyles has found herself in a terrible relationship with Kenny. Her live-in lover and eventual husband and father of her daughter Amber will stop at nothing to control her emotions, financial stability, work career, and other relationships. Amber is destroyed by her father who says he loves her but is ripping her apart.

When reading this book, I was amazed how ill a control freak really is. If there was something to hurt poor Susan he found it. He even had a judge in Texas convinced that his actions were right. It shows how unjust some people can be when a controller can fool with their mind — a true wolf in sheep’s clothing.

“Starting Over Again” shows how strong a parent’s love can be. Not only Susan Voyles earthly parents who gave up their home in order to try to make a difference in their daughter and granddaughter’s life showed their love unconditionally. Her heavenly father never leaves her side no matter what obstacles are dealt her way. Her extensive love for Amber and hating to see her torn between her parents is endless. Her path back to her Lord and Savior came through a trial of pain and extreme suffering. “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” shows our Lord’s never-ending love. “All things do work together for the good of those who love Him” is evident in the fact that Susan now has sole custody of her daughter.

Susan Voyles writes in such a manner that makes it very easy for the reader to feel her pain and experience her Savior the way she does. She is very talented and God has definitely blessed her with many talents. God’s love, courage and determination can get you through even the most difficult times. Susan is never alone in her roles of “Starting Over Again.” I sincerely hope that she finds success in everything she does. This is an excellent book for anyone who has ever dealt with the pain of abuse or knows someone who has. There is hope for those who suffer!

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